Southern rapper Rick Ross has revealed he will be featured in soulful singer Erykah Badu‘s remix for her visually shocking music video, “Window Seat.”
Ross shared a few details on what the video’s story will be.
“I had to come get the queen,” Ross said about the video. “They had her boxed up.” The clip starts with Ross coming to get the Grammy-winning songstress from jail. “It was only right. I was swerving through Dallas in that Porsche Panorama turbo. I had to slide up on her, scoop her up. We got back to business. We went on another caper…It’s basically, we continuing where the first ‘Window Seat’ ended,” he added. “Where she was assassinated and ultimately scooped up and arrested. We continuing from there. She’s got a dope cut on her album called ‘Get Money.’ Y’all need to download and check it out. It’s the next single. And it’s the bridge between the assassination, going into the ‘Window Seat’ remix, me doing my sh–. Then we ultimately going into ‘Get Money,’ which I feel is my favorite record off of [New Amerykah Part Two: Return of] the Ankh.” (MTV)
Despite appearing fully nude in the original, Badu recently said her decision was purely for artistic expression.
“I thought it was a move for women and men and children who feel they weren’t good enough. This is just me, I’m good enough.’ I felt it was important enough to do. More pros than cons. I know it was a shocking thing I did. I expected it to provoke dialogue, and it’s an important statement to make. It’s about freeing oneself of the layers and layers of things that we have learned as Americans in this country. At the point of becoming naked and individual and free, either you’re assassinated spiritually or mentally by the group or worse. The words coming out of my head after I was figuratively and literally assassinated was ‘groupthink.’ Groupthink is a term coined by Irving Janis, 1972. It pretty much states what happens when a character or person is ostracized for thinking out of what the consensus is. He or she is pretty much thinking [more] with a heart than with loyalty. It’s an important thing. It’s art. It’s performance art. Art is supposed to spark dialogue and ring an awakening of some sort.” (MTV)
Despite the symbolic message, Badu was charged with disorderly conduct by Dallas, Texas police.
Sgt. Warren Mitchell said Friday the decision to cite Badu for disorderly conduct — a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 — came after witness Ida Espinosa, 32, of Vernon, offered a sworn statement to police Thursday. Espinosa declined to comment to The Associated Press on Friday. “Having a fact witness that was there is what let us file the charges,” Mitchell said. “After much discussion, we feel that these charges best fit her conduct. She disrobed in a public place without regard to individuals and small children who were close by.” Mitchell said the department has had “people calling from all across the country to express their concern.” (Associated Press)
Since dropping earlier this year, Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two album has steadily pushed units.
Singer Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part Two made its way back into Top 50 moving up eight slots to No. 47 with 8,200. With nine weeks in the books, her latest effort now stands at 221,200 sold copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out a spoof of the “Window Seat” video down below: