Erykah Badu, "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh"

Album Review
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<p>While <a href="/artist/erykah-badu/172222">Erykah Badu</a>'s 2008 album "New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War" was more socially and politically driven, her fifth studio release, "New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh," finds the singer delivering no-holds-barred lyrics about lovemaking, love longing and, at times, love lost. But this doesn't mean Badu is made completely limp by the emotion: On "Fall in Love," she candidly warns potential lovers, "You're loving me and I'm driving your Benz/ You're loving me and I'm fucking your friends." Conversely, over keyboard riffs on the <a href="/artist/9th-wonder/575358">9th Wonder</a>-produced "20 Feet Tall," Badu asks, "What did I do to make you fall so far from me?" And on "Out of My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)," the singer confesses, "I am a recovering undercover over-lover/Recovering from a love I can't get over/And now my lover thinks he wants another." Aside from exhibiting punch-drunk love behavior on "Part Two," Badu taps into her inner B-girl, paying homage to the late <a href="/artist/the-notorious-b-i-g/36757">Notorious B.I.G.</a> on "Get Money."</p>