Erykah Badu went for a stripped-down approach for her new “Window Seat” video. Literally: As the standout tune from New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (out tomorrow) plays, Ms. Badu walks through downtown Dallas gradually removing all of her clothing until she is 100 percent nude. If that sounds familiar, Badu credits that Matt & Kim video from last year for inspiration. No word on what role, if any, Alanis Morissette played.
Watch Badu’s “Window Seat” video at her official website (potentially NSFW, though all the nudity is tastefully pixelated). Be sure to stick around for the ending, which I won’t spoil.
Badu took to Twitter yesterday to talk about the video, which she says was captured in just one spontaneous take. As she stripped, she “heard people yelling diff things @ me but i held my head up and kept moving. there were children there.i prayed they wouldnt b traumatized…” (All spelling and punctuation preserved from Badu’s tweets.) Before pulling the public-nudity stunt, Badu asked her children and their fathers for their thoughts: “i asked @jayelectronica if i should go threw with it . he said . IF YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT DO IT - YOU GOT 1 SHOT TO BE ERYKAH… Andre said,if u gone go ,go all the way./D.O.C. said, U got huge balls kid.& gave me a high five…i bathed,took a breath.i started the car.” It’s also worth reading the tweets Badu sent the day of the video shoot, as archived by rap comedians It’s the Real.
Badu has said that the “Window Seat” video was meant to spark a discussion of “groupthink.” So, group, what do you think? Offer your interpretations of the video in the comments, below.
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