The story of "Window Seat" in Dallas picks up here; Erykah rolling with Rick Ross. Watch Part Two and wait for the story to be continued...
This week on Gilles Peterson World Wide, he focuses in on R&B/jazz/soul singer, Bilal, who is releasing Airtight's Revenge on September 14th on Plug Research. The special mix section of the show features a slew of Bilal tracks and an interview with the man himself, as well as some Giant Step favorites with Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, and Fela Kuti. Returning from last week are Monsters of Folk and Mount Kimbie.
Bilal, the Philadelphia born, Grammy nominated artist who has collaborated and performed with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu (he performed on her tour June 8th in Philly), and The Roots, is releasing his third studio album, Airtight's Revenge, on September 14th. Although classically trained and jazz-influenced, Bilal says this next album will be an eclectic mix of "jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music." To tide us over before the release of his much anticipated album, here's a free MP3 download of his song, "Free." The song will not make an appearance on Airtight's Revenge, but it's the first time the fully mixed and mastered version of this song has been released for download. Check it out and see what you think.
Bilal - "Free" [MP3]
Erykah Badu just kicked off the Out My Mind Just In Time 2010 AD tour after the successful release of New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. Concert goers on the 7th will also be graced with the presence of Janelle Monae and The Roots' Questlove, who will be opening at the Roseland Ballroom that night.
Want 2 comped tickets to the show AND backstage Meet & Greets with Erykah? Travel over to New York Magazine's Vulture to enter. After all that, check the full tour schedule at www.OutMyMindJustInTimeTour.com.
P.S. - We hear the next video coming will be for "Turn Me Away (Get Munny)," so stay tuned!
Amazon is offering Erykah Badu's new album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh for $4.99, today only! The album includes the controversial single "Window Seat" and tracks produced by everyone from Madlib and Questlove to J Dilla, 9th Wonder and Georgia Anne Muldrow. If you don't already have your copy, don't sleep!
And while you're at it, grab yourself some tickets to see one of Erykah's legendary shows on her Out My Mind, Just In Time 2010 tour. Full tour dates and links to buy are here.