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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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raquellesims
Yasss
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Thank you for your spirit! Your words are a lot what I am feeling! Without your music I would go crazy! Your music calm me down! I wish you love, peace, & soul
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My cousin once told me that I remind him of her. Why, I asked, he said your vibe...
I love her music...
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This is about Janice + Wayne all day yesss
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Seen her in concert this summer and Erykah Badu did her thang, this chick can sang, a little miffed that she didn't sing this groove Didn't Cha Know, but I got over it!! Great show!
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I love "Sometimes " My absolute favorite by her
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She is the queen of soul
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prim90
One of the few artists that really gets in touch with my soul. This lady knows music. This lady knows the soul.
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Seen her in concert and she got "DOWN"! The baseline is nice- whatever you don't call Tyrone. He is my cousin - he will steal the letter J off Jay. Thanks Erykah
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rhashenesalo n
I planted seeds so I rep what sew. Please stay away from my apple tree!
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Right on sister real talk we most respect each other brothers and sisters let's get back to respect old school !!don don Reese stlouis
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U used to call me on my cell I lar
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rhashenesalo n
S**t that n**ga stole the phone too! Lol
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zynakobie
Goodbye for good
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Meh
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I would like to hear her but Pandora keeps cutting off
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One of my favorite artist. Sit back �� a blunt and take a ride
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joanna.truck e r s p o s t
She always comes through with good music.
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The whole CD off the chain ����
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I became a big fan back in 97. I just told my age but Ms. Badu will never get old. I love her music.
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Love this Queen!
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kitty3114
I love her personality, when she talks about spirituality , and her lyrics because there are so many deep messages in them. Her music never gets old. Long live Erykah!!!
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She will never get old to me. I love music like this.
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Love me some Erica B
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Creatively beautiful ! I'm 29 and your my whole
Life ..
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She bad love her so real
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Bag Lady��
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Ms Badu you are the S**T... being listening to from the very beginning. .U help me in my 30 it's Now a strong 57..GOD is awesome. .stay BADU.
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Wonderful Baaaaduuuu Come back
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That's my turning the corner tune
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Erykah that my b**ch love her����
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I bet she can make you put your phone down......
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Amazing!!!!
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Simply smooooth.sil k y . m i l k y . y a dig.
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D0 WHAT Y0U DO BADU!!!!
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My sister
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teammckinnie
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Tremendoisly talented
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you can call but you can't use my phone...
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Tyrone!
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Love her
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capone182
Love you badu
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I love you Erycha!
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starling36
Badu a** PHAT :)
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Love your music Erykah Badu
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Lots of love for Ms Badu always dropping knowledge with the funky beats!
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Luv my Sister Badu
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beautiful black woman with style and grace. Love her life
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