Photos: Giant Step, Less Artists More Condos and Erykah Badu present New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh Album Release

Erykah Badu‘s performance this weekend was live. Her medley of hits and fan favorites was a perfect set-up for the new album, which has been called a musical return to the personal love songs and organic sound of 1997′s Baduizm.  The new album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh comes out tomorrow. Pre-order here.

Giant Step Resident: All Points West with Jay Z, Q Tip, The Pharcyde & more

libertyBy Mawuse Ziegbe


The 2009 All Points West Music and Arts Festival in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park was kinda like an open-air high school lunchroom where shaggy rockers, glittery rappers, and freewheeling artsy kids all held court in their respective corners. Spotty showers soaked the first day of the weekend-long festival which left dedicated (a.k.a. fool-headed) fans tramping through glutinous mud to the sounds of Vampire Weekend, The Knux and Peanut Butter Wolf. The Pharcyde rocked loopy hits like “Runnin’” and “Passin’ Me By.” The original line-up was in full effect – including a formerly dreadlocked Tre sporting an appropriately Jersey Corleone hat – and showed love to J. Dilla by playing Slum Village jams like “Raise It Up.” Q-Tip deployed his trademark energy, grooving through Tribe’s hits and busting out a quirky yet charming cover of Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.”

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