Like Jill Scott, Angie Stone and Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu is a straight-up artist who puts a message in her music and compels us to think. Her new song “Window Seat” blew me away and even included a nod to blues guitar great Lightning Hopkins. I am proud to say that Hopkins has been featured on the music tab on this blog since day one. Badu will always leave you thinking. What’s with the JFK assassination vibe in the video? Could I date a sista with that many tats on that beautiful brown skin? Has Badu aged a day?
She ends the video with a monologue that seems to be aimed at some extreme elements from her native Texas but I better leave that alone. Wouldn’t it be cool to sit on a back porch in the Lone Star state with Badu and her friends and have a long island ice tea party featuring music by Sam Lightning Hopkins. I would love to attend that Tea Party.
so, in my mind I’m tusslin’
back and forth ‘tween here and hustlin’
I don’t wanna time travel no mo
I wanna be here
on this porch I’m rockin’
back and forth light lightning Hopkins
if anybody speak to Scotty
tell him beam me up….
Sam Lightning Hopkins
UPDATE: What the hell. I thought Badu did that video as a “shoot” with actors. It turns out that she just did it with tourists and kids walking around. That might be a little too much. Below is the speech she makes at the end of the video.
They play it safe, are quick to assassinate what they do not understand. They move in packs, ingesting more and more fear with every act of hate on one another. They feel most comfortable in groups; less guilt to swallow. They are us; this is what we have become, afraid to respect the individual. A single person within our circumstance can move one to change, to love herself, to evolve.