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Karriem Riggins Speaks On The 10-Year Anniversary Of Erykah Badu’s ‘New Amerykah Part One’ Album

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Karriem Riggins has quite the notable career having worked with J Dilla, Kanye West, Kaytranada, Earl Sweatshirt, Talib Kweli, and others.

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In a soon-to-be-released interview with Okayplayer centered around his August Greene supergroup with Common and Robert Glasper, Riggins also spoke on working with Erykah Badu, specifically producing the track “Soldier” on her album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), which turns 10 today.

“Creating that record was great,” Riggins said. “For the ‘Soldier’ song — a lot of those beats, it was a trip because that was around the time where everybody was on iChat. iChat was like the thing to do. And I would send Erykah beats through iChat all day like ‘Check this one out. Check this one out.'”

“And I sent that beat and that’s what resonated with her, and she immediately said ‘I’ll be in LA, let’s do that song,'” Riggins continued. “That is a classic record.”

Riggins also called Badu a “classic artist,” adding: “I consider her one of the greatest artists of our time. A lot of the songs that she creates are here forever. She’s one of my favorite artists.”

The rest of our interview with Riggins, which includes the jazz musician discussing the forthcoming August Greene album and more, will be up this week.

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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