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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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not another like her! sultry soothing voice with powerful lyrics. I love her
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Love her <3
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Love this Beautiful soul as she expresses herself thru the words of music, can't wait until You touchdown back in Philly in a couple of months for the NEW tour!!!
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mjl282610
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've started reading this this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When your done press spacebar and your crushes name will appear in big letters across the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Emrya
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This track made me stop whatever I was doing and ask myself "jill scott?" I was going to say. You are right.
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Fire CD.Do your thing Jill Scott!
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Love this cd
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Just like Ali. ...The greatest
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Love her...
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uthmarisabel
I'm so not in get out the you have a hard life in general are your favorite too often the
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Relatable... . The truth.... Maybe next lifetime....
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Maybe next lifetime voodoojag... I can not waste anymore of my time or energy.. wishing you nothing but peace and happiness..♡
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Great photo Miss Diva Erykah :-)
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Didn't Cha Know?: I love Erykah Badu. This is one of my deep soul diva's. I love the lyrics in her music and I love the music in her lyrics. Beautiful. :-)
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Love her, R.I.P
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She takes music to a whole new level. She is so soulful, deep and real. You can truly relate to her music in so many different ways.
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Bag Lady....pack light !!!!
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eemurph2012
Erykah Badu is my favorite Neo- soul Artist ever. Plus. I've. Met her in person 3 times and we where born in the same. Hospital
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Baduizium
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❤️❤️
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i get goose bumps everytime i listen to her sing!!
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yassssssssss s s s s s s s s s
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I love this song
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Showing more love
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pice3lady
Come back to Saratoga Springs Jazz Festival & perform this !!����❤️
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Thank you for your reassurance. . . . a l w a y s heals my spirit
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She's an incredible artist, and she raises beautiful, self assured children. Represent, My Sistah!!!!!
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This is my girl right here, she ain't nothing to FCK with. Fact
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Unsung of erykah badu...
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Long Live Queen Badu!!!!!! : ) : )
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ERYKAH BADU TAKES MY BREATH AWAY WITH HER MAGICAL SOUND. AND MYSTICAL STYLE AND GRACE. .. SHE IS BADU..
AND WELCOME TO THE EXPERIENCE OF BADUISM...
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you on time asyou say in days
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I LOVE ERYKAH BADU! ��
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Hey!!!!����❤
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Man she put dallas on a whole new chart
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ERYKAH!!!❤️� � CLASSIC
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I simply just love this song and in fact the entire CD, Ms Erykah Badu still gives us constant beautiful Music!
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She is Fabulous! I love her!
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fredamahdi
Just love Erykah Badu (period).
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I love this song by Erykah Badu
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She sings with so much soul. It's like you can feel every word she says.
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My so all the way to get my nails are ui your way o to get a new song uiu i don't know think I of a lot please fix the problem up with my mom
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I love Erykah Badu
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Real Lyrics, real Time, real Lady
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Her groove is soul stirring, life changing, thought evoking, unfiltered, unadulterate d , seriously bone chillin music!!! Lyrics on point, voice all its own...HAIL ERYKAH!!!!
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You've changed the way I lived and loved over the years.... I'd marry your soul if it was at all possible. I will always and forever be a fan.
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I can make you put your phone down = #relationshi p g o a l s
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but cha cant use my phone ����
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Life to my soul
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