A teaser video for a new Erykah Badu track entitled “Jump Up in the Air (And Stay There)” was posted this weekend on her website only to be removed by the time I checked it out today. As usual though, youtube pulled through and I was able to catch the song (see below). It’s not what was promised by Badu on her twitter page, but this track, left off her upcoming New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh album, makes you wonder how good the stuff that made the cut is.
Although the line “jump up in the air and stay there” is straight-up taken from the Parliment-Funkadelic song “Hydraulic Pump” (I guess ripping George Clinton stuff seems to be an ongoing trend), Badu makes it her own by somehow slowing the pace while keeping the cadence of the original in tact. Effortlessly rolling over a smooth stringed bass line, Badu’s sultriness is tangible — eking out every last drop of “sexy” in a minimal amount of words. Wayne provides another one of his killer laid-back verses à la “Barry Bonds”, even making similar pronunciation mistakes (“when you’re this high everyone else is bellow / oops I meant below”). Although impending trials and jail terms is on his mind, Weezy keeps it lighthearted and fun, making ridiculous sounding lines like “I go nuts like a Danish / then vanish” tight as hell.
You can check out the track below, but I can’t guarantee how long it will be up for: