(Guest post by SayMyName)
Song: “The Healer” by Erykah Badu
Song Link: HERE
“The Healer” is repetitive, aimless, and proof-positive that Erykah is smoking that good shit. It also contains a great, hypnotic Madlib beat, with bells, sloppy guitar, digital handclaps, and truncated cymbal crashes, all loosely timed for maximum effect. Badu uses the flowing foundation to pay tribute to late beatmaker J Dilla and the mending power of Hip-Hop – the titular “Healer”. The track is both musically and lyrically forward-looking, leading me to believe that the current crop of R&B superstars, your Beyoncés and your Rihannas, need to step their game up. Enough of this lazy, glossy “Umbrella”/“Single Ladies” bullshit. “Say reboot, refresh, restart/Fresh page, new day, OG’s, new key…” Or something like that.