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Erykah Badu

She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu's languorous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter female R&B singers. A singer/songwriter responsible for all but one of the songs on Baduizm, she found a number 12 hit with her first single, "On & On," which pushed the album to number two on the charts.

Born Erica Wright in Dallas in 1971, Badu attended a school of the arts and was working as a teacher and part-time singer when she opened for D'Angelo at a 1994 show. D'Angelo's manager, Kedar Massenburg, was impressed with the performance and hooked her up with the singer to record a cover of the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet "Precious Love." He also signed Badu to his recently formed Kedar Entertainment label, and served as producer for Baduizm, which also starred bassist Ron Carter and members of hip-hop avatars the Roots on several tracks. The first single, "On & On," became a number one R&B hit in early 1997, and Baduizm followed it to the top of the R&B album charts by March. Opening for R&B acts as well as rap's Wu-Tang Clan, Erykah Badu stopped just short of number one on the pop album charts in April. Her Live album followed later in the year.

In 2000 she returned with her highly anticipated second studio album, Mama's Gun, which was co-produced by Badu, James Poyser, Bilal, and Jay Dee and contained the hit single "Bag Lady." Worldwide Underground, a loose affair billed as an EP despite being longer than many full-lengths, was released in 2003. Her next step, 2008's New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War, was a heavy and abstract release featuring collaborations with the members of Sa-Ra and Georgia Anne Muldrow; it reached number two on the Billboard 200 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh, looser and more playful than Pt. 1, followed in 2010. Appearances on Flying Lotus' Until the Quiet Comes (2011), Robert Glasper's Black Radio (2012), Tyler, The Creator's Wolf and Bonobo's The North Borders (both 2013), brought the artist to 2015, when she released the official mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone on the Motown label. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: But You Caint Use My Phone

1. Caint Use My Phone (Suite)

2. Hi

3. Cel U Lar Device

4. Phone Down

5. U Use To Call Me

6. Mr. Telephone Man

7. U Don’t Have To Call

8. Medley: What’s Yo Phone Number/Telephone (Ghost Of Screw Mix)

9. Dial’Afreaq

10. I'll Call U Back

11. Hello

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Track List: New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh

1. 20 Feet Tall

2. Window Seat

3. Agitation

4. Turn Me Away (Get Munny)

5. Gone Baby, Don't Be Long

6. Umm Hmm

7. Love

8. You Loving Me (Session)

9. Fall In Love (Your Funeral)

10. Incense

11. Out My Mind, Just In Time

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Track List: Window Seat (Radio Single)

1. Window Seat

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Track List: New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War

1. Amerykahn Promise

2. The Healer

3. Me

4. My People

5. Soldier

6. The Cell

7. Twinkle

8. Master Teacher

9. That Hump

10. Telephone

11. Honey

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Track List: Erykah Badu (Live)

1. Rimshot (Intro) (Live)

2. Otherside Of The Game (Live)

3. On & On (Live)

4. Reprise (Live)

5. Apple Tree (Live)

6. Ye Yo (Live)

7. Searching (Live)

8. Boogie Nights/All Night (Live)

9. Certainly (Live)

10. Stay (Live)

11. Next Lifetime (Interlude) (Live)

12. Tyrone (Live)

13. Next Lifetime (Live)

14. Tyrone (Extended Version) (Live)

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Track List: Worldwide Underground

1. World Keeps Turnin (Intro)

2. Bump It

3. Back In The Day

4. I Want You

5. Woo

6. The Grind (feat. Dead Prez)

7. Danger

8. Think Twice (feat. Roy Hargrove)

9. Love Of My Life

10. World Keeps Turnin' (Outro)

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Track List: Mama's Gun

1. Penitentiary Philosophy

2. Didn't Cha Know

3. My Life

4. ... & On

5. Cleva

6. Hey Sugah

7. Booty

8. Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)

9. A.D. 2000

10. Orange Moon

11. In Love With You

12. Bag Lady

13. Time's A Wastin'

14. Green Eyes

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Track List: Southern Girl

1. Southern Girl (feat. Rahzel)

2. Southern Girl (feat. Rahzel)

3. Southern Girl

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Track List: Baduizm

1. Rimshot (Intro)

2. On & On

3. Appletree

4. Otherside Of The Game

5. Sometimes (Mix #9)

6. Next Lifetime

7. Afro

8. Certainly

9. 4 Leaf Clover

10. No Love

11. Drama

12. Sometimes . . .

13. Certainly (Flipped It)

14. Rimshot (Outro)

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Track List: Baduizm (Special Edition)

Disc 1

1. Rimshot (Intro)

2. On And On

3. Appletree

4. Otherside Of The Game

5. Sometimes (Mix #9)

6. Next Lifetime

7. Afro

8. Certainly

9. 4 Leaf Clover

10. No Love

11. Drama

12. Sometimes

13. Certainly (Flipped It)

14. Rimshot (Outro)

Disc 2

1. On & On (Jazz Mix)

2. On & On (Da Boom Squad Remix)

3. Apple Tree (2b3 Summer Vibes Mix)

4. Appletree (Live @ The Jazz Cafe)

5. Next Lifetime (Linslee Remix)

6. A Child With The Blues

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What am i supposed to do .? Leave that situation lesson learned the Hard Way! Next life time RIP OG s 40 years of tears .
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NAw it dont matter what way i turn haters are Every where i go. No doubt.
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I love what she delicates to j Dilla this is a beautiful tribute to him I'm still rocking with u E.badu
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Mama is timeless. Anyone saying she isn't is deaf.
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She.Is.alway s . r e l e v a n t ! Pack light.....
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Beautiful music made and sung with true heart and soul
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The truth is is.... She was the s**t!!!.... And now she sucks!.... But.... She was the s**t.
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I was listening to Erik she badu since I was 8 now I'm 18 ������
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Her voice always soothes my soul.
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Ms. Badu tells it like it is!
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Yes!
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Cg. Erykah badu. Takes. Me. Back. To. The. Old. Days
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She just makes my day
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I know
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Almost Friday....yi p p p e e e e ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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One of the best PERIOD.
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Please hold on to what u got......til you get what's BEST &what is not!
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Call Tyrone Biatch!!! Lol
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Yep
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Erika is FIRE
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Whatever you do- don't call Tyrone- he will steal your, watch and the paint off the wall. Erykah is sharp sister...... . .
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Seen her in concert and she did it -GOOD!
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Who gave permittion to re arranged me ? Flip it hey !
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Now what am I supposed to do.....?
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LMAO
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Always one of my faves by Eryka Badu-a**
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Real talk Wooooooo weeeeeeee
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Real Life Words!!! No hard Feelings
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When things were cool
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Classy singer. different from The Rest.Great sytle.The King on n on Great song
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grambling state univ finest .. ;))
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Miss. Badu - seen this sister in concert and see was nice, real nice. She didn't let the rain stop her. Strong sister. Thanks.
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I love you my friend
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Call woman, light a candle
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Crazy, she's now dating Stevie J of Love off hip hop ,,check out on Tuesday"as at8pm
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Seen her in concert - it was good and she shared knowledge too about our true history- dug it. Calling Tyrone - something I would NOT do. My cousin Tyrone would steal the letter j off jump. Don't call him.
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To all my fallen kings and queens . Xoxo next life time . Hope the game is fair Rip greef sucks
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Anoint your house on the doorpost and the two side post before New Year's come in :-)
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Soul
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Sade!!!!
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A queen for sure.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky cause it actually works
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Didn't 'Cha Know is my all time favorite track...smoo o o o t h , , laid back music after I made a wrong turn back there somewhere at the office & ready to unwind & de-stress... C L A S S I C ! ! !
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She my favorite of all time I want to meet her one day ��
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I love Erykah Badu!
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Love this smooth lady!!! Do your thing Miss. Badu!!!!
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