Erykah Badu has always marched to the beat of her own drummer.
Erykah Badu has always marched to the beat of her own drummer. With her latest set, "World Wide Underground," she continues to do so with a little help from some drum programming. Best-described as a mini-album, the stark, beat-driven set is more groove than lyric. Lead single "Danger," replete with blaring horns and a driving breakbeat, is a sequel of sorts to "Other Side of the Game" (from the artist's debut album, "Baduizm"). The minimalist set features contributions from Angie Stone, Queen Latifah and Bahamadia, who each drop a verse on the funky "Love of My Life Worldwide," which is a remix of "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" from the "Brown Sugar" soundtrack. Produced by Freakquency (a production team consisting of Badu, James Poyser, Rashad "Ringo" Smith and R.C. Williams), "World Wide Underground" is a departure for Badu, and it is one trip well worth taking.—RH