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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 in her hometown 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. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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The distance between us can't blame you for living. You a life there job,home famiy there , still in love with and i respect that.

Have not heard this version. You are truly gettin it!!!
Stay,Stay,St a y . Make it work ............ . . . . . .
I respect your life your situation but when i go have fun you get mad.be with the one who really making you maybe they be around for the kick in a**.
Trying do right thing about your world and go back too my old life.
You can't juggle everything , something going breakdown you know results lot angry people.
mnhegwood
I NEED to see her live...it's a wrap
petisha.barb e r
Love her and definitely this song her music is so great!!!!
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LOVE her! ;-)
I know I'm a lot of woman but not enough to divide the pie, that's some deep s**t riight there, Erykah
Nices and smooth
msaishajarre t t 0 7
Nice and mellow!
What happen to the lyrics?
real deal Buda
My favorite song!
She is one of few artists that I love to here live.
Man this is my jam I use to love this song when I saw the video I knew it was a hit . Dre3000 was with her back then . Still love this video
Luv her classic
garretrm
AMAZING WOMAN AND ARTIS
romelove10
Remarkable women and a excellent artist
I SO love this woman...
What U Gone Do When They Come For U
teresathreet 1 9 6 9
One of my very favorites
Tyrone ©lassic
Luv erykah
Unique
Don't you take yo time young man!
kwhitley316
Oh initiating is
kwhitley316
Stud rvn������
kwhitley316
Gig to,������
Damn! YOU GO GURL!
A true "Player" move. I understand you see it all Stay Real and up beat
she jamz-
Such a classic....
Can I Get A Window Seat!
Love. This. Song
The otherside of the game is my favorite badu song.beautif u l .
My big cousin!!
Fear us but call us by our name !!!
Da BOMB now n 4ever
Dope...
Yes... I ove this lady so much.... she will 4ever b love....shes just the bomb... Go Badu
prim90
My fave, hands-down! You go, sista!
This is how you put your soul into what works in life her lyric and beats blended together do you hear it
The most realist ,classical ,unique artist out there. I love her outfits and songs
Luther vandross
p.greer22
Love your music, style of dress, and hair :)!
From Detroit to you and yours with LOVE! Classic and Timeless Music right here! Rest in Peace J Dilla!
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