Rating: 3 Guns
“New Amerykah” is just the beginning as Erykah plans on releasing up to four albums that reflect herself and her views on various social dynamics, such as poverty, 9/11, and race.
The album opens with “Amerykahn Promise” and trust me when I say this could be a theme song to a Blacksploitation film where chicks with guns (and no that is not a shameless plug) fight crime and beat up a pimp or two.
On “Me”, Erykah reflects on her style, the fact she has two children with two different men, her age (she’s 37) and that her “ass and legs have gotten thick.” As a woman, it is nice to hear someone talking about getting thick and excepting themselves regardless.
On “The Healer”, Erykah states the rap is “bigger than religion, bigger than the government”. Just try to deny that the statement. Rap has become a global industry, influencing every facet of our lives.
“Honey” shows a soft side, where Erykah sings “Honey you so sweet/Sugar got a long way to catch you”. It might be a corny, sappy line, but sometimes when you are in love, that’s just how you feel.
Erykah opened her album saying she will “give you her ears, eyes and hands” and she does just that.