Erykah Badu’s ‘Worldwide Underground’ is her third studio album, released on September 16, 2003 by Motown Records.
Track listing : . 1.World Keeps Turnin’ (Intro) (Erykah Badu) – 1:39 . 2.Bump It (Erykah Badu, Audrey Magett, James Poyser, B. Rashad Smith) – 8:49 . 3.Back in the Day (Puff) (Erykah Badu, Audrey Magett, James Poyser, B. Rashad Smith) – 4:46 . 4.I Want You (Erykah Badu, Audrey Magett, James Poyser, B. Rashad Smith, Bailon) – 10:53 . 5.Woo (Erykah Badu, R.C. Williams) – 3:14 . 6.The Grind (featuring Dead Prez) (Erykah Badu, Dead Prez) – 2:49 . 7.Danger (Erykah Badu, James Poyser, B. Rashad Smith, R.C. Williams) – 5:49 . 8.Think Twice (Erykah Badu, Donald Byrd) – 3:02 . 9.Love of My Life Worldwide (Erykah Badu, Bahamadia, Queen Latifah, Angie Stone) – 5:26 . 10.World Keeps Turnin’ (Outro) (Erykah Badu) – 4:01 .
Musicians : . Erykah Badu – Vocals, Background Vocals . Queen Latifah – Vocals On (11) . Bahamadia – Vocals On (11) . Angie Stone – Vocals On (11) . Zap Mama – Vocals . Stic Man – Vocals . Karen Wheeler – Vocals . Doc Gibbs – Percussion . Roy Hargrove – Trumpet, Vocals . Dwayne Kerr – Flute . Lenny Kravitz – Electric Guitar . Bray Lon Lacy – Bass, Clapping . James Poyser – Keyboard . R.C. Williams – Keyboard . Eevin Wright – Clapping . Jazz Bell – Background Vocals . Sam Bell – Background Vocals . Chinah Blac – Background Vocals . Tisha Creer – Background Vocals . Alfredo Gray – Background Vocals . Robert Pack – Background Vocals . A. Pérez – Background Vocals .
Production . Produced by Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, Freakquency, Raphael Saadiq, James Poyser . Leslie Brathwaite – Mixing . Shinobu Mitsuoka – Assistant Engineer . Tim Olmstead – Assistant Engineer . Robert Wechsler – Mastering .
Package : . Kenny J. Gravillis – Art Direction . Marc Baptiste – Photography . Melanie Harris – Make-Up . Carlton Jones – Stylist .
Recorded in 2003 .
Released on September 16, 2003 by Motown Records.
Where scarcely sketched-out words and ideas have a tendency to fall into that painful American Idol vat of melismas, Badu keeps the proceedings here buoyant and relaxed with that supple-lipped scat of hers, stretching out scant syllables at her lounging, loopy leisure. […]
Since Erykah set the standard with Baduism her crown has been passed between a succession of contemporaries, in Worldwide Underground she rightly reclaims her place upon the throne. No one else comes close. […]
And for the first time in her career, Badu is wearing her own voice (she must have found herself in them gardens) and it is unmistakably Badu. According to Badu, much of Worldwide Underground was inspired by a relative period of writer’s block, so she and her band hit the road—the “Frustrated Artist Tour”—to bring the groove back to the folksand it’s the folks who got her focus back. Worldwide Underground contains some of the studio gems from her travels. […]