The abstract wordology is particularly evident on the albums opener, "Bump It". 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. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence.
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Released The first half of its nine minutes is relaxed, comfy soul cushion, firmed by a hip-hop click and intonation of the title command.
That focus soon starts to slump in the seat, though, devolving into another five minutes of congas and croaked adlibs of boo-pee-doopy-doo's, some courtesy of Zap Mama's Marie Daulne. Building slowly on a descending keyboard vamp and Badu's panned rhythmic coos, "I Want You" blossoms into percolating and passionate, high on smoldering lust.
But chugging holy water, picking up paperbacks, or toting yoga mats, nothing can quite touch that initial tingle. Burning out like joints and crushes are wont to do, the vamp goes limp, lackadaisically slowing tape before punching in a Tighter tracks like "The Grind" and "Love of My Life Worldwide" ride the beats with soulful, vocal fringe looped ad infinitum, perfect as instrumental flips for hip-hop night at the Black Betty. Retrieved on London: Rolling Stone. Slant Magazine.
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