From The Grio — Erykah Badu added her distinctive voice to the “Culture Wars” over the weekend with the strategic premiere of her “Window Seat” video. The song, which is about taking space and time for oneself when love gets you down, is now eclipsed by images of Badu walking through the downtown area of her native Dallas, removing articles of clothing until she’s naked, only to be shot in the head by an unseen assailant. Blue blood flows to form the words “group think” and Badu as narrator comes on to speak of mob mentalities and the cowardly attacks made on those who choose to be individuals and live freely.

The video – done guerrilla style as Badu has tweeted that they shot the footage and ran to escape potential arrest – pays homage to a number of cultural moments, most notably the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The clip takes place in the same area of the historical killing and starts off with news footage announcing Kennedy’s motorcade. It’s also inspired by pop-punk duo Matt and Kim’s video for “Lesson Learned,” where they strip in New York’s Time Square. And, of course, it speaks of our current political climate, where conservative communities make death threats against the nation’s first black president.

Amidst the clip’s sociopolitical swirl, Badu’s latest album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh places far more of an emphasis on romance and relationships than its predecessor Part One: 4th World War. Ankh sandwiches foot-thumping grooves (“Turn Me Away (Get MUNNY),” “Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long,” “Love,” etc.) between introspective, jazz-inspired cuts.

Yet Badu still plays with the political and spiritual outside of the “Window” video. Album opener “20 Feet Tall” is about self-empowerment, with the singer reminding herself of her grand capabilities. Lead website-based song “Jump Up in the Air” bombastically says we must reach for the heavens. A message on fear and love frequencies is found at the middle of the album.

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  • Honey

    just bought her album
    cant wait to go back home and listen to it in depth

  • Akai

    Wasn’t India Arie complaining that, next, somebody would get naked while down-talking BeyGaga’s Telephone video not too long ago?

    Anyway, to have given birth to 3 children, Badu’s body is beautiful and impressive and I’m always pumped to see other females who also keep their bodies tight and healthy. I enjoyed Badu’s first CD, though I didn’t care for much after that, and see this as little more than a “look at me” publicity stunt to hype her new joint.

    I’ve absolutely no problem with nudity and enjoy looking at males and females with beautiful bodies. However, Badu broke the law and did not show respect for the feelings/sensibilities of parents who may not have wanted their children to see her naked.

    I do suspect that some of those applauding the Window Seat video as some profound, deep and artistic piece are haters that would’ve criticized and verbally skewered Beyoncé as a ‘p*ssy popping ho’ had she done the same thing and took it all off for the cameras.

    I TOTALLY and COMPLETELY agree with Badu’s commentary about group think, though, as it’s a stupid bully tactic, does no good and solves no problems. It happens on boards (including Clutch) as well as daily life when childish adherents to group think attempt to verbally attack or ridicule non-adherents and independent thinkers.