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Why I Can’t Listen to Erykah Badu’s Latest Album

posted by nsymmonds

Erykah Badu has always been a mystery. From the 1997 release of “Baduizm,” she blazed the trail for neo-soul as a genre, but she also brought with her a raw spirituality that made her god no particular god. It was an untouchable spirituality so firmly planted that it seemed like Badu had created a neo-spirituality—Baduizm—that was all her own (and one that would allegedly spread to her lovers, who have included Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Common).
But this never concerned me as a Christian, so for nearly ten years I fed into Baduizm. I was enlightened when she spoke of our being made in His image on “Baduizm.” I went through the motions of love–self and other–on “Mama’s Gun.” And I pumped my fist on “Worldwide Underground.”
But all that stopped when I heard her latest album, “New Amerykah.”newamerykah.jpg


“Humdililah, Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, Dios, Maat, Jah, Ras Stafari, fire, dance, sex, music, hip hop … It’s bigger than religion.” These are the first words one hears on the “The Healer,” the first full-length musical track on “New Amerykah.” It was a statement that gave me pause and struck me as blasphemous. For the first time, I felt like I was hearing Badu’s music with ears trained to sift the wheat from the chaff.
But the next four tracks played seamlessly into one another. Badu examines how the trials and tribulations of her life have shaped her on “Me.” In “My People,” she encourages her people to hold on over a schizophrenic beat and a repetitive verse. She then morphs into a freedom fighter on “Soldier,” saluting the warriors of this generation from the victims of Katrina to the soldiers in Iraq. This was inspiration at its finest from the queen of preaching restoration to her people.
So far the album was well on its way to becoming one of my favorites. Then a little fox by the name of “Twinkle” came into the vines. It is a hodge-podge of a song produced and written in classic Badu style–which means there are plenty of complex thoughts and symbolism, but they don’t connect to make a cohesive statement. On the song she raps about “they,” the collective that might be the government–but she may be referring to the Five-Percent Nation, a belief that 85 percent of the people are blind to the truth about themselves, 10 percent know the truth (but use it to hold the 85 percent in captivity), and five percent are enlightened beings. (Badu was allegedly connected to this group).
I was utterly confused because I couldn’t tell where she was going with this song. And then came the moment that forever changed my thoughts about the music of Erykah Badu.
At the 4:28 mark of “Twinkle,” an otherworldly instrumental started to play. This goes on for a few seconds, and then a man begins speaking in another language. During his speaking/chanting, my spirit curled up inside of me and begged me to turn it off. There was something inherently strange about the unknown chanting that I didn’t believe was edifying to my spirit.
I was certain that it wasn’t of God, because every time I played it, my spirit was unsettled and disturbed. I tested it on another friend, but she wouldn’t even let me play it all the way through. I searched high and low to see if anyone had deciphered this strange language, and no one was certain. Was it a dialect of the African Bushmen? Was it the ancient African language of Mdw Ntchr, otherwise known as Metu-Neter? Why didn’t Badu provide an explanation in the liner notes of the album? What was going on inside of me and on that disc that had me so certain I couldn’t entertain her music any longer?
I can’t be sure of what language it was or the intention behind it, but what I can be sure of is the leading of the spirit (meaning the Holy Spirit), which made it clear that this is nothing to play with. This one song ruined the entire album for me. I don’t take joy in admitting that because I respect Erykah Badu as an artist. But while I deeply respect her talent, I have no tolerance for music that will confuse–or harm–the people of God.
“New Amerykah” is indeed a spiritual movement for Badu, and could possibly be considered one of the best albums of her career, but I believe it is also a call for each of us to use spiritual discernment to determine what is edifying to our spirits and what is meant to slowly tear us down. This album made me realize I cannot afford to be glib with the things I listen to and still expect my spirit to remain intact.
This same argument can be made for all secular music, and I believe “New Amerykah” is the impetus for me to be more cautious. My final decision is that this is a bonfire-burn of an album (but don’t dance around it). It’s too hot to handle and nothing to play with unless you know someone who can translate the ancient unknown language on “Twinkle.” And when you find out what the guy is saying, please let me know.
By the way, if you don’t know what “Burn or Burn” is all about, read about it here.



  • Kristen Copeland

    I have enjoyed listening to Erykahs music..But I have never really taken her seriously. To me she is someone who is attempting to be profound, and I honestly believe that it was the way she wanted to market herself..but now life has imitated art and she has now become who she was desperately trying to portray. Her real name is Erica and she is from Texas, hardly exotic.
    Her song with the person chanting was probably moreso something that she wanted to put on her CD to make us feel ‘you’re not up on this’. So why would she use the dialect? That way the listener can feel that she is SO profound that she knows languages that we do not.
    But I understand being offended. There are everyday things that are offensive, that some people may not even think about. The ultimate goal is to be forever conscious of what you are exposed to, and really try to process everything that you perceive and categorize it accordingly.
    For example, I was watching a morning show for one of my news channels..and the topic of the day was, “Should you have Ex Sex” for the holidays. They were mostly referring to Christmas and Hannukah. We’re talking about the celebration of the birth of Christ here…and they’re flippantly talking of fornication to celebrate it? I was offended as a Christian and processed it as ‘inappropriate’..as I’m sure a lot of Erykah’s comments and music can be.

  • Stacey

    Erykah has a HUGE point in that song. Religion is blasphemous and it divides more than hip-hop does. Wake up people, religion is the biggest scam that has hit mankind. Erykah is speaking TRUTH in that new cd. It’s the kind of truth that you don’t get from other mainstream puppets. I won’t say any names. R&B was hanging by a thread until Erykah dropped this masterpiece. If you can’t handle the truth, don’t listen to it.

  • Anonymous

    I was certain that it wasn’t of God, because every time I played it, my spirit was unsettled and disturbed.
    Exactly how are you certain that interlude in Mdw Ntchr wasn’t “of God” if you don’t know what it’s saying? Because your “spirit was unsettled?”
    Perhaps it’s best if you stick with simple music – like Sandy Patti or pitchy praise tapes – and leave the grown-up music to the grown-ups.

  • Stacey

    “At the 4:28 mark of “Twinkle…”
    FYI, the guy is speaking in ancient Egyptian language, or Kemetian. She’ll have the translation on an upcoming USB stick.

  • The Writer

    Stacey, thank you for providing clarification on that. I am definitely interested in getting the translation and of course not surprised that it will be on a USB stick.
    As I mentioned in the post, I do truly respect her as an artist and that includes her ability to be innovative in a mass of confusion. But the truth she is speaking is not a truth I am familiar with. I received the message she was conveying through this song differently than others might receive it and I simply wanted to share that for people who might have received it the same way I did and wondered about it; for people who have further insight into what it could be about; and for people who are willing to read it, take a step back, and think on these things.
    But I am also glad to speak to those who have insight to share and do so in kindness and gentleness because we can all learn from each other.

  • Stacey

    “I received the message she was conveying through this song differently than others might receive it and I simply wanted to share that for people who might have received it the same way I did and wondered about it; for people who have further insight into what it could be about;”
    I respect you opinion, as I hope you respect mine but you just came off very self-righeous in your post. Just because you seem offended by what she said doesn’t mean that the next person is.
    “and for people who are willing to read it, take a step back, and think on these things.”
    This is exactly what her music makes you do, sit down, think, examine, assess. She’s not a disposable artist with the big hit and mainstream appeal. She’s the kind of artist that you really have to absorb what she’s saying. You can’t listen to her stuff just once because it might not make sense the first time. She’s speaking a whole lot of truth on this new CD. It’s very dark and political, but I welcome this more than the umbrellas, no ones and pop-lock-and-snap-its.

  • The Writer

    Believe me, I listened to the album more than once, more than twice. I actually can’t count how many times I listened, that’s why I felt compelled to share my experience. I own her previous albums I listened to those many times before making a call. I listen to her peers too, so I am definitely not a spring chicken when it comes to Badu and her crew which is why I was so taken aback. And definitely, the album is better than all of the pop-lock-and-drop-its out on the shelves. Outside of the chanting on “Twinkle” she is addressing some extremely important issues that I as a Christian, a woman, an African American, can identify with…

  • Stacey

    It grew on me the second time around and it’s been blowing my mind ever since. THe more I listen, the more relevant it sounds. It’s not as good as her last album, “Mama’s Gun,” but it’s a solid piece of work. I need this kind of music in my life, that’s why I like her. But she challenges her fans to keep up with her creativity. SOme get her, some don’t. And I don’t fault the ones that don’t get her. Who am I to judge? My friends have complained that it’s too dark and crazy, lol. But I stand by my words. This is what R&B or music, for the matter, needs.

  • Tarani

    I took a closer listen to the track in question before responding, and tried to do so with an open mind and spirit, and have to say that nothing crawled up in my spirit. And I’m glad about it. I think people are different in terms of what they’re sensitive to and susceptible to, so I’m not discrediting your unsettled spirit, but I will say that not everyone, and certainly not all Christians have similar proclivities. So I think it’s slightly presumptuous to tell people they need to be overly careful in what they listen to. I think what E. Badu has to say is important, and I think it was said best at the end of the track that, “I’m a human being…and I have value.” So maybe some need to burn it, in the literal sense…but others, not so much. Just that we need to pay attention to what our spirit is telling us and act in accordance. And I commend you for doing just that.

  • Jesse

    It sounded almost like Egyptian, or possibly another African dialect, though I think it ties in with her whole “they don’t know their language” thing.
    Didn’t crawl up my spirit, though it DID make me want to know what language he was speaking and what he was saying.
    It was…interesting…I’d never really listened to her before, and as I mostly listen to dark energetic Rock (think Radiohead or Placebo), it was definitely out of my norm, but I kinda liked it.

  • cernowain greenman

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    I am always amazed how quickly some christian people can attribute their fears of the unknown to the “holy spirit”. I imagine it was disturbing simply because it was unfamiliar. Christian tradition has pretty much lost chanting as a tradition although at one time it was very standard, such as the Gregorian and other chanting styles.
    Take a deep breath and try to listen to it as something new culturally and don’t let your fears overtake your reason. That’s one of the biggest problems of religion which we need to face. Enjoying our differences and learning about other cultures is one of the joys the Divine gives us.

  • Jason V

    How can you put all your suppositions on that part of the song without actually knowing more about it?
    This emanates from you, at this point.

  • Anonymous

    “Take a deep breath and try to listen to it as something new culturally and don’t let your fears overtake your reason. That’s one of the biggest problems of religion which we need to face.”
    I think the point the author is trying to make is that she tried to listen to it and it bothered her. It doesn’t sound like she was afraid. In fact, she got a second opinion. So it doesn’t sound like the author was being irrational or unreasonable.
    I understand the author’s point about exercising discernment regarding what we listen to.
    Think of it this way: if you’ve decided to treat your body as a temple and only eat whole and organic food, you would not eat mcdiddy’s. some people like mcdiddy’s. some people think it’s ok to eat. someone may even encourage you to eat it because it didn’t make him or her gag or immediately gain 12 lbs. BUT, that doesn’t mean that mcdiddy’s is good for you. And you would use discernment if, you tried it, and it didn’t taste good to you or if it made you ill. In fact, you may even feel irresponsible if you didn’t warn other people of the ill effects of mcdiddy’s food. And I don’t think anyone would accuse you of being fearful, irrational, or unreasonable for deciding not to eat mcdiddy’s because you had a negative reaction to it.
    here are the lyrics:
    http://www.metrolyrics.com/twinkle-lyrics-erykah-badu.html
    what we put into our ears/minds is just as important as what we put into our mouths/bodies. We can use discernment in both of these areas.

  • alan

    the Book of Psalms chapter 150:6 , Says “Let everything that has breath praise the LOrd, Praise you the LOrd”., Before that it lists the Various instruments to be Used in Praiseing the LORd. as Christians our purpose of Music is to Worship and Praise our GOD , If the Music we listen to does not Glorify God or Praise HIS attributes , or cause those who do not know HIM to Desire too, then it is a waste of Breath.

  • cernowain greenman

    unnamed poster said…
    ==what we put into our ears/minds is just as important as what we put into our mouths/bodies. We can use discernment in both of these areas.==
    I agree, but I also strongly feel that discernment should not be based on ignorance nor prejudice, which is what you are recommending. I believe true discernment is about keeping an open mind to different cultures, not being led by emotional responses and blaming that on “the spirit”.

  • Angela Scriven Thomas

    I suppose the author and most of the commenters will never try new recipes, or go to places they have never been, or speak to people they have never met due to the stated premise. I guess you will not let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:3–11)
    I’m not sure about your faith, but mine allows me to enjoy different genres with an open mind and spiritual discernment.

  • G-L

    GREAT article!!! This explains my feelings perfectly.
    Good Job!

  • The Writer

    Angela, I thank you for leaving word. I think it’s dangerous to assume that I or any of the commenters won’t try new things based on our experience with this song. It is very far from the truth for myself. The fact that I purchased this album out of love for Badu–because I own her other albums–and for different genres of music proves that. I listen to all kinds of music, try new cuisine often, try to travel when I have the time, read books on topics other than Christianity and have interest outside of church all prove that I am not the close-minded person you might think. I strive to be a light in the darkness and that is why I wrote this article, to offer people a chance to for themselves and maybe offer consolation to people that experienced the same thing as I. Long story short, I enjoy many things with an open mind, but not to the extent that I don’t test it all against my knowledge of God. This just happened to be my experience and I notice everyone has encountered the song differently, but I hope in the future you will be careful about how you judge people that are speaking from the heart.

  • B.J.

    After a bit of research, I found the lyrics of the particular chant you were speaking of in this article. The guy chanting goes by the name of Amen Khum Ra Sounds.
    “The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, opening the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, sekhet maat anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds. HOTEP!!!”
    I hope this sheds light on what Badu is trying to portray.

  • The Writer

    B.J. thanks for posting this translation.

  • Ify

    As we know in life, any part of the Bible could be used to justify anything when not understanding the full text. That being said, the Word states that just because everything is permissible or legal or A right, does not make it RIGHT. I appreciate the Writer for this reason-because too many times, the ones we second-guess are the ones who our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and whom possess the Holy Spirit. Anyone, who knows me knows I love neo-soul, but everything about it isn’t good-regardless of if my spirit can take it or not. Since the kettle is hot-I’d rather not get burned.
    Thanks Nicole.

  • yvette

    I have been a fan of erykah for a long time…..nonetheless….I experienced the same emotions described above when listening to the particular ….nevertheless…..I contiuned listening to the Cd and loved it…..I even went to her concert yesterday…..but it wasnt until today after talking to my younger brother (note I said younger brother) did I questioned the true meaning of this song….and some of her pervious songs…..I am honestly left speechless…..the language being spoken on the track is Kemetic…..reseach the “religion” and languge …its form of practices….the particular gods being worshipped…its a bit much to just merely sweep under the rug….however….I believe everyone has different perspectives which makes us unique in our own way….I would like to know you guys thought about it…..I realize what is being recited in the song could be interpretated as uplifting….but there mere history behind the language and religion overshadows just that……

  • k

    I really appreciate this posting..as a Christian, I agree it can be challenging to be a fan of Erykah Badu…even while I understand she is one of the most gifted soul artists of our time. Let me start by saying that I have all of her albums, and have always been a fan. I too, was too disturbed by the chant at the end of “Twinkle” to continue to listen to the track…I also cannot listen comfortably to “The Healer” as i see it as equating all the erroneous religions to Christianity, as well as stating that hip hop is bigger than Christianity. which is why I always skip it, I dont believe she is a 5 percenter as she clearly states that the mother ship cant save you on her fisrt album,… I went to see her latest concert and she described the chant as an ancient egyptian language…but did not provide the translation. Reading the above translation, i know now why i was moved to always skip it.But before we burn all her music, we must also examine our memberships in Greek letter organizations, The Masons/Eastern Star,etc. I simply skip what The Holy Spirit moves me to.
    I believe that she is so “pro-black” that she carries it too far at times.

  • The Motherland

    As like most of you, I am a Christian as well. I believe in only ONE God…Jesus Christ. With that said, I am highly spiritual. I’ve been a fan of Erykah Badu, her message, and her stance on many of the issues plaguing our society. We are ONE as a people. Upon listening to the song TWINKLE…I Loved It! I actually got chills when I heard it and it sat RIGHT to my spirit! It made me search for the translation of the Ancient Kemetic words being spoken! I do believe that we ALL derived from Africa. Egypt of course is in Africa and many of their accomplishments were done with the help of the most high. I feel that we should all seek enlightenment and should not be indifferent to one another. The translation is a wonderful thought that she had and show
    her progression as an artist. Thank You. Hopefully I did not offend anyone but … Peace and Blessings to you all!

  • Nicci

    I have just seen Ms Badu perform in the UK as part of her Vortex Tour. She was as always amazing. She has always been so deep as far as her thoughts, feelings, opinions, lyrics etc. And it got me thinking about what spiritual/religious empowerment she has to be so sure of being, the makings of the earth and the process of our actions. I wonder does anyone know which religion she practices?
    I too cannot listen to the end of Twinkle. As soon as I heard it I pulled my earphones out from the jack and scrambled to stop the track. I literally felt like I was being invaded. I have always had concern for the subliminal messages in music. People sometimes find it hard to believe the power of music and words but remember lucifer himself was the angel of music. What better way can evil unbeknown to you, enter your spirit, mind and soul but through music where you can be feed a message phonetically and rhythmically with ease. Think about the thousands of lyrics you know and can recite without a thought but you probably cannot remember a conversation word for word that you had yesterday or the book you read last month.
    For those who can and also wish to, check out the story of how Kevin Thorton from the 90s rnb group Color Me Bad became a christian. I remember watching a dvd of a pastor (whom I forget his name) speak of how he had to “play” out the demons possessing Kevin at the time. To elaborate, after extensive praying over Kevin to be saved, it was only until the pastor’s wife began to play gospel music that the demons (plural) began to stir and leave his body one by one. The last demon was the strongest and the most defiant. The message of the sermon was that these demons had the be played out (with music of God) to leave his soul because that is how they entered his soul – they were “played in”.
    It is hard to believe for those who wish to believe music is just music but if you reconsider for a minute that this is the truth. How many tracks are out there or in your playlist opening your spirit without you knowing.
    Erykah and many other artists know and believe in messages(direct or indirect) they carry in their music. Without thinking first, do you have a choice?
    If you can’t be careful, at least be aware.

  • Anonymous

    It’s an ancient Egyptian prayer that’s spoken each morning; nothing at all devilish about it.

  • Nicci

    Further research tells me…
    Kemetism is a term for neo-pagan revivals of Ancient Egyptian religion. One strand is Kemetic Wicca , an eclectic approach combining Ancient Egyptian elements with Wicca, a pagan witchcraft faith…

  • Helese Smauldon

    Wow, this article was really disturbing. I wanted to know what the man was saying as well, I googled it and this came up. The author said they had no tolerance for music that confuses or harms the people of God. I guess there’s no concern for anyone else. Not only that, but many people of God are so confused anyway, and dont you know that there are some people who can’t listen to sermons and walk out of church because they can’t stand what the preacher is saying? Sometimes you simply need to be disturbed. The truth is disturbing! And you are so ignorant to call it evil because you don’t even know what the words are saying. If you so respect Ms. Badu and her message why do you think she would be so inconsistent as to put some evil spell in her record? You just don’t make any sense, you sound paranoid and ignorant, and this type of thing is why people like me grow up in church and then can’t stand to be there when we get older… I can’t deal with the stupidity.

  • Teah

    This song is not evil but powerful the chant is beautiful. The man who did the chant has spoken its meaning in english it means…
    The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds. HOTEP NTR!!!

  • Menno

    Nicole, I really think that the fear of the unknown makes you a bit paranoid. I don’t think the lyrics in that “strange language” sound diabolical at all. They’re powerful, maybe that’s what made you feel uncomfortable.

  • R-lova

    when i heard the ancient egyptian words i was intrigued i thought it was interesting not scarey. visit this myspace page he says he is the one on the song saying the words and he translates it http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=130161499

  • Lars

    You’re right, Nicole, this music is not for you. Don’t stray too far from the masses of sheeple or you might get lost. Later in life, you may understand the profound influence ancient Egypt (or Kemet as some prefer) has had on the modern world (religion, government, etc.) I wonder what religion you practice? I don’t know, but I suspect it was profoundly influenced by ancient Egypt. What language do you think Moses spoke? Why did Jesus go to Egypt to hide from tyranny at home. Spirituality is to religion what Calculus is to Sesame Street. It would be unfortunate for you to burn the album. Why not leave it on the shelf for a few years and give it another go. Better yet, trade it in so someone else may benefit from a pretty good album. In any case, thanks for supporting Ms. Badu, a true artist in an age of clones. Peace and love…

  • Be_1=tchr+stdnt

    Thanks for the translation, this not a thing to be taken lightly. Spirituality, not religion, is a very powerful tool. Those that enter into practice without fully knowing what it is they are doing endanger both hem selves and those around them. If you don’t believe me try to learn how to meditate with the aim at clearing your mind and stopping the noise, or thoughts, in your brain for an extended periods of time (meditation is a part of most religions). You will notice that your whole way of life will begin to change and things will get easier if you practice often.

  • GodIsLove

    Erykah Badu is one of my favorite artist, however as a Christian I totally agree with you. I heard a live version of the song “The Healer” and as much as I loved the performance, something in my spirit quickened with disagreement. I wanted to watch the performance again but I was fasting today and something told me “Don’t listen to that song when you’re fasting. (Another sign) We could say that Erykah is just an artist but the fact that she finds the need to express her beliefs makes her a tool of the enemy. I’m not only picking on her because anybody, whether they are a child of God or not can be a tool of the enemy. Erykahs beliefs are centered aroung Hip-Hop which is based on many 5 percenter ideals. Many of these Afrocentric religions such as Rastafarianism, Hip-Hop, the Nation of Islam, and the church of Hager stress black pride, cosnciousness, and higher learning. However the word of God states in Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your OWN understandng.” The word of God also says in another scrioture that we should not be attached to the things of this world. That includes black pride. One thing that many of these leaders of these types of organizations do not understand is that in Christ we have freedom. We don’t need to be “enlightened” or seek freedom through consciousness and higher learning because christ alread did that for us. He a given us love,Power, and a SOUND mind, and he have given us WISDOM for those who ask. Most of all he has given us his Holy Spirit. Yes I’m a black woman who is aware of the discrimination that my people may face but as I now see it, I am blessed and highly favored!!! I am also free!!!No New Age Beief system can give me that!!! God Bless everyone on this post!!!

  • blaktivist.blogspot.com

    Some of these comments are a bit devastating, and I really encourage you all to do some further research with an open MIND and HEART.
    I think it is important for all Americans (especially Christians) to watch this video and to engage it critically. I’d love to hear your feedback on it as it pertains to my most “>recent blog about Erykah, these political times and the cycles our world goes through.
    Blessings to you all.

  • Jacob

    Something in your spirit? Christianity is an amazing institution and I don’t deny the power for good that it can have in a person’s life. But choosing to boycott something because of a creepy feeling is irrational. And THAT is actually the scary thing. I can see Christians in medieval times burning woman as witches because of a disquiet in their “spirits”.

  • ms mimi

    I totally agree with the op. I am a badu fan but the journey she is on ended for me at mama’s gun. I picked up the new album and my sprit cringed. It was like somebody prayed evil over it. When I heard that song i threw it away. The holy spirit will let you know when you encounter others.

  • James

    I had a completely different reaction to Erykah Badu’s album – particularly the K emetic Prayer. I found it to be absolutely beautiful, and played it over and over and over again. It was soothing, like just the right jazz rift. I appreciated hearing the sounds of words I’d only seen printed in Egyptian texts. So this is how they must have sounded! Now let me say this: Christianity is not Christ – it is rather, a 2,000 construct based on the life of the Master – Years ago. As Christians, we focus on buildings and not on the spirit…ONE SPIRIT we come from.
    Our narrow view of concepts like “The Holy Spirit” and “Salvation” and even the concept of “God” – have caused us to fear, hurt ourselves and others. This is why we constantly and needlessly suffer. God is on this text. God is in you. God is accessible, and peace is right now in the air you breath. God is not attached from you. Erykah gets this. – the album is written free of the pretense that our religion/belief system is the ONLY way. It is based on knowing that God is bigger then the experience and imperfection of religion. Earlier forms of religion were not dichotomies. Ancient Egyptians knew this. As a matter of fact, most eastern faith traditions(except for Europeans) know this. Unfortunately, we see God through the lense of European puritanical concepts, all rooted in manifest destiny: the belief that “God” has given them charge over all ‘uncivilized’ peoples of the earth. It’s possible to not just believe, but know that God is IN YOU and that the very term GOD is limiting to the Most High. To know that you are a child of the Most High (even this term is insufficient in describing the Creator)is liberating. Erykah is free. Jesus is free. Fear is the ego begging to be given priority. In other words, your fear was your ego saying ‘I’m not sure of these words, and I’m separate from God. These words can hurt me.” – God is in you, on you, and around you. Open your eyes, let go of ‘you’ and you’ll experience ALL.

  • JESUS IS STILL LORD

    Here is the wicked truth and some people need DISCERNEMENT, this woman is practicing DIVINATION and puts spells in her music(subliminal messages), she is into witchcraft and ASTRAL PROJECTION (which is part of the Ocuclt) look it up on the net, her music is Satanic and yes she is calling on gods, but it is not the God you think. Start checking out where she is geeting this stuff from? DOPE takes you alot of places if you let it . What you just heard is her “calling forth demonic beings” if you listen to the record she is doing a decree she is in a convenant with a Witches Coven. I promise to God this woman will be exposed. Her mind is already gone and she need prayer. Satan is very crafty, it is Old Schooly Witchcaft dressed in Hip Hop Clothes, if you are listening to it and you feel uncomrotable there is a reason WHY???? WAKE UP AMERYKAH
    When I heard the song I had to plead the blood of Jesus, just because she is Erica Wright does not make it right. Andre left that woman for a reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will never hear her say JESUS but she will say the MOST HIGH. Everything that sound good is not good and I use to be a big fan until I began to do some research and I was very apalled, her music is not diffrent then “KISS” and Marilyn Mason”. The ring she wears is representing the OCCULT, my God somebody please know the truth. If you mad then be glad because JESUS IS STILL LORD
    Crystal Balls
    Divination
    Astral Projection
    and Dope are not good things to get into

  • Anonymous

    People look at the MESSENGER and then look at her message. Why are you LISTENING TO SOMETHING AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT IS BEING SAID? Curses and spells are real and the enemy will use that little 5 foot lady to decieve you because it feels good to your ears. Eve was decieved because she did something that felt good and we are stil paying for it to today.
    I tell ya what….. keep playing that mess “New Amerykah” and see where you end up. DOPE, SEX, WITCHCRAFT, DIVINATION, FALSE RELIGIONS, and PERVERSION are not the way to go but if you liste to this woman that is what you are following. It is SATANIC today it was yesterday and it will be tomorrow. I’m tired of the DEVIL.

  • Confused

    The album was foul just like her personal life, it is confusing and it sendS out the wrong Vibe, (some)people will actually listen to her CD before they actually read the bible and they want to find out her beliefs…WHY? Someone blew the whitsle on on her occultic life before and she tries to cover it up in HIP-HOP but we ALL of us are not gullible.
    Some people still do not know why she wears that ring “ankah” yeah google it and find out what it means(LOL) You’ll run for your life.
    Erica talks about Egyptians but they represent ‘BONDAGE” can you say that with me on the count of two.
    Erica practices ASTRAL PROJECTION..yeah when you sit and stare at candles and chant and then the spirit and the physical body seperate at will. It is a old coccult practice that makes my skin crawl.
    OH YEAH BUT THE ALBUM WAS SO COOL… yeah right. Please start finding out what you and your kids are listening to and find out what the lyrics mean before you go defending WITCHCRAFT AND VOODOO and BLACK MAGIC.
    Erykah has a large following CULT(fans) but it may take one more album before she is fully exposed and I already knew about the sumliminal messages back in 87(HATED IT). Some people are just now geting it. I’m sure her intentions were well in the beginning because Satan is crafty but thou shall not suffer a witch to live. It is New Age but it still stinks.
    Eryakh STOP SENDING CURSES IN YOUR MUSIC. People are listening to the song and wondering WHY THEY CANNOT CUT IT OFF, IT IS CURSED. You do the math.

  • use to be fan

    Man when I heard that something went off like a red flag. I heard the words “don’t do it” I don’t care if the song means little red writting hood in English there is something very foul, dark, satanic and wicked.
    The imgaination is very powerful and it just was wrong. The whole concept, it’s meaning behind it, Erica song was way out there on the darkside. I don’t know if this lady was abused, got some bad dope and wants us to be a part of her TRIP or this God forsaken project but I am not fooled nor impressed. I am embarressed and I feel violated that this is what it comes to. That should be dome somewhere in private where no ears can hear it.
    To Nicole you are right!!! I don’t know you but you are so right. You stay on then right path because trust you me you need to guard your ears and your eyes because that is the quickest way into your Spirit and not everyone should be getting in it. Whatever she trying to do I want no part of and that last album did not do that good, now I see why.
    I was a big fan at one time yes I was! But when you listen to something it should edify you and build you up. I use to lsiten to “Next Lifetime” all the time but then I realized there is no such thing and the more I listen to the song the more convicted I got so I stopped. But this is getting worse and worse and people who don’t have discernment will fall for this trickery. Some people said they did not feel comfotable at first when they heard the song but then they KEPT listening to it and it got better and better …Well I guess so!!! but what you had was a check in your spirit that lets you know something is foul and don’t do it again.
    If you have purchased the CD do not give it to someone else BURN it and cast that thing out of your home, house or car and stay free people. Yes Erica is Mystical and Spell bounding did you ever try and find out why?

  • not taking sides, sike I am

    I am a athiest and I would not listen to that or let my kids listen to that and they are even banning it from some radio stations.
    This is the killing part if Michael Jackson or Britney made that song people would talk about that so bad and call it crazy but because it’s Erykah Badu it is cool. I was with her in te beginning when she was talking about black power and African Pride, that was real talk but somewhere she threw in some stuff that…well what can I say “wicked” for lack of a better word. I had already stopped listening to the music way before this album. I care what the chant mean and I don’t wanna to know. I did not realize music had that much power and influence over our lives and it is really deep.
    Makes me think about what we are watching and just soaking it up like a sponge. Makes me think of that Guy in the 70’s that was so spiritual and he made all those people take that cianide…. that Jones dude and they thought he was the bomb and so great and he killed them all with mind manipulation. This lady Erykah is not stupid, that is for sure, she is getting paid, she got Yo money (LOL)…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxDt9GGMsDE teresa

    Greetings,
    All the HIP-HOP world is deeper than you think check out these links below the truth behind HIP-HOP Yes erica does worship other religion she calls herself a goddess God told pharoh to stop worshipping those false gods and he refused same with them HIP-HOP is anti-christian before you buy any ones CD’s please preview look and the album covers the devil is using the music to get peoples minds away from Jesus you may even have to burn or either throw some of those artist CD’s away DMX get rid of DANAGLO get rid of he worshiped VOODOO. I couldnt believe what these people are doing. HIP-HOP is also a church the head Clergy is KRS-1 Hes instructing ppl not to read the bible and dont call on the name of Jesus.
    Anyone listen to erica you better rebuke her and pray!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw5RY65em24
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxDt9GGMsDE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1-qYfAhQq0

  • teresa

    yes pay attention to the album picture she has the egyptian cross on her head she thats the relgion she in she trying to get ppl to worship satan thru her music! If was everyone yes I would burn her music with fire and rebuke satan. God forbid she worshipping the same thing as pharoh they worshipped false gods read the book of exdous the devils not playing. ask God to forgive us for worshipping her music. God called us out of the world for a reason to serve him and not the devil. Satan a serve you notice and all of your works rite now in the name of Jesus I bind the works of the enemy! the bloods against you satan!

  • Being Real

    In the name of Jesus I bind up witchcraft, divination, black magic, spells, curses, chantings, tantra(black magic), astral travel and subliminal messages in Erica Wrights music and I cancel every assignment and I pull down all strongholds in JESUS NAME. I cancel every ley-line and bind all(demonic) power of sorcery that she has manipulated through the power of suggestion and manipulation and the unsaved media.
    I decree that she be exposed in Jesus name but saved by His grace. I pray a hedge of protection over her children and ask for angelic protection. No weapon formed against them shall prosper, God said if I decree a thing it shall be established for me, I pray for those who have no idea what she really represents that they will see the truth and intercede for her. Lord I pray that you set Erica free and that she get delievered through you Holy Spirit, send someone to her and thank you for your Mercy and Grace”
    What people don’t see is Erica sitting in a “Labyrinth” at night in her house in Texas channeling other deities(demons) and sending curses out to people(through her music) she does not like or to get more power in her career. If you don’t know what a “Labyrinth” is, It is a circle that witches and warlocks use to summons up drak power. She has one in her living room engraved on the floor, she said it in a interview!!!! Google the picture, it looks like a maze. Yeah somebody gone get mad I’m telling the truth, but you be alright.
    I use to be a big fan, yes me and I knew something was wrong and that she practiced New Age stuff. That is why people need to pray, seek God and ask for discernment. Spend alot of time with God alone and he will began to show things and yes sometimes it will blow your mind.
    Now people who don’t know the Lord and never have been in close contact with witchcraft and it’s power will laugh when they read this post but believe you me “Tantra” is dangerous. I feel so sad for Erica. Pray for her people.

  • Erykah Badu into Astral Projection

    This woman Erykak Badu this so called Goddess as she wants to be called by the Hip Hop World is into Astral Projection or Soul Traveling, it is an old Occult practice where you meditate (yoga, new age movement) and after a few miniutes the body and the spirit seperate. The spirit if free to travel, as the physical body stays in like a trance, sleeping format and do whatever it wants in the astral plane (people of God call it the spiritual realm) This is still being practiced by Witches, Warlocks, Satanist and even teenagers today in our Western World. Sound scary, keep on reading baby!!!!
    This is a forbidden practice by God, God warns us to stay away from these practices because Satan could take advantage and it may cause mental and emotional problems in individuals that practice it. It also opens them up to strong demonic power, depending on what door was opened depends on how often the practitioner (Erykah Badu) does it. It’s like a bad LSD trip that won’t stop, it goes on and on. Considering that she does channeling which any FOOL can hear through her music, black magic and chantings which begans to release DEMONIC POWER TO ALL LISTENERS and this is called Seducing Spirits.
    Ever listen to a Erykah Badu record CD and you have no freaking idea what she is saying or talking about but something tells you to KEEP lsitening to it, then after a while the very song you hated, all of a sudden you LOVE it??? Those are subliminal messages and they are bound through demonic forces/power. In exchanged Erykah gets reconition and fame and her career gets advanced.
    Once in the astral realm (you can manipulate, people throughs dreams, thoughts, wills and motives.)
    This sounds exciting does it not? But believe you me there is a price to pay. The person(Erykah Badu) that does this if they want to stop, this demonic force that they allowed in through meditation becomes a slave master like a puppet on a string. Some people commit suicide, some hear voices or they even see manifestation in their waking life.
    Witchcraft is REAL, I am not here to promote it but to expose it. They are teaching little kids how to do this as young as 5 and six. You can not dabble in the occult and expect not to suffer because of it. If you are mad I wrote this get a little bit more mad, guess where are of this is coming from???
    YOGA YOGA YOGA YOGA YOGA YOGA YOGA YOGA YOGA YOGA
    Yes, it is just not breathing techniques or exercise ask Erykah Badu that. Each breathing exercise is summoning a demon(real demons)People before you do something you need to check out WHERE it came from, who is speaking into YOUR life, words have powers yes they do. If there is something on a CD and you do not know the meaning then you need to FIND out what it means. If you are a praticing YOGA then I advise you to stop.
    All of this falls under the Occult which means (HIDDEN) that is what that word means. Now if someone is a witch do you really think they are going to come out and tell you? Why not when they can have fun with you for a while.
    I hope somebody got free.

  • http://www.myspace.com/amenkhumrasounds think twice

    Perhaps we should think twice (and actually do our research) before we judge others so harshly…
    From Erykah Badu’s “Twinkle”
    Words spoken by:
    Amen Khum Ra
    http://www.myspace.com/amenkhumrasounds
    Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.

  • http://www.pointshop.com/Mall/Catalog/Product/ASP/product-id/599945/store-id/1000008761.html Aisha

    Thank you..-refering to the comment above-
    The song is talk to you blog poster.
    It’s so true, the Twinkle is written about YOU! This song is to YOU!
    I know this is a hard pill to swallow, but the fact that the chant made you uncomfortable is a sign of how far away from yourself you truely are. It lets you know how truely oblivious you are to yourself “They dont know their language…they dont know their gods…they take what is given…even when it feels odd”
    Do you realize what she is saying black woman?
    Christianity was given to you my love. Jesus is very real. He came down to warn us of our wrong doing…but christianity my dear, is a fluke. A complete scam. What you’ve been taught all these years is a lie. Then the minute you a hear a voice thats speaking about you (the chant), and refering to you black woman, you’re so far away from your true self, that the truth about you scares you. Do you realize what I’m saying right now? Everything was stripped of us on our journey here as slaves..including our RELIGION! Do you honestly think that if God wanted you to follow Jesus, he’d have our ancestors be beaten, raped, and enslaves for us to follow? Do you really think that OUR God…OUR God..is that wicked?
    Reiligion is a very touchy subject, but you should really ask yourself why you believe what you believe and why your ancestors believe it.
    Christianity I’m sorry to say, was created to keep us down, was made to continue to have us follow what the authorities (preachers, pastors, popes) say, it was created to rule the world. Please sweetheart, I BEG OF YOU please find out the real reason why christianity was created. The bible, is very real, jesus is very real, but we have been taught about the bible, and taught about jesus all wrong. You see what I’m saying? If Jesus was still alive he’d be appauled at Christianity and what it’s taught us. And thats part of what that song is saying. That chant in the song is exactly what people made to bring black down…dont want us to know, it’s what black people originally were, and what WE are meant to be..but no longer are because of the people who conquered and controlled us…even before slavery.
    I know that is a really hard pill to swallow, and you probably dont want to read what I’m saying, but you can’t run away from yourself forever. I was born and raised christian all my life, but my spirit literally kept drawing me closer and closer to something else. The “finding myself” stage…and the more and more I found myself, the more I realized that christianity wasnt my true self, it isnt any black persons true self. Again, Jesus is very real, his message is very real, the bible is very real, but the religion christianity was created to keep us down. Please listen to that song again. She’s talking about us, Erykah isnt crazy, she isnt a devil worshiper, she knows her true self, and the minute you know your true self, you’ll love her that much more.
    A book called “From Niggas to God’s” pt 1 & 2 will be one of the best books you have ever read. No it’s not an anti christianity book at all. It’s made to let you realize how great you are. It’s not full of big words and philosophy’s that you wont understand. It’s written clearly and broken down precisely so that you understand. Please I beg of you, if you want to know what God & Jesus is really trying to tell us, read that book.
    I apologize if some parts you cant understand, I didnt spell check.
    But please, get that book, it will truely change your life, you spirit will never feel so at home.

  • I second that emotion

    The person talking about Astral I had to re-read the post and I always wondered why that lady Erykah Badu looked out of her mind and what was really wrong with her. I know she smoked dope and that is no biggie, that is commom but the other stuff left my mouth hanging.
    The New Age movement which is really the “One World Government” is definitely in her music but that is NO SECRET, she lets it be made known that she is a PAGAN and does not believe in Jesus Christ, listen to her music. So why are you surprised about that Astral Travel which is really into the Occult as you could possibly get!!!!!
    Any dummy can see Erykah Badu is a modern day WITCH… you don’t have to do research on that(LOL). Her music is geared toward a certain crowd and let me tell you something once you open yourself up to that type of atmosphere you midest well be into that thing as well. Here are some key words that people in the occult use and church people pay attention because they are coming into the churches and mingling to get you off guard.
    Enlightment
    Energy Circle
    Spirit Guides
    Mother Earth
    Father Moon
    Higher Power
    Positive Energy
    Aurua’s
    Reincarnation
    Professing A God but never saying his name. FOR example “Jesus Christ” they worship many Gods even themselves
    Now if you are just out there, your spirit is open to anything that sounds good to your ear and seeds are being sown weather you know that lady is into witchcraft or not. She is a artist but she is being decieved by the messages in her music and her albums do okay but they are not main stream, that is why she does so many concerts, she has to keep promoting the music. VH-1, and MTV rarely show her videos and I am surprised because they promote the occult!!!!!!
    I already knew about the witch circle in her house but let Erykah Badu tell it and she will say it is a positive energy circle, she is open with it. The only thing she has not done was denied it. So if her listeners want to buy that then that is on them but I won’t be buying none of that. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. There is only one God, one Lord and that is Jesus Christ.

  • don’t matter

    I’m glad someone blew the whitsle on Erykah Badu, people like Jill Scott, and India Arie are really doing the Neo Soul thing not New Age and believe you me there is diffrence,some people go to far with the African Art thing. I am a black woman and I love being black but stop over doing it. It sucks.
    Music should follow your life, don’t be talking about being a queen on wax or CD and every time we see you, your with a diffrent man. That is not being a queen, I can’t even get to the withcraft and occult because I am still tripping on that. Fah real.
    I’m not going to follow or listen to someone who potrays to be one way on a CD but in real life they are without caution. GET REAL AMERYKAH!!!!!!.
    Lil Kim is who she is on CD and in real life(which is really not good but still), if you gone be out there like that just DO IT damn. Stop it with the FAKE WIG, the FAKE DREDS and the FAKE LIFESTYLE. What you do in the dark will come into the light and some people are so pissed off because Erykah Badu is not who they thought she was. We all have faults, no one is perfect but when you portray yourself to be what you really ain’t then I got a problem with that. She ain’t the first to have three kids out of wedlock and she won’t be the last
    That is what happens when we put people on a pedstal and when they fall we wonder what happened. I’m not a christian but at least they got enough sense to see when something is WRONG. Stop half as doing shyt, if you gone be a pagan then be one to the fullest and stop show boating yo azz

  • Auset Sa Ra Amen

    Wow, Bravo, judging by the comments it is safe to say that those who gave you a plagarized version of African spiritual practices have succeeded. The whole concept of Jesus was stolen from Kemetic concepts involving the attributes of our creator. Europeans were fully aware of the natural sprituality that we are born with, thus, they had to disconnect you from your creator. Religion was given to us by our oppressors! Duh, which part do we not understand? Enemies don’t give gifts. Heru= Jesus, this is considered to be the sun. Hence you worship on SUNday and close with the Kenetic word Amen. (meaning “the hidden”) I don’t understand how so many can live their lives with out seeking truth and wisdom. Ms Badu does not worship devils. She is living her life according to the laws of Maat. The chills you recieved were actually an awakening of your senses.RESEARCH!! It’s all hidden in books. We must not be afraid of truth. I was deeply moved when I heard that chant as I knew most of what he was saying. “They don’t know their language They don’t know their Gods They take what the given Even when it feels odd. People do not live in whales and snakes do not speak. That sure feels odd to me.

  • a soul kissed

    You who have not really investigated this matter on your own and only going by hear say should leave their guessed and assumed views to them selves always research things for you self and lets not get to high on our passed down tradions our cultures because that is exactly what they are and people fear the unknow, things are not always what the seem, I am also knowing that the most high is the, the only, the most highest that there is. I also believe in truth, being an me, growing my hair as it flows to the 9, eating on what is natural, helping people weaker that I, treating people as I would want to be treated, this life is only temperary, using my gifts to serve my creator, focusing on what I know what i know in naturally wrong ang right, living rightously, I can nothing but I to know god…Remember ,….I am sure your “RELIGION” teaches you anly god can judge.

  • http://www.myspace.com/breesupinthisbitch b

    if u search hard enough ALL the answers are in life. maybe just maybe u didnt WANT to like or understand the song, MAYBE. be open and fully open to gain answers. i found it and i found it with ease: http://www.myspace.com/amenkhumrasounds

  • me

    wow. someone just refered to the term “positive energy” as a bad thing? umm that person sounds like a devil/witch themselves. wow who does that? and to the silly person saying they see erykah with a different man, what photos r u seeing? bcos I always see her by herself. even still she doesn’t live by the law of a corrupt governent! marriage is just a piece of paper letting the government know about ur love and financial status. it has nothing to do wit true love. besides haven’t u hear u have to kiss a few frogs to find ur prince? are u still with your first girlfriend or boyfriend from kindergarden? that’s silly u even mentioned that, I would heed any advice coming from some1 that says things like that lol. also if u research a thing called twin flame which badu may know of u will see that she is living life as correct as the next Queen. we each have MANY soulmates but only ONE twin flame and sometimes we find them in this life sometimes we dont but how will we know unless we date people? duh! lol also anything foreign can set a weird vibe in oneself it’s just bcos it’s just that, foreign! it’s not true unsettlement. just like some ppl from NY move to LA and they r not happy at first or vice versa but when they stay longer and learn about that city they see it Is not bad an never was! just foreign. so learn ur language and understand THEN u can decide if the dialect is bad or not.unfortunately we live in a land where we cannot trust our instinct becoz even that has been taken over. when we see “nappy” hair it is unpleasing to the eye and makes us feel uneasy and say “girl straiten ur edges!” etc which is sad bcos natural hair is who we r and we cannot be settle with our own selves and culture. so go out and educate and gain ur soul back! sankofa :)

  • fan

    a misunderstanding about the Gods in Egypt as idols is very common. they r not gods but coming from the same beliefas Jesus and erykah and ppl today whom refer themselves as God. if we were made in his image then call us by our names. we r all Gods just like Jesus, buddah, and heru (all fairly same story or teaching) have tought. we understand that we r God becoz of God! there is only ONE GOD and we r all children. look at all these views from different Christians and ppl!! do u think God is sending some to he’ll and some not? just bcos we all have different interpretations? start with that question and u will find more meanin and understand exatly what Jesus was talkin a about! Christianity today is insulting! if we r Christ followers why r we not calling our selves God too? we r Gods and creators of our own life bcos of our father and creator! so when u hear sun god, moon god or godess etc that’s y! not idols, idol worship is anything that deturs and distracts u from
    the truth & fulfilling ur true calling! like sin ignorance, hatred, gluttony, ppl can even worship mikey Cyrus, she’s not bad or an idol, just bad or idol worshipif u make her! that’s what the bible is referring to. & if u r Paris or nikki Hilton u r royalty and a Hilton. just a nikki hilton or a dumb hilton aka a Paris Hilton. hence U r from God so u r a God! also downplaying a fact that someone from Texas can’t be enlightened or exotic is really mean. erykah put that language bcos he song is saying they don’t know their language duh! what was she suppose to put Ebonics? ugh no we know enough of that and if she did I’m sure shed get ridiculed for that! she’s doin more than u ever possibly would allow itself to do living in the public eye trying to please as many as she cab which is obviously impossible and allowing her self to be judged by billions! we never encounter that much pressure as a regular person we don’t get exposed to that many minds! thank God! and yeah I know what I mean by her being a modern day witch! I see all the vampires and gothic kids at her show! let’s get real people! lol

  • Your Name

    I love this album, this is a rude awakening for all those who are unconscious, Erykah’s music has always been consciouss with messages that will awaken your spirit and make those aware who are not. This proves that the truth hurts and enslavement of the mind is the worst kind of enslavement. People need to break those chains of the mind and free themselves we as a nation has been enslaved for too long and I consider erykah one of the revolutionaries, we had many that have come and went who have given us a message to take heed too. I do believe that the way in which we have been taught religion has been corrupted from the time of slavery and unfortunately we were taught by our parents who have too been taught in a form of slavery. The song Twinkle from erykah badu, at the end recites a very powerful message in Kemetic language and you can get the tranlation by googling or you tube, I have the translation, but I cannot remember all of it, but it is basically telling black people who they are, and how great they are it is nothing demonic or offensive. You see we our minds our subconscioussly trained to think in fear, you cannot expand in fear, the western world has trained us to not want change but to stay in chains and forever be lost. People liberate yourselves,and your children please!…….Peace and Light!

  • Enigmatic

    The translation is: “We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.”
    It’s spoken in Kemetic, an ancient Egyptian language.

  • JENIPHA

    Whaaat? You stopped playing Twinkle because you felt fear??? And you allowed fear to make the decision for you? Listening to previous albums tells you Badu would use Kemetic. You should be thankful that an artist brings an ancient African language to your ears when previously, “as a Christian,” you were denied that. The opening lyrics to Twinkle: “they don’t know their language/they don’t know their god/they take what they’re given even when it feels odd.”
    Our “spirituality,” neo- or not, is bigger than religion. Just like God is bigger than Judeo-Christianity vs. Islam, Hip Hop is bigger than divisive titles.
    THANK YOU, Enigmatic, for the translation! :)

  • Shauen Pearce

    Thank you for your honest feedback and the sharing of your gut reaction. I had one myself though it was different than yours. I was free flowing the Badu’s New Amerykah when Twinkle faded into what felt like a call to greatness. On the toughest days of living with the psychological warfare waged against Brown people across this land I play Twinkle and feel fuel the energy of the universe within me. With mainstream radio claiming that the degradation of women, homophobia, latest fashion, and non-commitment are the ways to happiness Twinkle eloquently silences the lies like no other. Twinkle feels as a call to the spiritual true that is all of us. A step beyond the labels of Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, etc to that which is bigger. I did not find the song blasphemous at all. I do understand that for those of us who were talk to speak/act/dress a certain way for a particular religion the “difference” may be frightening and triggering of evil. Be careful though cousin. It is a fear of difference that permitted slavery since the beginning of time (Christians and others), the wars we are at in this world, the ads you past on the streets, and the destruction of our knowledge of spiritually, religion and love.
    Peace,
    Shauen

  • http://myspace.com/boxinggoddess Kristin

    This is the translation….
    You can go to this mans page from Erykah’s myspace page his name is Ra sounds…. What this man is saying is actually inspirational to me anyways… Don’t prejudge it makes you look wack…
    Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds. HOTEP NTR

  • WestAfrocan

    Bible Quote — “greater is He that lives in you than in the world” First John 4:4 to be specific. Just wanted to let everyone know that you will never agree or come to a consensus with the article writer simply because of the force or spirit within her. So dont expect to have the same feeling as she did while listening to the Erykah’s song. Strangely I have the same feeling as her whenever I listen to a song like that and similar songs. Music is powerful and a Tool. I know about these things and the power in the things Erykah messes with simply because I lived i was born in Africa and lived there for 1/3 of my life. I learned a lot of things over there and in the western world and through my crazy experiences. I have a question. What exactly does the translation mean? specifically, “children of Divine Mother Father” and “deepest black”. I have an idea of what it is but I like knowing my full facts before I comment. One last question. How sure are we about this translation is accurate. I can simply say a sentence like “I want curses in my life” (5x) to non-english speaking people and then translate it to them in their language as something else. They would never know til they find a person who actually speaks english translate it for them. If my intent was to get them cursed or get them influence in anyway, then my goal would have been accomplished. Think about all this. After all I’ve seen and all i’ve heard and I all ive experiences from living by muslims, attending catholic churches, seeing african night chanters and so on, my conclusion is “Jesus Christ is the Way, The Truth, and the Life”!

  • Your Name

    I tried to listen to the song Twinkle and understood exactly what you were saying. I was only able to listen to a few secounds. My spirit just like yours would not allow me to listen to anymore. I myself have never heard chants like that before. I have just about every CD Ms. Badu has put out but i’m not sure if I will puchase this one. Thanks for the article.

  • Your Name

    Erykah Badu point in the song on the cd is freeing ourselfs of religion. Whatever path you walk. Goddess and god are bigger.

  • Craig

    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    Erykah Badu is an avid 5 percenter that believes that the black man is God and Jesus Christ is not the son of God but he is the “white” man’s God?
    Erykah Badu even hides the lyrics of her beliefs in her songs and they fill your spirit with the doctrine of a false god religion.
    Erykah Badu promotes sex outside of marriage, weed smoking, having children out of wedlock and severe profanity! She is against Christ and thus, you should be against her!
    Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
    Erykah Badu says: If we recognize that GOD is in all of us, then we can start to treat ourselves and our brothers and sisters with respect.
    We are quick to spot the devil in us, why not the DIVINE?
    Because she believes that we are the gods, she believes we are divine deity. This is antichrist!
    1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
    whether they are of God: because many false prophets
    are gone out into the world.

  • craig

    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    Erykah Badu is an avid 5 percenter that believes that the black man is God and Jesus Christ is not the son of God but he is the “white” man’s God?
    Erykah Badu even hides the lyrics of her beliefs in her songs and they fill your spirit with the doctrine of a false god religion.
    Erykah Badu promotes sex outside of marriage, weed smoking, having children out of wedlock and severe profanity! She is against Christ and thus, you should be against her!
    Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
    Erykah Badu says: If we recognize that GOD is in all of us, then we can start to treat ourselves and our brothers and sisters with respect.
    We are quick to spot the devil in us, why not the DIVINE?
    Because she believes that we are the gods, she believes we are divine deity. This is antichrist!
    1John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
    whether they are of God: because many false prophets
    are gone out into the world.

  • Demi

    I originally heard this album and fell in love with Erykah all over again. The song, Twinkle, happens to indeed be one of my favorites. After the song played out and it got to this chant I knew I had to look it up. First off, I was not startled, turned off, or weirded out by it in any way. I knew that if Erykah put it in the song it had a purpose, maybe one of a spiritual nature, but nothing harmful or demonic by any means. I love the sequence. The reason I even found this page is because I decided to look it up and see if it was something playing backwards or some old language. Like someone said before the chant is done by Amen Khum Ra, a quite clearly harmful and well meaning man.
    That being said, I think this whole article is a vast display of sheer and utter ignorance. Just because some apparent “spirit curled up inside of [you]” you wrote off not only this song, but her whole album. In fact, you went and assumed it was possibly of “African Bushmen” but never actually found out where the language came from, or who said it. You blatantly recognized that you “can’t be sure of what language it was or the intention behind it” yet declared that is was “leading of the spirit.” How on earth can you write it off as spirit-leading if you know neither the language nor the intention?!
    Furthermore, the reason that Badu didn’t “provide an explanation in the liner notes” is simple—because she did not want to. She’s not entitled to provide anything to you, she will give you what she wants to give you.
    Now, the chant itself, as translated before, is actually quite enlightening. The language is Kemetic and not demonic at all—simply ancient Egyptian. The man doing the lines, Amen Khum Ra, as cited on myspace (www.myspace.com/amenkhumrasounds) is actually a peaceful man, with a video of him on stage with Badu and happy smiling pictures to boot. I believe this display of crass finger-pointing is a bit of an insult to those who consider themselves akin to this community of Egyptian descendants, and those who appreciate language. How would you feel if someone told your language made a “spirit curl up” inside of them, begging you to stop?
    Lastly, I suggest you take it down a notch, maybe get something to help you with that paranoia, because clearly no one was trying to “harm the people of God.”

  • Your Name

    THANK YOU! I believe that the message in the song is actually trying to point out alot of things we as mankind have made a natural part of our lives. I also agree that the whole Bible quoting thing is a bit much. I mean its things like that why people are qouted crazy… Just a thought. :)

  • CJ

    If you go to myspace.com/amenkhumrasounds you might find the translation given by the artist himself. I’m pretty sure it is an ancient Egyptian language, and may very well be taken straight from ancient glyphs. It may not be christianity, but it does seem to pay homage to the Most High.

  • CJ

    That was an excellent breakdown, Demi! I responded to the original message before I read your post. I, like you, immediately fell in love with this cd, and twinkle happens to be one of my favorites also.
    Peace

  • Your Name

    Wow! Are you serious? How can you be an avid Erykah Badu Fan and just give up on her because of something YOU didn’t understand. This is what THEY mean by the 85 percent. (ignorance will allow a spirit to overcome you and cause confusion) Now take the time out to research and believe in YOU!

  • _//Tim the Majestic

    This is just silly. I just now found out that it’s Kemetic, but before I even knew, I just somehow knew it was Egyptian. After all, she’s very in touch with the Egyptian culture. And as far as your “spirit curling up,” maybe it’s because you’re a “Christ”ian and your religion practices thoughtstopping when anything comes up that might go against what you’ve already been taught by that 10 percent that control the masses.
    However, I can understand why you might be freaked out by that particular song, because The Mars Volta collaborated with her on that very track, and their music is–to say the least–“dark.” Nevertheless, it’s just music, it’s merely a manifestation of energy that was already there and some musician interpreted it. And it’s YOUR mind. And if you’re not in control of it, then who is, that 10 percent?

  • reader

    Maybe you picked up on the real intention, regardless of the face value message. All i can tell you is, always follow your own instinct, if it doesn’t feel right to you, it doesn’t. Don’t worry about what other people say.

  • Your Name

    Demi,
    By now you will most likely not be checking back to see if anyone responded to your comment, but I am leaving word to let you and every other commenter who will respond thereafter know that I did my due diligence in searching for the language spoken in “Twinkle.” I did not blindly write this post and the reason I brought up the African Bushmen was because I let a friend listen to it who has spent some time with them during her trip and she offered that as an origin.
    Furthermore I didn’t find out what language the man was speaking until a few months after I wrote this post and that is because I checked back regularly to see if anyone found the origin because from my own research I didn’t find it.
    Lastly I will say that my summary of this album was about the feeling it gave me at that moment in time. Yes, in that moment I wrote off the entire album because I didn’t know what to do with it. I’ve since gone back, listened and loved what I heard, with the exception of “Twinkle” because it just isn’t for me. It is far beyond my spirit curling up inside of me because I know if God is for me who could be against me and I also know that fear is not of God, so at this point I can’t even give the song that much credit. What I was doing in this post is helping people, who have more sensitive spirits, to stay alert. There are people who can listen to “Twinkle” and not flinch, unfortunately I was not one of them and felt moved to share my experience and I see some agree, some disagree and some are indifferent. Nevertheless, I thank all for leaving their sentiments in good, bad, and indifferent ways.

  • Your Name

    I believe Badu’s intent was to invoke a spirit of curiosity and a thirst of knowledge for what the unknown words really meant. At first I was lost as well, but I listened to see if it sounded like a dialect I was familiar with. It’s Kemetian. I initially thought she wanted us to be like the ‘scientists’ mentioned in The Healer and search for the underlying message of the chant, so I did and this is what it means:
    “We the brightest light,born from the deepest black, children of the divine mother father, true right and exact, open the way, shining ones, open the way, listen to these divine words I say. I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the all awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two worlds.”
    So you see, it isn’t menacing or ‘dark’ at all. It is filled with light which is something Erykah incessantly promotes. Before you decide that it is not of God, know first what the message is… Besides, all things are of God, you probably just weren’t ‘woke’ as Miss Badu mentioned, to know that.
    P.E.A.C.E.

  • G

    Don’t fear what you don’t understand. Understand what you don’t understand. You can never learn enough. The world is large with vast amounts of information. Your school of thought is by far not the only school of thought. So explore other schools of thought and add it to your school of thought which in turn will make you a great student of life.

  • Cbaby

    I feel you on this article. I never understood where Badu stood religion wise, but I enjoyed her music. I was excited about her new album because I thought it would be a breath of fresh air to Hip-Hop but when I heard the opening I lost all desire to even buy the album. I also find it sad that someone would tell you that you are being silly about your spirit not being comfortable with the music. It obviously wasn’t just the words that stopped you from listening to the music it was the Holy Spirit. People of the world would not understand this because they are seeing it from the view point of the world. 1 John 4:4-6 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit[a] of truth and the spirit of falsehood.” Now, of course someone reading my comment will think I’m judging them, I’m not, just revealing the truth. Please don’t let people keep you from your relationship with the Lord. If the Holy Spirit wanted you to stear clear of it then there is a reason why. It may sound judgemental but those who don’t know God will think from the viewpoint of the world.

  • http://www.mrsbaugus.tumblr.com MrsBaugus

    I have enjoyed Erykah’s music since Baduizm also, so I shared your anticipation of her new album. However I never did purchase the album, upon going to purchase it I wasn’t able to. I just looked at it and sat it back down. I enjoyed the article and understood your point, and think that it’s always better to be led of the Holy Spirit than your flesh. God bless.

  • Your Name

    I agree with the first post. I have to say I was shocked at a lot of what she was saying. She was talking about how she used to pray to God, but has since learned that was all a lie. Then, she just kept going on about hip hop being greater than all, greater than any God or religion, greater than the government. I sat thru 2 1/2 songs and walked out. She has serious anger issues towards God. And, she lets you know it. I felt extremely uncomfortable listening to her. It really bothered me to realize that the 20,000 or more that were listening were cheering her opinions on. All it takes is one person to mess someone up. She has the potential to seriously confuse a lot of people. I walked away praying for her, that God can show her His love and forgiveness!

  • Your Name

    The whole point of Erykah Badu as an artist is to enlighten others to things that live within them…. including God. It is not a foreign, anti-religious thought to believe that God lives within those of us who choose to accept this blessing.
    Erykah Badu believes in God. She says so… listen to Telephone on this very same album. “Just fly away to heaven, brother… put in a word for me.” Obviously she believes in a higher power.
    Your fear is of your own insecurities with your own faith. Obviously what you were feeling about the “strange language” was self-induced, as the words have no other-worldly or Satanic meaning. In fact, they are positive words that cannot be misconstrued as negative unless they are not understood – which you did not, and immediately judged it as something evil. There is a bit of a pro-Black mentality, and if you are not Black, then I guess you were right to feel a little off (lol).
    Wake up. Stop pre-judging. A lot of the music on the shelves is negative, don’t blast and write horribly unfounded articles about one the few positive black female artists alive. Please… educate yourself next time.
    P.S. On & On is much more controversial than this whole album, lol. Funny that your “intuition” didn’t kick in when she actually was trying to get a secretly anti-Christian religious message across. Listen… with new ears this time… and a dictionary… and an open mind. Or else you will ALWAYS feel this confused… :-)

  • Miss Tee

    While it may seem odd to your ears, don’t fear it because it is foreign to you. It is ancient Kemetic language. And it is beautiful. Hearing the language of the people of the oldest civilization known to man should make you feel closer to God. It’s crazy how all things African, we associate with evil, devilish, primitive and it frightens and unsettles us. Know you history!
    Here is the translation:
    The artist saying those words is Amen Khum Ra. Here is his myspace: MySpace.com – Amen Khum Ra Sounds Appearing on Twinkle with Badu – WASHINGTON, Washington DC – Healing & EasyListening – http://www.myspace.com/amenkhumrasounds
    Here is the whole text and the translation of what is being said by Amen Khum Ra on the song “Twinkle”:
    “The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.”

  • Teya a Christian

    wow Satan makes light appear evil and being the angel of light makes dark seem light. God even says He created him wiser and more beautiful than all other creatures, people should not be decieved he’s a little red nimph with a pitch fork. humans are not spirit beings although we have a spirit witches have to seperate from the physical to astro project, see the only spirit beings there is are angels heavenly and demonic. There is only one true light JESUS you can ask the Lord to protect you with angels but they only go to the sound of His command so if your manifesting spirits, they’re demons and your not controlling them they are controlling you. The bible is for certain about one thing for sure “That men will perish in the last days because of their ignorance. If there is anyone out there who has problems with the trustworthiness of the bible as I once did they should go to alwaysbeready.com that would be a good start also reading one in its context without the Holy Spirit will not help you because the carnal man can never understand the spiritual things of God.

  • EVE

    THAT SUMMONING ANGELS TO DO YOU BIDDING GOOD OR NOT , IS ALSO WITCHCRAFT. IF YOU WANT TO BE TECHNICAL . AND AS FAR AS DEMONS GO ….THEY ARE ANGELS AS WELL . AND SATAN IS NO MORE A LITTLE RED IMP (NOT NIMPH) WIHT A PITCH FORK THAN “THE MAN IN THE MOON”. THE IMAGE OF SATAN THAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO COMES FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY , A CREATURE BY THE NAME OF “PAN”. THE MORE YOU ARE INFORMED AND EDUCATED THE LESS CONFUSED AND FEARFUL YOU ARE.
    IT’S FUNNY HOW ONE OF THE VERY FEW POSITIVE ARTIST IN THE MUSIC BUZZ. IS BEING ATTACTED IN THIS WAY . BECAUSE SOME OF HER CONTENT GOES OVER YOUR HEADS. MEANWHILE WE ARE COMPLETELY INUNDATED WITH GARBAGE MUZAC 24 LIL WAYNE , BEYONCE AND BRITTNEY SPEARS AND THE LIKE . THIS IS WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT . PLEASE. BY ALL MEANS ERYKAH ROCK ON SISTA!!!!!
    “Humdililah, Allah, Jehovah, Yahweh, Dios, Maat, Jah, Ras Stafari, fire, dance, sex, music, hip hop … It’s bigger than religion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Coj

    Wow…Seriously? angels? and demons? jesus? How much longer will it be until this general population discovers that the creators (god) is (was) YOU and I? we’re all beautiful infinite gods, we’ve just forgotten how powerful we are. even Erykah knows this. *what good do your words do if they can’t understand you* ( …& On – Erykah Badu) Education, media, work, its all bullshit ways to keep ur mind from the fact that we’re all infinite, so that it seems like this is the only life we get, until u die, forget everything uve learned (sometimes keeping skills/traits) and begin a new life.. until people people “wake up” like Badu is tryna tell u on The Healer we will always be slaves… “with no coices we have no hope” Twinkle – Erykah badu
    Ps. that ancient Kimetic language is amazing, shame on anyone who cant listen to it.. and buddy who wrote this…the reason you get shivers in ur spine is becuz u subconsciously know what it says and identify with these words..somewhere in ur past travels you’ve understood it.
    research David Icke

  • Sy-Art Maat (Order)

    Blessings
    I came across this blog and read it, and all the comments. Let me just say that it is normal to fear something you know nothing of. I was raised in a Christian church, However I have always wonder about religion and where it started, to make a long story shot I studied the bible first, and then studied other books as well. The Khemtic Faith predates all other religions. The Kemetic language is was it is just another language. Would we say that someone speaking Spanish was evil because we did not understand them or someone speaking in french, or how about other cultures that speak in other languages. Why Judge simply off of your misunderstanding and miseducation. We Black people are a beautiful people…but we don’t know who we are, as a people. I challenge you to study, learn, be open minded you would be amazed at what you find out, and how closer it will bring you to the most high Creator, God. We are truly make in his image and God has given us the ability to learn and grow. Walking as Juses did simple means becoming your higher self, able to NOT be tempted.
    I choose not to listen to a lot on music or watch TV because I try to be aware of what I feed my spirit, and I am of Khemtic Faith it is what I have chosen for my self and I still reference the bible. Don’t not be a people of judgment, but a people off understanding, light, truth, love, and respect. Thank you. Peace to all of you

  • Justin

    I am not going to fault you for your views or your comments because we are all entitled to them. It does sound like you are a little over zealous in your enthusiasm. Erykah Badu is an extremely talented artist that I admire, but not for her ability to show me God. Her music isn’t intended to be Godly so I’m not sure I understand where you are coming from. One has to be able to pick sense from nonsense. If you are troubled by Badu’s last album because you are a Christian then I am betting that you shouldn’t be listening to a whole set of music that you listen to. I enjoy her music for the sake of the music and because her lyrics are direct and real NOT because I am looking for God in them. When I want to see God, I go the source. I think you need to chill out.

  • FRAN BEA

    THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS…I DISCERNED THE EXACT SAME THING… DON’T BE DISMAYED BY THE NAYSAYERS..SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE… WHAT THEY SAY HAS ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN..THEY ARE JUST PLAYING THEIR PARTS..LORD HAVE MERCY ON THEM..BUT EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW

  • KnowledgeInfinitePower

    So here’s the translation of those words at the end of the song on Erykah’s “Twinkle” track:
    “The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.”
    –Amen Khum Ra, the man behind the chants on “Twinkle”

  • realistic

    There is no god, you fool. You are brainwashed by the religion given to you by your slavemaster. Wake the hell up. It’s just a damn song.

  • mama2one

    I agree with fran bea, God gave you the gift of discernment, and maybe it isn’t a diabolical chant, but maybe God, being the gentleman he is, is telling you to mind what you’re feeding your soul with. Of course it’s just a song to other people, but you put it best when you said
    ‘but I believe it is also a call for each of us to use spiritual discernment to determine what is edifying to our spirits and what is meant to slowly tear us down.’
    It doesn’t happen all at once, that would be too noticeable. Your sister in Christ…

  • Aashia

    I have the same concerns. I love E. Badu I listen to her but the chanting disturbes my spirit. My brother has the same issues. She does some unknown things. She has a strong infleunce look at her relationships with men and how they character changes. I know how to rightly divide so therefore i don’t let it get to me.

  • SICK

    So, let me get this straight, because the “chant” sounds like African bushmen, it is unsettling to your spirit? Are you serious? Maybe we should make it some chants from Ireland or England…would that make you more comfortable and feel less “unsettled”????? I am so SICK of how things that are appear to be rooted in African culture are always looked at as sinister….what about Paganism that is going in Europe right now? Do you object to that to or it is just the religions of the “other”…Reading this thread is SICKENING!

  • http://horrordvds.co.cc jcollins89

    She’s just doing what any money grubbing pop star does. If you can’t convince them to buy your album with logic dazzle them with bullshit.

  • Frustrated Reader!

    In the part that you first referred to (“Humdililah, Allah etc.), I believe one of the many reasons she is saying that is because hip-hop, or music as a whole, reaches far more people than religion. There are so many different religions in this world. Religions keep us separated as a people and therefore, prevent us from realizing what is true and what is important. She’s not speaking about Christianity specifically because contrary to popular belief, Christianity is NOT the only religion in the world. That is why many people refer to themselves as being spiritual beings rather than religious beings. Religion separates us. Yes I believe there is a God/Creator etc., but indentifying with a specific religion only separates us more and prevents us from realizing that in all of our separateness (is that a word? ) many of us believe in the same principles. So what could the purpose of religion be other than to keep us from uniting?
    In regards to what you referred to as “unknown chanting” that “wasn’t of God” — well I don’t know how else to put this — that was a pretty ignorant statement. I’m sorry. I’m going to have to agree with SICK. That statement only confirms that we (Americans/Christians/Western Society) are afraid of everything that we don’t understand. So what if it is Mdw Ntchr or dialect of the African Bushmen. Listen to yourself. Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t make it wrong, evil, or as you said not “of God.” Wake up. Ignorance is detrimental to our society.

  • ANNOYED

    I agree in part with SICK…so are we going to make sure we use our discernment with the pagan practices of worshiping the tree at Christmas time or having our children collect “Easter” eggs. Or how about the fact that we celebrate the birthday of a Pagan god rather than the one we truly believe in? I believe in feeding our spirits the proper foods, but let’s make sure we’re doing it across the board people…

  • Assata

    I feel you sista because when i first heard i felt the same way until i did a lil research. Here’s the translation of what was being said
    Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru.
    The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say.
    Then the second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu.
    It means I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.”

  • Real Muslim Insha’Allah

    …In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful. May salutations and peace be upon His Last and Final Messenger and Prophet Muhammad son of ‘Abdullah. I bear witness that there is no diety worthy of worship but Allah (GOD) ALONE and the Muhammad is His slave and Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). Verily the best speech is the Speech of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). Whomever Allah guides no one can misguide and whomsoever Allah misguides no one can guide him….
    Amma ba’ad
    People it most be pointed out that so-called Nation of Islam and the Nation of Gods and Earths (i.e. Five Percenters) are not a religion. It is understanding that you had uneasiness while listening to Erykahs new album….Back when I listened to music…she was one of my top favorites until years later including with the album newAmerykah I started putting things together…so of which you mentioned. (i.e being created in “His” image etc…). The core 5 percent belief is that God the Creator of the Worlds (Allah in the Arabic language) came as a man named Clarence 13X or “Father Allah” and also that we (people) are all GODS or that God is in all of us! (Allah protect us)…Don’t though be opposed to using the name Allah for God as even Arabic Christians and Jews call The Creator of the Worlds ALLAH meaning GOD and The Last Messenger came from Mecca and spoke what he was revealed and therefore all Muslims around the world call The Creator The Most High Allah as opposed to simply God, as no devine message came in the English language as it is today…Jesus (peace be upon him) spoke the sister language of Arabic which is Hebrew and Aramaic (a dialect of Hebrew) and as such his Lord was atleast something similar to Allah (i.e. Eloh, Elohim, Allahu). In any case…that song about Hip Hop being bigger than religion is blasphemous. We know that that Hip Hop has become a relgion (way of life) from the rap to the culture in speech, actions, clothing etc…. But why not people follow the culture, speech and actions of the great prophets from Moses, to Job, to Jonah, to Abraham and his sons, to Jesus son of Mary to Muhammad son of ‘Abdullah (peace and blessings be upon them)? The answer is simple…either they do not know, or they prefer their vain actions and desires of that of The Creator! People understand that even though people use Religion as a dividing factor…fact is it IS a uniting factor…Have you not studied al-Islam? With its establishment people lived together in peace and harmony both Muslim, Jew, and Christian alike…They were united under the just laws of Islam no one forced to be divided or to accept one religion over the other. Religion simply means a Way of Life and as we call it a “DEEN”…it is a Way that either leads to Paradise or Eternal Hell-Fire and there is only one way as there is only ONE Creator of the Alamin (jinn and men and everything that exist). If one has never heared the message of Islam (peaceful submission to the Will of The Creator) but lives with belief in Him and is righteous then on him shall be no fear nor shall he or she grieve…but many people (mainly the ones in power) in such organizations as the Nation of Islam, The 5 percent Nation of Islam, the Catholic Church, The Budhist Temple, The so-called annointed body of the Bible and Tract Society (i.e. Jehovah’s Witnesses) generally know or have the resources to learn about the worlds religions and about Al-Islam. And the Creator says, interpretation of meaning: “Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. S. 2:62
    this does not include those who believe that Allah is a person or that we are all Allah, that’s not correct belief…as she and others with her belief are not Jews or Christians that believe in Allah as Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them both) have described for us in the Gospel and Torah. And the above verse does not contradict the statement that (translation of meaning):
    “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (Submission to Allah), Never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost.”(Qur’an 3:85)
    My brothers and sisters in the human families…of course their are many “religions” not including the “religion of hip-hop etc…but they can be narrowed down to 3…yes 3…Judaism, Christianity, and Islam…now from those three, for those who reflect and study, the choose as to that which is truthful and correct will be obvious. Or do they not believe that The Glorious Creator of the Heavens and the Earth will leave EVERYONE astray? NAY! But He has sent to every nation a Book and Messenger bringing clear guidance and a Final Revelation, The Recitation (i.e. The Qur’an) that we all my be guided.
    And He says, interpretation of meaning:
    “This day have I perfected for you your religion and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion.”
    — Qur’an 5:3 and
    “The Religion in the sight of Allah is Islam.” (Qur’an 3:19) not the religion (WAY OF LIFE) of doing things YOUR way. Dear people don’t we see that many people who claim to be simply spiritually connected are taking themselves as Gods? They believe that everything they have achieved is from his or her own hands. Many are confused as to the purpose in life. Many are in dispair and think they have been left in this world alone like an orphan dropped off at someones doorstep. Rightfully so many people stray from the practises of Judiasm, and Christianity because therein lies no ULTIMATE answers…but when knowledge of the Deen of Al-Islam…not Nation of Gods and Earths, Not Moorish Science…and not Nation of Islam (the group that Malcolm X belonged to before reversion to Islam prior to his asassination)…let them accept pure Islam pure Submission pure peace, that they may attain success in this life and the next. Black PRIDE does not get you into Jannah (Paradise)…Belief that Hip-hop is bigger and better that religion will not help us…worshiping the Buddha will not get us to salvation…worshipping Mary or Jesus (peace be upon them) has no benefit…”Say: He is Allah (God) The One the Only, Allah the Absolute The Eternal, He begetts not nor is He begotten, and there is NOTHING Comparable to Him” [CH: 112] All that I have named leads not to Jannah but to Jahannam (Hell-Fire) if people persist in such actions and deny and cover up the Relgion that The Creator has chosen for His creation. Let the people believe and celebrate the praises of GOD (ALLAH) ALONE…give no portion of devinity or worship to Jesus (peace be upon him) as he distains not to be a slave of Allah. Give no portion to a man they call Clarence 13X or Master Fard Muhammad. Give no portion to Maryam (peace be upon here) as she distains not to be a slave of Allah. Give no portion to the Buddha or the Cow or the graves, or those who have passed away of our loved ones who you believe watches over you or is now an angel… NAY! and give no portion to any angel (peace be upon them) and give no portion to yourself or to your job or to another person or to money or to Masonry or to the fraternity…Is it that you take the Shaitain (Iblees the Devil) as your god??? Be not slaves to that which I listed and be not worshipers to that which I have listed for all of that is SHIRK and SHIRK is an unforgivable sin…so if the people believe in Allah (GOD) let them study Islam even if it be a simple pamphlet. May we all be guided to a Way that is straight. AMEEN.
    Thanks for letting me share.

  • Real Muslim Insha’Allah

    please forgive me above gramatical errors

  • Angela

    I found a translation(I hope it’s accurate)
    http://www.assatashakur.org/forum/conscious-music-artists-news-views/33179-twinkle-erykah-badu-new-amerykah.html
    The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.”

  • lindsay

    if you were just smart and didn’t believe in god, you wouldn’t have a problem with this album. this album is better than the mere idea of god

  • elijah

    salaam alaykum,
    i find the lyrics on “the healer” to be most refreshing. when i first heard it, i had to hold back tears because finally an artist expressed how i, as a muslim, relate to God’s signs to us. the institutions we have built up are the worst kind of blasphemy. we call them religions, churches, mosques…but christians worship a man who taught them how to worship muslims worship islam, and jews worship themselves. in short all 3 traditions are created by men, not God, and i think the artist hit the nail on the head. The universal religion, God’s religion, is the one that unifies one people under the same One God, regardless of what they call themselves or what they call Him. It doesn’t try to convert, it guides, and directs. Despite what most muslims and christians believe, the messengers of God NEVER tried get people to join their little club. They NEVER tried to convert people to a religion, and they NEVER created a religion. They reminded peopled of what their souls already knew. And that is what soulful music does. If you can’t hear the glorification of God through music, how will you ever hear it in the pebbles in Muhammad’s precious hand? How will you ever hear the angels ceaselessly praising their Lord in the highest heavens?
    As for the “strange language” on twinkle…it’s an african language, which one i’m not sure. but don’t get weirded out just because you don’t understand the words. For real, that’s just plain xenophobic ignorance. Yeah, the music in the background is kind of eerie, but damn, she ain’t speaking in tongues like a retard!

  • Lorilitebrite

    Erykah is expressing HER view…she isn’t telling anyone to do anything negative through her art! Freedom of expression through art is what we are all entitled to. Her expression is one that I find to be magnificent! READ! RESEARCH! LOVE WHO YOU ARE! HAVE PRIDE IN WHERE WE COME FROM! We don’t have to conform to the majority to be accepted! Erykah exemplifies this to me!

  • http://exministries.com/main.html Spencer

    you should check out G. Craig Lewis and his website exmnistries.com. Very enlightening. You will never view music the same… secular, gospel or otherwise.

  • Jay

    No christian should be listening to this false religious music in the first place especially if you know that even satan has made himself like an angel of light and SO ARE HIS MINISTERS. Christians come out of the secular songs they are not worsipping GOD (Jesus) nor lead you to be more like HIM so who is the worship to? She has an ANKH on her album and is a known 5%, you guys have got to stick with your bible, the whole world is under the sway of the evil one. Wake up people of Jesus Christ.GOOD comment SPENCER, you are correct.

  • mella

    Here is the whole text and the
    translation of what is being said
    by Amen Khum Ra on the song
    “Twinkle”:
    “The words of my chant on
    Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun
    Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu,
    Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat
    Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr
    Anuk Kherrru. The translation is:
    We the brightest light, born from
    the deepest black, children of the
    Divine Mother Father, true right
    and exact, open the way shining
    ones, open the way, listen to
    these Divine words I say. The
    second chant that fades out
    says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb
    Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat
    Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which
    means: I am the infinite
    blackness, the infinite brightness,
    the All Awareness, forever
    establishing the field of truth
    and reeds, through unifying the
    two Worlds.”

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  • Ania – Maat

    It is people like you and your friend that will never allow us nubian people to rise from mental slavery. We are africans. We are not europeans. We were kidnapped, raped and enslaved just a few years ago. Prior to this we were kings and Queens ruling Ancient Kemit (africa.
    You are under a spell which is Christianity. I use to be there before the Creator enlightened me with the blessing that there is so much more to learn about her. Yes I said her – shr is both male and female- Alpha and Omega. She is not a white man with blond hair and blue eyes as your Christian doctrine dictates. I love you badu, you inspire me so much. I am your spiritual sister and will always be wth you. Keep rocking girl!
    One love – Blessing from the Most High.x

  • ThisIshRightHereNinja

    Research, folks. A simple internet search yielded the following:
    Here is the whole text and the translation of what is being said by Amen Khum Ra on the song “Twinkle”:
    “The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.”

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  • Kya

    @Ania Which Christian doctrine dictates that Jesus is a white man with blond hair and blue eyes?

  • nuno

    Been a Christian now for almost 4 months, the music that i worshiped was music like madlib, badu, dilla…. and many others,after my conversion, decided to give up all of that music, and after i turned to Christianity, everything was clear and obvious, i knew that i OBVIOUSLY HAD TO GIVE UP THAT music… and now i’ve never been happier not only for leaving all off that behind but for acknowledging that God is always with, me and also was my best friend, not MUSIC. I also was being deceived by this lies of the world, temptation is everywhere let’s just pray for the shield of God, and also pray for this artists.
    “Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompense.” Job 15:31
    p.s: would love to chat with you, exchange some ideas…, God bless! :)

  • C.MARIE

    @ania it doesnt say anywhere in the Bible that God was white with blond hair and blue eyes. he was from Galilee so seeing as white persons are wayy farther north ie. germany sweeden places like that, and the people from Israel and that area are sorta tan like the people who live there now (aka middle easterners) he probally looked like them… read the Bible and then google what people from Israel look like

  • STYLEmaster

    your spirit curled up cause it hasn’t heard its native tongue in so long it seemed foreign. the major religons got their swagger from khemet.
    the matrix has you baby girl. that prayer was a wake up call.
    funny how we fear our own culture and embrace the culture that oppresses us. similar to perming hair.
    shem hotep.
    (peace)

  • http://www.assatashakur.org/forum/conscious-music-artists-news-views/33179-twinkle-erykah-badu-new-amerykah.html Nameless

    “Here is the whole text and the translation of what is being said by Amen Khum Ra on the song “Twinkle”:
    “The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.”
    From :
    http://www.assatashakur.org/forum/conscious-music-artists-news-views/33179-twinkle-erykah-badu-new-amerykah.html
    There is a lengthy discussion of this song and the chanting here

  • Nameless

    Which is a reference to the 5% nation, a hardcore, wacko (imo) afro-centrist idea best explained by a wiki extract
    “From wiki:
    “In the black nationalist movement, the Nation of Islam, (which differs considerably from other, traditional forms of Islam) Jacob’s name is spelled Yakub. Instead of being seen as the father of the twelve tribes of Israel he is presented as an evil scientist who created the white race by genetic experimentation on an isolated group of the original black peoples of the world, conducted on the island of Patmos. Breeding this white race took six hundred years. Yakub’s progeny are destined by God to be the ruling race of the world for an allotted period of six thousand years, before the original black race regains dominance, a process that is supposed to have begun in 1914. Originating with Wallace Fard Muhammad, The prophet of the Nation of Islam, the sources of this theory have yet to be fully traced. The teachings of the Nation of Islam are regarded by mainstream Islam as blasphemy.”

  • God’s Child

    Are you seriously worried about spiritual corruption? Sounds like you lack conviction in your beliefs, if you’re afraid of being “harmed” or “confused” by a song, movie, or anyone/anything that doesn’t believe what you believe, than it seems to me your belief in God is pretty weak. If you have conviction in your beliefs and values, it doesn’t make a difference what another’s language, religion, context or content is expressed, because your beliefs and values should be fixed and static, not malleable. If you’re afraid that God might question you’re love or loyalty to him, than you really don’t know God at all. He knows what’s in your heart, God doesn’t assume, he knows. He knows your intention, loyalty and love, even if you listen to Erykah Badu. But, if you feel a song might cast doubt, bring harm, or confusion by all means, maybe you should stay away from secular media and spend more time gaining some spiritual conviction. And once you have that, maybe you can listen to Erykah again, without worry of being influenced or swayed. Good luck and God Bless.

  • Emony

    This is the most moronic article I have read in such a long time – typical, judging, uneducated Christian – that is why I left the church and have my own personal relationship with God. Church is ofter worse than the world people.

  • Lisa

    To God’s Child,
    It definitely doesn’t have anything to do with your relationship with God being weak, it depends on being selective and careful of what you feed your spirit. We are still human and the devil works in mysterious ways and being that he was a musician himself, he can definitely work through lyrics and chants that we may sing not knowing the true meaning of it… If the Devil tried to tempt Jesus, what makes you think we’re off the hook??? As being a Christian, it should be something different about you and what you feed your spirit.. Its not judging Erykah Badu, its just keeping it real,to each its own and everyone doesn’t believe in the same thing,but no song or artist is worth going to hell for!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment xavier

    You didn’t listen well to the first album….”if we were made in his image then call US by our name….but they fear US just the same” She’s saying Man is God and that the concept of God made by man is a myth.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment liz

    Erykah is involved with the 5 percenters. A very influential group within hip hop. The song, “healer” is a spell cast to influence the young, uninitiated masses into political action through hip hop. Badu is a master spell caster. She can forsee the political shitstorm to come in the following years, and this is her casting her dice.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment DJG

    wooowww thanks i was always confused to listen or not erykah usic i love what she doing so much and we answer it all for me thanks this was not for nothing God bless you truly and sincerely xoxo

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Darrah

    I just found this article. I know that it was written a few years ago but it really bothered me. I respect everyone’s right to voice their ideas and opinions, but I am a tad upset at the way in which the Ancient Egyptian words seemed to bother you when you wrote this piece. This language was the demarcation for ALL languages. If you are African American or a descendant of the Diaspora, these people were your people and their advanced, highly skilled language (that bothered you so much) was the language that sparked many technological advancements and was copied by all other cultures. This civilization pre-dates Man-made religions and force-fed ideas. Badu’s music may not be for everyone, but she is creating albums that are on a conscious level. There is nothing blasphemous about the lyrics of The Healer. If anything, people need to remember that Jesus was Jewish, and that Christianity was created by men after he died. Blasphemy is another term created to divide and make people feel that they cannot express themselves without fear for being persecuted for their individuality.

    No disrespect intended, this was just my natural reaction to what I read. Take care.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kes Shem Ra

    There are many of us who are not Christian. As our belief enter the public domain, we should expect Christians, Muslims, Hebrews etc to raise objection. The confusion, as I see it, and as I have been taught is to try to associate all the deities with each other. Allah is not Yahweh, and neither of them is Ausar. The words of power that will bring the planet into Maat, are not relative. They are specific. Ms. Badu is trying to reach her wide audience. Those of us who worship the creator from within our ancestral tradition have an entirely different focus. So, when Christians here our chant and say, “it is not of God.” I would agree. This is not a chant designed to empower the Judeo-Christian Anglo-Saxon Germanic “God.” It is Meter Neter. To the poster I say, “walk away in peace.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Anthony

    I am very confused at this posting. I read it in the hopes that I would gain insight to someone who is firm in their faith but yet struggles with being interested in the spiritual artistic expression of a celebrated artist. That’s not what I learned here. What I read was someone who by the end of the article still hadn’t taken the time to learn anything about what Eryka Badu’s belief’s or expressed beliefs through her music to be able to form and informed, educated opinion pass judgment on something she doesn’t know anything about. The pillar of the Christian faith is understanding and acceptance for all, that will not be accomplished through passing hasty judgment everytime you hear something, “leading of the spirit (meaning the Holy Spirit).” How do you warn against something you’re unsure about? How do you definitivley say something is wrong or impure when you don’t understand it in the first place. Passing judgment is a sin according to the Holy Spirit as well. Food for thought.

  • http://vimeo.com/13726978 Kel

    you missed the entire point, she was not saluting the soldiers, the 85 percent are the masses, the 10 percent are our governments, banks, corporations, politcians, families of power, media outlets

    to the boys in iraqi fields this aint no time to kill

    this is a trumped up war, to gain a natural resource, create money, degrade a religion and create a new race to opress, these people are being terroriesd

    you had your chance to wake up but you labelled it as witch music, here’s your second chance, red pill or blue pill neo

  • http://wakeupwokeup Zeyeon

    wake up and watch the zeitgeist movie 2007, research the laws about the income tax of america, http://www.libertyforlife.com/banking/federal_reserve_bank.html

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment 3cleareye

    ‘Many of these Afrocentric religions such as Rastafarianism, Hip-Hop, the Nation of Islam, and the church of Hager stress black pride, cosnciousness, and higher learning. However the word of God states in Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your OWN understandng.” The word of God also says in another scrioture that we should not be attached to the things of this world. That includes black pride. One thing that many of these leaders of these types of organizations do not understand is that in Christ we have freedom. We don’t need to be “enlightened” or seek freedom through consciousness and higher learning because christ alread did that for us.’

    ummmmm im sorry, what? please re-read what you wrote, and if you don’t get how bad those words were then punch yourself in the face

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nae

    “Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, sekhet maat anru em Smai Tawiu.”

    Amen Khum Ra

    Translation: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pan

    The translation is:

    We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say.

    I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.

  • http://GoodArticle(hopefullythishelps) Bonita Brave

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIgOMBWSrTQ

    It’s Egyptian..please look this link up on You Tube or search you tube for Twinkle translation…you’ll find your answer there :)( Good Article)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kes Shem Ra

    I just listened to the song, and I can honestly say that I do not like it. But, my dislike for it has nothing to do with the “message” in the song. I just do not like a lot of music I hear. With that being said, I too am very careful with what I allow into my spirit. A poster stated that Kevin Thornton from the group “Color Me Bad” got saved after “he visited a Christian nightclub event. It was Halloween and local youth minister G Craige Lewis was preaching on the music industry.” Now, I have been invited to church and have gone on many occasions, but If I enter any church and I see that they celebrate “Halloween,” I will respectfully leave. I stay away from St. Patrick’s day, especially the Leprechauns, four leaf clovers etc; I stay away from flying reindeer, decorated fir trees in my house, gluttony, commercial extravagance, and drunkeness during the month of December, and especially fat men in red and white suits; I also stay away from mistletoe, Easter bunnies, Easter eggs,and Easter rabbits etc. I understand that I must be especially mindful on Thor’s day (Thursday) and Woden’s day (Wednesday) because these spirits are given energy on these days by the entire English speaking world. So, I understand the original poster point; however, I think she should seek to purify her own religion, making sure that the manifestation of modern day Christianity is also free of “occult” practices. To end, I will say that Ms. Babu has always been very clear about her beliefs, at least I have always understood where her philosophy comes from, that people are just now realizing why she wears the Anhk, has to do with the lack of knowledge of Ancient African culture in our society.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Khairi

    English, being a low vibratory language, has rendered many people spiritually impotent. Naturally, we(particularly melaninated people) receive data through frequencies(Melanin being a semi-conductor picks up a wider range of frequencies more intensely) The powerful harmonics of the mdw ntr are indeed what caused a feeling in the OP’s spirit, however, if time was taken to examine this feeling and engage in the study of self, the fear and uneasiness would have been revealed as infantile. Do not fear the light. Do not fear yourself.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Believer

    I agree with this blog post…I don’t know why we are arguing…non-believers will never understand..the spirit of God within us will let us know when something is off…you can be connected to your African roots and not embrace divination…all knowledge comes from God….someday the world will understand….In Jesus’ name Amen

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ProBlackQueen

    I felt the opposite. The chant touched my heart. Blogger and poster above me I hurt for you. You are exactly who she’s referring to. We as a people don’t know ourselves anymore! Not in any shape or form and we don’t care to.
    Erykah believes in God just not the evil sadistic prick portrayed in The Bible particularly the Old Testament. I feel myself starting to go on a tangent so I’ll leave you with this EDUCATE YOURSELVES! Do not wait on the majority(white people) to do it for you! It will never happen and you will be forever lost.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ProBlackQueen

    All of you questioning her beliefs because of that hip hop is bigger than religion statement please watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZi1nfEcUy8&feature=related

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Gold

    Never allow fear to cloud your judgement on ANY matter.

    Which is greater your God or the music?

    If you do not know what a particular language is then I suggest you find out the translation first & then make a rational decision on whether it is for you or not.
    It is not wise to leave that soley down to a feeling of dread or discomfort.
    Moreover it could be a personal matter something in your life or past that did not sit well with you.
    Eriku badu’s music will be an expression of herself, as with every musical artist.

    I would suggest this is probably you voicing what should be a personal opinion.
    Mastering to overcome the urge to speak before we have all the facts and have collated much intel is a skill not easily aquired.

    T.K.O.G Scholar

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment enlightened one

    Beloved…. oh beloved…. The gentleman chanting name is Amen Khum Ra… and he is a Smai Tawist… What is is chanting is of God the mother and the father the creator… What he is chanting is the most high in its form… Instutionalized religion has you brain stained beloved we have a legacy that dates back 4 to 5000 years of our people chanting these wonderful words… I read waht you said and was deeply disturbed… Our people our coming back… our true nature is coming back in its since… This was ordained we have been sleeping for way too long… Your post shows that its dangerous to awaken our children when they are yet not ready… Read about some of the things I expressed and enlighten yourself and begin to do your true spritual work….

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIgOMBWSrTQ lindsay

    umm. i think this video kinda explains the chanting in the song. it is slowed down and interpreted as Medu Neter. i am not crazy about Badu since somthing about her seems a little off to myself as well. anyways enjoy. and tell me what you think.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/venomtheonly1 Venom

    We as a people are afraid of that in which we don’t understand. I find it sad to believe, however history proves this to be true- CHRISTIANS have been the most finger pointing, judgmental CULT since the beginning of time. (Not to mention the fact that they stole their symbolism(s) and practices from PAGANS! To add insult to injury, I think back to all of the women that we lost due to being accused of practicing witchcraft, being a witch, warlock. Jesus himself was accused of being a warlock. Ironic isn’t it. “Those good ole church folk”

    You are on this site, blasting Erykah Badu as if her belief is WRONG and yours is Right.
    I will first explain to you as she and I are one of the same! She is in tune with her spirit and her inner woman. She had to do this first in order to become the person she is today.

    She is aware and knowledgeable of TRUE HISTORY of us as a people. Instead of you seeking knowledge and feeding your spirit wit h real spiritual food and not the food disbursed to you by “THEM” as your ancestors did- you accepted it kindly and graciously.

    I am not sure of what spirit you have within you and I am not aware of what your belief is, however I will say this, if your belief isn’t from studying, and knowledge then it isn’t a belief, it’s a habit. You have been brainwashed and are spiritually stagnant, while being historically blinded, and sociologically conditioned.

    Erykah links the government with religion as it is man made, controlled, and false. It is also the reason why it’s noted as separation of church and state.

    Since you are beginner at head start level, proven by posting such horrendous, bogus detail on the internet, exposing ignorance to the world, I will help you and lead you to the water, yet I can not make you drink of it. Research it- if you are too lazy to do that as I doubt, as you weren’t too lazy to post something you know NOTHING about and have the odesity to blame ignorance on God and the Holy Spirit, I will volunteer to also provide you with reading information and video information as you are ONLY relying on the Bible, one of which was TRANSLATED by King James, A Gay man.

    Kemetics is a great place to attempt your learning. Also, I recommend that you watch Hidden Colors. Also, research our hidden history being stored within the Vatican!

    If we knew the truth about who you are and from whence you came, your views would change and perhaps you could come out from inside that little box you are trapped in.
    Christianity was stolen from Paganism
    Horus existed before Jesus and has the SAME story as Jesus, and he wasn’t Caucasian just as Jesus wasn’t!

    All Holidays including CHRISTMAS was derived from MAN, Paganism and Heathens.
    Jesus wasn’t born in December. Try determining where astrology and the calander originate from.

    Also Thanksgiving was a named holiday by George Washington and Abraham Lincoln- the purpose was to have a great feast celebrating the MANY Indian families they slay, killed, murdered,stole from, rapped, and enslaved. Bet you cook a right nice fat turkey on thanksgiving don’t you and most likely enjoy SWINE (pork) right along with it, and then you have the nerve to use the term blasphemous. Try using the word “Slave mentality!”

    Anything that has to do with Blackness is labeled as evil, yet anything to do with White is accepted as pure! We as a people are
    warriors! Our ancestors worshiped and practiced what we are supposed to be practicing before it was stolen, changed, lied about and converted into evil. Erykah is aware of this, as am I! People as yourself are the reason history was never reversed, yet people as yourself are the ones who do nothing but sit back and complain regarding oppression- just sitting back waiting on Jesus, I suppose. How ironic!

    Start studying to find yourself so that you refrain from disrespecting yourself as you have done by disrespecting Erykah, history, culture and spirit. ALSO There is a difference in religion and spirituality.

    Blessings and Peace Unto you. May you find the light- The TRUTHFUL one! Selah…

    Peace, Venom

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Zion

    You’re ignorant. That is all.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Led

    He’s naming Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddess
    There’s nothing to fear
    The language is khematic ( which Is the term referring to ancient Egypt the land of khemit)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Truth

    “There was something inherently strange about the unknown chanting that I didn’t believe was edifying to my spirit.
    I was certain that it wasn’t of God, because every time I played it, my spirit was unsettled and disturbed.”

    I believe what we say, do, write reflects the inner workings of our heart. There are more I’s in your statement than “God,” who you do not speak for. You just displayed the same religious thought that has been used in times of oppression. (i.e I’m sure missionaries found chanting or languages of foreign/strange enslaved peoples unedifying, wrong, and disturbing to their ignorant spirits as well.)

    Please do not spread your slender view, spirit of oppression, and condemnation around like a virus. You do not speak for all Christians. In fact you offended this one. Peace.

  • http://WWW.EVEHARLOWE.COM Eve Harlowe

    Fear mongering… everything thing that is unfamiliar ,is not of the Devil.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Neo

    If that chant is ancient Egyptian/Kemetic, it is interesting to know what is being said. But Kemetics was really restricted to mainly one portion on the continent of Africa There were many other cultures then and before the Egyptian reign. Blacks have a far deeper origin we have long been separated from. Blacks are definitely of the origian Israelites. I can understand not being comfortable with something ‘spiritually unclear’, as you do not want to deal with things that the Father has warned against.
    I have always like Ms. Badu’s talent, but have had a question mark for her spiritual direction.
    Just because someone makes great points and nice music, does not mean you should ignore your responsibility to be aware of what music and energies you are introducing yourself to.
    Music is a very, very powerful element that we are engineered in a way in which we cannot ignore it. It can, and has been used for wickedness and good.
    Spiritual warfare is very, very serious. If you can clap and praise and shout for Ms. Badu’s talent, you can be held accountable for what you choose to listen to.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ACEE

    Hey sister, I’ve always found myself to be an Erykah Enthusiast, considering I’m first a spiritualist, being led by the Holy Spirit in my ministration as a soul singer. Unfortunately, I’ve never heard this album, and now I know why. God protects us from alot of unseen dangers. Some people try drugs and lose their minds, others, nothing seems to happen; not even a buzz. That’s because, in the words of Kurt Carr, God blocked it. On her album Erykah Badu 2010, I’m not sure if that’s the name of the album, but there’s a track that contains some strange utterings, I’m sure that are aligned with your description above. The enemy comes to sift us. Blessings, and thank you for the post!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Akil Gannesh Nuru

    Ha! YHVH rained plagues on Kemet. Their sciences were not enough to saver three lives of their first born. Erykah is operating in something. All of her exes were “normal” before she entranced them. Andre and Common became straight weirdos after her and Jay Electronica id now an illuminati heiress. She’s a fruit. Instead of accepting random seed into her womb and trying to intermingle God and religion with music and politics she should focus on either making good music or staying in one single committed relationship. She is the blackwhore of the Babylonian music industry. She needs to keep her legs closed before sheer can begin open her mouth. All this talk about ancient religions. Why didn’t these gods save you from slavery, whiter people and famine? Laughable losers thinking Erykah is some sort of spiritual authority need to go back to Africa.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Kia C.

    Amen Khum Ra spoke these words… Translation: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.

  • http://Iagree Pastor Dez

    I felt the same demonic spirits on some of her music. Tonight, I laid down and played pandora and when her song came on there was a weirdness I felt in my chest and I began to research. All in all I have removed her from my library, to those who do not understand the operation of the Holy Ghost oh well. As others feel they are enlightened I have learned are the ones in most darkness. Keep teaching, preaching and reaching, maybe you and I are the true 5% ya dig! Grace and peace believer.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment shelby

    The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nectar

    You are so ignorant your just afraid of things you don’t know about you need to learn how to research and stop letting fear be your religeon it was kemtic and beautiful ancient cultural Erykah badu has always pay homage to our ansestores

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment So made

    This article is so well written! I had that exact same experience , no more for me either !

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment RaeShelle Del Valle

    I googled and this is what I found: The words of my chant on Erykah Badu’s song Twinkle: Aun Au Khu Mes Tahamu Khemu, Mesu Ntrrr Mut Tef Maatu, Apuat Khu Apuat, Smet Apu Mtu Ntrrr Anuk Kherrru. The translation is: We the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the Divine Mother Father, true right and exact, open the way shining ones, open the way, listen to these Divine words I say. The second chant that fades out says: Nuk Khumiu Khu Khu, Neb Heru Djeddjedu, Sekhet Maat Anru em Smai Tawiu. Which means: I am the infinite blackness, the infinite brightness, the All Awareness, forever establishing the field of truth and reeds, through unifying the two Worlds.”

    It is ignorant to assume. You make an ASS out of U and ME. ;)

  • http://Authorofconfusion Victorious One

    What a dangerous post. It’s too easy to stumble upon this page. It is an author of confusion. It hurts my heart to see the damage this causes regarding people’s prejudices and irrational fears. Why, after having received all this new information, does this page and all of its ignorance still exist? Extremely disappointed in this.

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    Wow, marvelous blog structure! How long have you ever been running a
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  • Amanthasay

    Think I like her even more now ;-)

  • khadesh

    It is Amen Khum Ra chanting at the end of this song. It is a kemitic language being used. On his myspace he translates what he is saying as:

    we the brightest light, born from the deepest black, children of the divine Mother Father, true right and exact. Open the way shining ones. Open the way. Listen to those divine words I say.

    There is also a final chant when the song fades which he translates as:

    I am the blackness, the infinite brightness, the all awareness. Forever establishing the field of truth and reeds through unifying the two worlds.

  • ray stanley

    #1 saying something is bigger than religion is not blasphemous….she didn’t say it was bigger than god…..#2 in Twinkle, the “they” she speaks about is US, black people…..”they don’t know their language, and they don’t know their god. They take what they’re given even when it feels odd. They say their grandfathers & grandmothers worked hard for nothing, cuz we still in this ghetto. So they end up in prison, they end up in blood” I mean, it’s pretty obvious to me if you LISTEN, which you clearly didn’t because the “Holy Spirit” or whatever told you not to. It’s also ironic that you’d automatically assume the foreign language was something evil or satanic since the song is about us displaced black folks running around adopting all these European ways & problematic religions forced on us during colonization/slavery. The language is from Ancient Kemet. If you study your history, you’d understand the importance of Kemet. There’s all types of pictures drawn on pyramid walls that have been there for centuriesssss. Way before the Bible was written and a lot of the stories were taken from those walls and turned into the stories of the Bible. I urge you to research before you turn your nose up at something. Assuming makes an ass out of us all. Peace & love

  • Fugitive Daughter

    Isn’t it time to Break from your SlaveMaster?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLwUA3CHumk

  • Hata H. Zappah

    Dear nsymmonds: I want you to lean in real close to your screen while I tell you a secret about your viewpoint. Ready? Okay, here goes: YOUR VIEWPOINT IS EXTREMELY DUMB!!! Did you get that loud and clear? I’ll repeat it again, just in case and because I feel like it. YOUR VIEWPOINT IS EXTREMELY DUMB!!! Literally nothing more than parochial peddling. You really should understand what your reviewing before you review it. I don’t have time to school someone so ignorant that they would pick out this one line and use it as a lead-off to bash what is otherwise a inspiring, dynamic album.

  • josh skinner

    You take a stand on anything or offer an opposing view, you are going to get haters. Good post. I am not sure how much I agree with it all but you offer some good points to get folks thinking.

  • disqus_qLJ9CZDyQG

    Perhaps your spirit curled up within you because this song expresses the deep and ancient pain of estrangement from God, ourselves, and language, particularly as it is framed within the experience of black people in America. The song offers a word of judgement as well as of encouragement to the downtrodden people. This is the task of prophecy in any age. Perhaps the people of God need to be confused because they are confused and lack an awareness of that confusion.

    You, as a Christian, will recall that the confusion of languages is an act of divine grace that stems the imperious imposition of a civilization built on the violent subjugation of peoples. A civilization that valued the construction of monstrously big temples over human life. The idea that you must understand, and be in control, of the meaning of all language is itself a kind of hubris; an unhealthy pride. The spirit of fear is a spirit bourne of pride, and should not be confused with the spirit of God, which is a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. If the music discomforts you, should you not question the deep divisions present in your mind? Why should unfamiliar sounds cause you mental distress? Do you really believe, as a Christian, that the word of God is as familiar as your own thought? That what you can’t understand is simply beyond the pale?

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