… An Album by Its Cover: Erykah Badu


“Honey”

Erykah Badu is known for her distinct album covers and her video for her song “Honey” (one of my favorite songs) highlights her affinity for album covers. Go to Soul Bounce to see the list of all the albums she referenced. Her recent album covers for New Amerykah and New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh have a very psychadelic, afrofuturistic look that I love. The artist, Emek, uses of the ankh, the scarab (dung beetle), the eye of heru, maat wings and other Egyptian symbols, and puts them a new context, especially with the images of the black power fists and modern technologies.

As an extra treat, here is Badu’s video for “Next Lifetime,” which showcases her previous journeys into afrofuturistic text:

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