Ok, you know I had to go on the record and talk about this one. This weekend, I was on a non-stop Twitter campaign to plug the blog and started hearing rumblings about somebody with the username @fatbellybella, which turned out to be none other than eclectic soulstress Erykah Badu, known for her legendary contribution to neo-soul as well as driving every rapper she comes into contact with plum crazy (Common in crochet pants is all I can say). With her album dropping this week, Erykah decided to drop another bomb on us this weekend in the form of a controversial video in which she walked through the streets of Dallas, methodically removing her clothing. On a sidenote, I don’t think this would have worked anywhere in DC…picture the L.A. riots, only a little less…no, picture the L.A. riots. “Window Seat was shot guerilla style, no crew, one take, no closed set, no warning, two minutes, downtown Dallas, then ran like hell.”
Chopped & screwed Twitter & Facebook convos from this weekend:
You seen that new Erykah Badu video?
Uh…coon? I’m sorry, I don’t know how to respond to th…
Erykah has a WAGON, son!!! Like a Oregon Trail wagon!!! Who knew she’d been hiding all that ass up under that kinte cloth sh*t she always had on? I feel lied to!
The mixed reactions were interesting, to say the least. There were those who read too much into it as well as too little. The gentlemen only seemed to focus on one thing: Erykah Badu’s donkey. Ass As is to be expected. Admidst this, the women seemed to draw a line in the sand, some congratulating Erykah’s “vision” and some were critical…even going so far as to say Erykah is resorting to “Beyonce tactics”.
First of all, to compare what Beyonce does to what Erykah Badu does is just stupid. Beyonce is a pop/R&B singer whose ass-shaking corresponds with the music she makes…which is mostly designed for shaking of the ass…what is wrong with that? Nobody wants to watch a woman in a knee length skirt and turtleneck talking about bootyliciousness. Sex sells and it’s a driving force in society…live with it or leave…yes, leave Earth. I’d be more concerned if Beyonce was in the tabloids every week coked up at parties and getting her kids taken from her (side-eye at Britney). Please deal with the real. A music video or musical performance is just what it’s supposed to be…entertainment. Every artist isn’t trying to be on some Def Poetry Jam sh*t all the time and enlighten you, nor do I personally want them all to. Sometimes, you just wanna get crunk. If you don’t see the fun in music, I feel sorry for you.
That being said, I see where Erykah was going, but come on…acknowledge that the video’s backlash/popularity/dayyuuum factor was sort of what you were going for, with your album coming out on 3/30/10 and all. Come on…(dubious face). I have no problem with shock value (get money), but just be real (or should I say front-free) about it. You could still get your message across and be honest about it: “I know y’all were lookin’ at my booty, but here’s what you were supposed to get from it…” Universal Music Group is being a little d*ckish and removing the video from blogs and Youtube accounts left and right (oh, what, you won’t still get paid?), so I don’t have a video to give you, but I’m sure you Illuminetties will find it on your own. Regardless, the song is all kinds of dope and everything else I’ve heard thus far is as well, so go cop that New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh this week…regardless of what you think Erykah’s resorted to, remember that Justin Beiber’s wack ass has been a Twitter trending topic for like…ever. If these kids today knew real music, they would not be giving that kid any kind of spin. Teach the chirrens. That all.
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