By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated January 29, 2010 at 11:55 PM EST

Some rather strange and fairly awesome footage just appeared on Erykah Badu’s official site, right around the 3:33 P.M. Pacific time she’d instructed her Twitter followers to keep their eyes peeled.

You’ll want to click over to ASAP, but for the impatient, a summary: First the number 3 rushes at the screen, three times. Then comes a rush of assorted photos. (I spotted Hitler, Badu’s boyfriend Jay Electronica, and Bill O’Reilly in there.) Next, a quick clip of President Obama’s State of the Union speech from earlier this week transitions into what appears to be Badu, or someone, giving a spirited puppet show with two adorable felt creatures slipped over her hands. Soon a funky drumbeat kicks in, and a psychedelic kaleidoscope/Rorschach test takes up the screen. The funky beat becomes a funky song, featuring the refrain “I know you want to/Jump up in the air and stay there.” (I do, Erykah, I do!) The kaleidoscope thing reveals itself to be a distorted image of Badu herself. A dizzy rap verse occurs courtesy of Lil Wayne. At last, the clip concludes with a message: “NEW AMERYKAH / PART TWO: RETURN OF THE ANKH / 3.30.2010 AD / (MAYBE).”

Leave it to Badu to promote her new album this way. Consulting the track list that her label recently sent out for the sequel to 2008’s excellent New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), the song in the clip would appear to be a Web-only bonus called “Jump in the Air,” featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal. It’s pretty sweet! Definitely stuck firmly in my head after one listen. Head to Badu’s site, check out the rest of the track list after the jump, then let us know if you’re anticipating New Amerykah Part Two as eagerly as I am.

New Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh):

1. “20 Feet Tall” (Produced by Erykah Badu and 9th Wonder)

2. “Window Seat” (Produced by Erykah Badu and James Poyser, featuring Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson (drums), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), James Poyser (keys), Kirsten Agnesta (harp))

3. “Agitation” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Shafiq Husayn of SA-RA Creative Partners)

4. “Get Money” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Karriem Riggins (drums), Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner (bass), James Poyser (keys), Tommy Trajlio (guitar), Mike “Chav” Chavarria (mooger fooger))

5. “Don’t Be Long” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Ta’Raach)

6. “Love” (Produced by Erykah Badu and J Dilla)

7. “Umm Hmm” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib)

8. “Fall in Love” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Karriem Riggins)

9. “Incense” (Instrumental) (Produced by Erykah Badu and Madlib featuring Kirsten Agnesta (harp))

10. “Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1) (Undercover Over-Lover)” (Produced by Erykah Badu featuring James Poyser (keys))

11. “Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)” (Produced by Erykah Badu and Georgia Ann Muldrow

Bonus Web-Only Track: “Jump In The Air,” featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal (Produced by Erykah Badu, RC Williams and Jahborn)

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