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Erykah Badu, N.E.R.D., Janelle Monae
Wednesday June 2, 2010
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Location:  Chicago Theatre
175 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 462-6300
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Time:  7:30pm  
Age:  Unknown  
Cost:  $49.50-$69
Styles:  Hip Hop
Performers:  Erykah Badu, N.E.R.D., Janelle Monae  

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When Erykah Badu released the video for her single "Window Seat," the viral world got an eyeful of just how far she was willing to go in order to convey a message. As entertaining as it was, it was a little unfortunate to see the act overshadow the song itself, and it was even more sad to see how once-loyal Badu fans jumped ship, thinking that her naked romp though Dallas was nothing more than a gimmick. But the video, which was not entirely original as it was inspired by Matt and Kim's "Lessons Learned," is in many ways indicative of the album it's featured on (New Amerykah Part 2 (Return Of The Ankh)). From a creative standpoint it's important to look at her past two albums as a unified body of work as opposed to two separate projects. New Amerykah Part 1(4th World War) was a darker album that gave rise to an aggressive side of Erykah, while part two softened the spectrum with its sensitive lyrics and ethereal vibes, giving credence to the idea that even Badu isn't immune to the yin and yang of raw emotion. Either way, the publicity has given Erykah a larger stage than she could have ever imagined, and she looks as comfortable as ever standing atop the peaks of hip-hop's elite. Her performance at The Chicago Theatre ought to find her in top form, and with openers N.E.R.D. and Janelle Monae kicking off the night it should be one of the best shows of the summer. (J. Min)

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