New Music: Erykah Badu

Part two of her New Amerykah series, Return of the Ankh, is due out March 30th. The first single, Window Seat is produced by James Poyser and the Queen herself and features ?uestlove of The Roots on drums.

"Can I get a window seat, don't want nobody next to me, I just want a chance to fly, a chance to cry...."

Return of the Ankh Tracklisting:

1. 20 Feet Tall
2. Window Seat
3. Agitation
4. Get Money
5. Don’t Be Long
6. Love
7. Umm Hmm
8. Fall in Love
9. Incense
10. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1)
11. Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)

Erykah Badu - Window Seat

New Five One

<a href="http://thefiveone.bandcamp.com/track/remind-me-r-yksopp">Remind ME (Röyksopp) by The Five One</a>

I love these cats! My new goal for the summer is to see them live, even if I have to take a day trip all the way to DC to do it. They're currently working on their Deuce Day World EP, but in the meantime give us another remix. Enjoy!

The Five One -Remind Me ft. Röyksopp


Driis: Idris Elba's Alter Ego

Most recognize the face above as the handsome British actor best known for his stint as Stringer Bell on HBO's critically acclaimed The Wire or as Beyonce's faithful husband in Obsessed. What you may not know is that acting [and being fine] aren't his only talents, he's branching out into music. Coming onto the scene first as a DJ, and now as an artist, he's releasing a five track EP entitled High Class Problems on Monday, the 8th.

Best I Can leaked sometime last year, and while he's not the best vocalist, as you can imagine, the song is still poignant in a way you can only accredit to lyrics drawn on personal experiences. From the sound of it, all the tracks have that same potential, so I'm looking forward to hearing it in its entirety.

Track list:
1. Best That I Can (Written by Driis, Produced by Vitamin D)
2. Please Be True (Written by Driis, Produced by Pete Rock & Driis)
3. Private Garden (Written by Driis, Produced by 9th Wonder)
4. Extraordinary Love (Written by Driis & Hanif Jainlett, Produced by Hanif Jainlett for Hevlar Recordings)
5. Absolutely (Written by Driis & The Klassix, Produced by The Klassix)


New Music: Marsha Ambrosius, Ludacris, Erykah Badu

We've been waiting for a solo album from the Floacist for a while now, and I think we may actually get it in 2010. With new material leaking, it looks her like her voice is as beautiful as ever and the song writing skills are still intact.

Luda's seventh studio album Battle of the Sexes in due out in a month's time now. A Nicki Minaj collaboration (she's making the rounds huh?) just leaked as well as a remix to the club banger How Low, featuring fellow A-town artist Ciara and a little Latin flow fron Pitbull.

Ludacris ft. Nicki Minaj - My Chick Bad

New Amerykah Pt. II: Return of the Ankh releases March 30th without this track featuring the jail-bound Wayne and Bilal, who's making his way back onto the scene.

Before I Was Born: Top Billin'

1980s rap duo Audio Two is most known for their single Top Billin' off their debut What More Can I Say?. The lyrics of Brooklyn emcees Mike Dee and Gizmo have given 50 Cent a modern day hit as well as helped their little sister MC Lyte rise to stardom on the track 10% Dis. Check out this classic hip hop song and how's it's been revived time and again.

Milk is chillin, Giz is chillin

What more can I say? Top billin
That's what we get, got it good
Since you understood...


Q&A: Corinne Bailey Rae

Ms. Rae chats with SoulCulture on the present day artists she reveres, like the undisputed Queen of Soul, Ms. Badu.