Worldwide Underground

Universal/Island Def Jam
Release date
16 Sep 2003
Running length
10 tracks
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1 Intro (World Keeps Turnin') 1:39 6,872
2 Bump It (Part 1 & 2) 8:49 7,759
3 Back In The Day 4:46 30,137
4 I Want You 10:53 56,214
5 Woo 3:14 52,050
6 The Grind 2:49 36,918
7 Danger 5:49 49,170
8 Think Twice 3:02 41,252
9 Love Of My Life Worldwide 5:26 29,320
10 Outro (World Keeps Turnin') 4:02 1,812

About this album

The so-called “EP” that will make many Erykah Badu skeptics wonder what’s going on is actually 15 minutes longer than What’s Going On. Why would any musician want to call a recording of such length — 50 minutes, to be precise — an EP? The fact that Worldwide Underground is being referred to as an EP makes it apparent that it isn’t intended to be considered the true follow-up to Mama’s Gun. You also find out throughout the course of the disc that the loose, spare arrangements aren’t likely to generate a stream of tidy, four-minute Top Ten hits. As easy as the disc is to slide into, it’s far and away the least commercial R&B release of the year. Written, produced, and performed by Freakquency — a seemingly ad hoc group consisting of Badu, James Poyser, Rashad “Ringo” Smith, and R.C. Williams — along with a revolving door of guests, the whole thing goes down more like a weekend jam session than an endlessly labored-over, polished project. For the most part, this is a good thing. Both “Bump It” and “I Want You” are over eight minutes in length, leaving plenty of space to establish relaxed atmospheres that are built on uncomplicated rhythms, twinkling keyboards, and vaporous textures. “Back in the Day (Puff)” and “Danger” are the two most single-oriented tracks; the former’s essentially a more filled-out version of one of the extended pieces in miniature form, while the latter is the toughest sounding of the whole batch, with punchy, synthetic horn jabs and Badu’s most animated vocal.

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  • handcuter

    One of my favorite albums EVER [2]

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • St8of_Emergency

    Why do people hate this so much? It's a great fucking album.

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
  • lucassalgado

    Excelente !

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Ulalala16

    "I Want You" is genius. [2]....I love when she performs this song's incredible. She's feeling it so much.

    6 Aug 2011 Reply
  • tekkie69

    Sweet Confident Sophisticated Summery Lively Atmospheric Soothing Reflective

    30 May 2010 Reply
  • Tessmoore

    One of my favorite albums EVER

    29 Apr 2010 Reply
  • KeepItTopnotch

    Style and Originality Gotta love it!

    30 Mar 2010 Reply
  • EmpressEricka


    19 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Anitnemelc

    PUSH UP THE the meter.....where did i hide this one? oh must be somewhere in my room;(...would love to hear it!

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • unavailheart

    My favorite. The whole CD is funky.

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • godwand

    baaaack iiiin theeee dayyyyy wheeeeen thiiiings was cooooool

    14 Feb 2009 Reply
  • JewelT6011

    This song is one of the best songs that is full of soul and passion.

    21 Dec 2008 Reply
  • cabomusico

    Uma das vozes mais bonitas da soul que já ouvi. One of the most beautiful voices of soul music I ever listen. Simplesmente maravilhosa. Simply wonderfull.

    18 Dec 2008 Reply
  • jazzydazzy


    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • MayaEvening

    push up the fader! shake the tweeter!

    15 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Supa-Dupa-Fly

    grew up listening to Love Of My Life and I still life that track. Music is the love of my life!

    4 Oct 2008 Reply
  • mamcie

    love of my life <33

    14 Jan 2008 Reply
  • merlinmoon

    mmmm... nice.... although i am more into psychedelic alternative rock....

    22 Nov 2007 Reply
  • gemalynn

    When I need to dance, when I need to wake up, when I need to get some sh*t done... I BUMP this one.

    18 Jun 2007 Reply
  • SoBroken

    Instructions: 1. Smoke a joint 2. Go some where chill 3. Groove to this album

    2 Feb 2007 Reply
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