Are You Feeling This Get Up?

- By Bossip Staff

Hair today, gone tomorrow… We see Ms. Badu is pulling out all the stops for this new album. It doesn’t take much to figure out what inspired this look.

Erykah’s latest promo picture looks just like the human version of her cover art.

It seems like Erykah and her team put a lot into the design on this project. Here’s what they had to say :

[One of the tracks off New Amerykah] “Out My Mind Just In Time” is also the title of the cover art for NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO, which is a collaboration between Erykah Badu and famed artist and poster designer EMEK, who also designed the inspired packaging for New Amerykah Part One. The new album cover depicts an underwater image of Badu wearing a suit of armor that symbolizes the tough exterior she developed to protect herself from the harsh realities of life. The armor is her old shell and now she’s liberating herself from it by climbing out of her own head so that she can be reborn. Her tuning fork is summoning the vibrations of the universe and the purple-colored tree of life and purple sky represent the 7th Chakra—the Crown Chakra right above her third eye shield, which represents peace, wisdom, and spirituality. The numerical theme of three is symbolized by three moons, three hidden babies, three trees, and three ankhs. Closer inspection reveals that Badu’s shoulders are surrounded by many of the same objects that filled her abstract afro on the cover of New Amerykah Part One, including handcuffs, a foreclosed home, fast food, cigarettes, broken chains, and a military tank. Here, those items represent refuse and rubble from which new life grows into a vibrant garden of colorful flowers blossoming all around her.

In keeping with the concept of the cover art, NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO taps into Badu’s emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships. “With Part One, I was standing at an apex, looking at what was going on around me politically, socially, and economically,” Badu explains. “With PART TWO, I’m hovering over me, looking at what’s going on inside of me.

Gotta love that kind of creativity!

We were gonna suggest somebody get Gaga on the “Telephone” and point out how to be unique and groundbreaking without being irresponsible and inappropriate but we noticed Erykah got bucky naked for her “Window Seat” video too.

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Comments

  • Jamillah

    I think the photo is very artistic. I’m not sure what she’s implying with all that symbolism, but the ankh definitely represents positivity.

  • LeahLeah

    Sometimes I wonder what happeneds in some peoples life to make them go crazy…..

  • lisa

    She’s is beautiful!

  • theeeheeee

    why does she have the name of god painted on her? is she god? does she even believe in the one and only lord of the worlds? people are gonna be talking about this one

  • BritChick

    Ah I see the symbolism. It’s cool. I just don’t think she should be making this too public.

    Something to balance out the gaga-rihanna-beyonce machine I suppose.

    Spiritual war has been made manifest.

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983. 21 Days. DAXN, Y'ALL SOME FICKLE AZZ PEOPLE!!

    I LOVE IT!!

    IT IS HOT!!!

    GO ERYKAH!

  • !!!!!

    THATS ERYKAH FOR YA LOL.

  • Bee

    she looks good

  • http://bossip miss dior

    She’s weird and kooky.

  • bluekid

    I love Erykah’s music, she needed not to go on the deep in to try and sell her music by using symbols and all, it want help her album sells, her album will sell as it is suppose too. The symbols will not help or hinder, for those who are in the know of the symbols, it just looks so desperate, when she doesn’t have to be.

  • Erykah and her gimmicks...

    Just sing already…enuff with the gimmicks!

  • SPANKY DAVIS JR.

    I LOVE HER!!! CHECK OUT SOL BLACKMAN ON YOUTUBE!!!!!

    CHECK OUT SOL BLACKMAN ON YOUTUBE!!!

    CHECK OUT SOL BLACKMAN ON YOUTUBE!!!!!1

  • SPANKY DAVIS JR.

    CHECK OUT SOL BLACKMAN ON YOUTUBE!!!!!

    CHECK OUT SOL BLACKMAN ON YOUTUBE!!!!!!

  • musicmama

    i see you grady!

  • bluekid

    Mock Rock Star

    3/27/10, 01:49:am

    @Bluekid
    If 2Pac was so great then he would had influence Hip-Hop for the better, but he didn’t. Days before he was gunned down wasn’t he stomping some black guy in Vegas??? Yet he was so positive!!! Black folks seemed to uplift the wrong people ALL THE DAMN TIME. I see why most believe in Jesus, the guy who said believe in him or U’ll burn in the lake of fire…my people disappoint me all the damn time…but I can’t kick it with the whites because their the oppressors…I should try to hook up with the Native Americans🙂
    _______________________________________________________________________
    Why can’t you just be yourself, why do you have to hang with anyone? Know one is not saying Tupac wasn’t confused, what we saying is he was making a turning point in his life and he never got to live to make that positive change before his untimely death.

    The American Indian is just as lost as you seem to be. Black do not idolize Tupac, we just saw the change. Tupac life was on the line long before the los Vegas fight and that is not the reason why he was killed and he was suppose to die that day and there was many co-conspirators in the game of killing Tupac,

    Tupac was beginning to preach about the Illuminati in the music business. Tupac made a lot of mistakes in his life, humans usually do, but he was on his way to redemption and that is what got him killed. You don’t go back on the devil.

    Black people don’t uplift the wrong people, and if you think white people up lift the right people than, I guess you feel Hitler is a OK dude. American Indian are still trying to find their identity because they are being breaded out with the white race.

  • bluekid

    I got to many windows open LOL!

  • bluekid

    Excuse me that was not meant for this thread!

  • Angel(formerly UrHeiness)

    I like it! She looks beautiful & I love her eyes & lips🙂
    Hope this album’s better than the last.

  • juliemago

    She looks out of it, as suggested by her out of body experiences!!!

  • Reading is Fundamental

    I love it!!! Great photo and I know the album is going to be pure fire!! If you don’t get the message, keep it moving. It’s not for you. Don’t knock her because you lack symbol literacy. Erykah has always been on that conscious tip, and if you’re still unconscious, you wouldn’t get it. RETURN OF THE ANKH! COP IT MARCH 30TH!!

  • blackJaguaress

    @
    Reading is Fundamental

    3/27/10, 10:17:am

    I love it!!! Great photo and I know the album is going to be pure fire!! If you don’t get the message, keep it moving. It’s not for you. Don’t knock her because you lack symbol literacy. Erykah has always been on that conscious tip, and if you’re still unconscious, you wouldn’t get it. RETURN OF THE ANKH! COP IT MARCH 30TH!!
    ________
    AMEN!!!!! TO THAT!!!
    ON A SIDE NOTE BEING SYMBOLIC IS AN EXPRESSION OF HOW DEEP AND AWAKENED MISS BADU IS NOT HOW DESPERATE.

  • ReALiSt aka ReALeSt(Da MoDeRaToR)

    @LeahLeah
    WHY DO U THINK SHE’S CRAZY???

  • TEAM BADU

    I LOVE MS. BADU! I LOVE THE ALBUM ART AND THE MEANING BEHIND IT. SHE IS BEAUTIFUL! CANT WAIT FOR THIS ALBUM. LAST ALBUM WAS NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH! FOR ALL OF YOU ALL WHO DONT FEEL HER ITS BECAUSE YOUR NOT WISE ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND WHERE SHE IS COMING FROM. IM JUST SAYIN. YOU CAN VIBRATE HIGHER TOO! LOVE IS THE KEY. PEACE.

    YOU DONT HAVE TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU THING. WE’VE BEEN PROGRAMMED. WAKE UP. WE MISS YOU.

  • Mr.GQ

    Check out the symbol under her neck and the egyptian ankh(s) that are all over the artwork.

    The symbol under her neck represents ALCHEMY : This simple 17th century “sign” illustrates the blending of geometric shapes, elemental symbols and astrological signs. Each part representing the various “elements” and forces needed for magical work in the quest for physical transformation and spiritual illumination and immortality. Many medieval alchemists based their philosophies on mystical traditions rooted in the Kabbala (Jewish mysticism), Hermetic magic and the occult practices of ancient civilizations such as Egypt and China. See Philosopher’s stone and phoenix.

    ANKH: An Egyptian cross symbolizing a mythical eternal life, rebirth, and the life-giving power of the sun.

    Sun worship = SATAN WORSHIP!!

    Erykah WORSHIPS SATAN!!! SMH! ALL THEM IN HOLLYWEIRD WORSHIPING THE DEVIL!!

  • I'm bambi *itch!

    Great vocals..just a lil spooky.

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