Erykah Badu’s Window Seat Video Uncut

Photo from crowt59 via Flickr.

Photo from crowt59 via Flickr.

If you think Lady Gaga’s and Madonna’s music videos are controversial and shocking, then Erykah Badu’s newly released Window Seat video uncut will blow your mind. Badu’s most recent music video came out on March 28,2010, and already, it’s stirred up chatter and questions of all different kinds.

In her music video, Badu walks down a bustling street as she strips down to nothing; and the street she’s walking along also happens to be the very street in Dallas where JFK was shot. As if walking naked in public isn’t controversial and outrageous enough, doing so at such a monumental place is making people go crazy, and she might even be faced with criminal charges.

Erykah Badu has been an icon for many music lovers since early 1997. She exudes a style of hip-hop, R&B, and jazz that coalesces in a way that touches and moves people, not only through melodic rhythms, but also through her powerful lyricism. Her debut album Baduizm reached #2 on the Billboard Charts in ’97, with her lead single On & On holding the 12th spot on the singles chart in both the US and the UK. Some of her other acclaimed singles include You Got Me co-written with Jill Scott, Bag Lady which was nominated for a Grammy, and Love Of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop) with past-lover Common, which won Badu her fourth Grammy in 2003.

Badu’s Window Seat lyrics are just as powerful as the impromptu music video is itself. At the end of the video, when she’s already naked and exhibiting her numerous tattoos, there is the sound of a gun shot as she falls to the ground, and the narration reads–

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 ourself, to evolve.

Take a look at this revolutionary video and tell us how you feel.

Comments

  1. It’s BRIALLIANT!!!!!!

  2. Majestically wonderful

  3. I thINk everybody needs to hush up.. they act like she was prostituting or something.. NOt trying to sound racist, but last year, mtv aired a video with some rock singers(a guy and some girl) walking down the street doing the same thing eryka did.. NoBody was commenting on them.. aND yes, they were white.. leaVe black people alone.. it’s seems like the system is always trying to find ways to put blacks down. cant you see we’re already suffering. yes she was naked,in public, in downtown dallas..so.. or was it that she was in the area where jfk was assassinated? find something else to do haters.

  4. Matt and Kim.. THey weRE the oNEs in That vIdeo last year… NOw if she’s in trouble they should be too.

  5. matt and kim.. they did it last year….

  6. Kim Whittingham says:

    Dallas, Represent!!! I watched Erykah grow in Deep Elem…. Erykah you are BRILLENT, a GENIUS!!!

  7. I think that most people missed the message in the video. Go back and watch it again, listen to the lyrics and listen to the message at the end of the video. Come back and tell me your thoughts at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=231411537136&ref=mf.

    WONDERFUL WORK! ERYKAH YOU ARE BRILLIANT!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am going to be on the real. The human body is beautiful. Music is dead. May it have been a man then I can see the offense. Let the world be double standard. But let us take in prospective what she really did here. If she would have portrayed Jesus then there would have been no problems. But when she gets shot on the same road as Kennedy there is so much commotion. Her actions were overshadowed by the misunderstood. The days of the bob marleys or the carlos santanas or creativness of the jimmy hendrix are dead within music. Listen to the lyrics and blind yourself from the images. Music should enlighten, inspire, create, change. Not be main stream or have no meaning. The truest artist suffer because people do not want to be inspired nor do they want to hear the music. I am glad there are still artist as Mrs. Badu that go against what is exceptable. Now on the note of the shooting at the end, I think that part may have been a little too far. Kennedy did great things and stood for something. If she had replicated Dr. King then the news may have been different on both ends. I see it as all the same. But for the most part the video will inspire communication. In more ways than one. And that is how music should be.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I dont think this video is any worse than a thousand others videos, she has something to say and alot of times the only way someone will listen is if u do something outrageous. So stop being such asses and so overly involved. Theres a message worry about that.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Humanity is alienated from love, so much so that we have caused the beautiful expression to reach for extremes of mediums which somehow lose their meaning in their expression, thus the need for more beautiful expressions. Sad thing is as the chasm between love and man grows the natural affection of man is dying the artist has become problematic, a flower to kill, a stream to pollutem, a child to abuse. Badu want’s to express to blind eyes and deaf ears the desperate need for this chasm to close. Unfortunately the medium is not and cannot susutain the weight of the expression and is lost on individuals noticing her anatomy instead of her artistry.

  11. I dont see much difference from those hiphop girl booty shaking videos. one is done as a political art and the other is done to grab negative attention, ratings and to be just plain nasty.

  12. Would shake hands with the author, and has given on a muzzle to all its haters.

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