Erykah Badu has everyone talking about her new music video, in which she sheds her clothing while walking the streets of Dallas. Before baring it all, the soul songstress consulted her family, including her mother, children, and baby fathers.
Even the bold Badu had reservations about going through with risqué clip for “Window Seat,” the first single from her fifth studio album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh. Filmed guerilla style in one take on March 13 in her Texas hometown, the concept was inspired by dance-punk duo Matt and Kim’s revealing video for “Lessons Learned.” Badu tried hard to ignore those around her as she walked along the grassy knoll where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
But she didn’t pay her detractors any mind. First she turned to Jay Electronica, producer and father to her youngest daughter Mars. “I asked @jayelectronica if i should go [through] with it . he said . IF YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT DO IT – YOU GOT 1 SHOT TO BE ERYKAH,” she tweeted.
Also on her board of advisors was former boyfriend and OutKast member André 3000, father to her son Seven. “Andre said,if u gone go ,go all the way.”
And what about father #3, West Coast rapper The D.O.C.? “D.O.C. said, U got huge balls kid.& gave me a high five.”
So she knew what she had to do. “I bathed,took a breath.i started the car had to put money in the meter cause i had to leave my car incase cops came … after last action , we ran like hell!”