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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

5. Woo

7. Danger

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

7. Booty

9. A.D. 2000

10. Orange Moon

11. In Love With You

12. Bag Lady

13. Time's A Wastin'

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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

4. Phone Down

5. U Use To Call Me

6. Mr. Telephone Man

7. U Don’t Have To Call

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

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Track List: Window Seat (Radio Single)

1. Window Seat

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Terence maybe in the Next Lifetime, xoxo
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I luv her and her music, she is a strong black woman that give us black women lyrics that we all can relate to and let us know it is what it is, it was that. Now move on go, from the one about the bag lady to the one on the bus, she have sung about all of life experiences and help us get through even when we think we are insane . I hope her music does not change, we need it to keep our sanity
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Yeah yeah yeah.
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Love all her music!! You rock Ms. Badu!
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Kenny g
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Love her��
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"One of my favorite jams"
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LOVE HER
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The "WINDOW SEAT".....is the obvious solace. That many adore.
Though.
Pass by. When the ones already seated. Pre-occupy their beliefs..... .
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Shall we only respect. Those that show respect?.... . G o o d n e s s forbid!!!
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Good music
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catinhat.cd
Delicious version of stay Badu,Hey nobody not going where I don't care what they do...boo...i t just talk.
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I KNOW I'M A LOT OF WOMAN, BUT NOT ENOUGH TO DIVIDE THE PIE......... E R Y K A H BADU

My Jam
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Ooooo baby ..we need to smiiiiile..
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Love this song this taking me back.��
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My favveeee
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You be playing these song's
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higgins_g1
Deep
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Luv this chic
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The gud old songs
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My fellow Pisces!! Been vibing with you since the 90s. =)
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nice��������
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I love my girl Erykah a vibrant soul
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Love Erykah Badu! Her voice is definitely one of a kind!
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Erykah badu is out of the ordinary and her music makes peace
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mjthompson0
Have to give it to Gen X who tried to continue great black music. Although they also had a hand in destroying it with gangsta rap.
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I truly enjoy music I can groove to an lazy the mind while uplifting the heart.. thank R&B soul
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wwansel12
Y?M
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Erykah is def the truth...alwa y s enjoyed her music!!!keep doin u
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I just like the beat its do relaxing if you no what mean I like the lyrics too but the beat I would even bang this in my ride
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Love you ,Erykah, awesome singer. Do you as always. You were great on the awards show recently..
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TYRONE !!! I saw Erykah in concert in 1998 at Radio City Music Hall ...She had the audience, in the Palm of her Hands... AWESOME ..xoxoxoo
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My new JBL studio monitors love you Erykah!
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Sick and tired of yo games boo boo adore you always, but do what you have to do cause im doing mine
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Keep good music coming i been listening to your music for years
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Erykah Badu me and my mom love your songs like Tyrone
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locole33
Love it erykah is awesome.
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Bonton, South dallas, always sunshine
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One of the most songstress' of our time...��
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NiCe
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#SOULMUSIC4U R A S S C H E C K I T O U T
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Erykah will never go out of style!
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I love this woman,she can see things most cant,so panic if you don't understand her.its all real.......
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Love the whole CD! Still playing it!!!
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I alway looked up to you mother earth you always been a the goddess queen in my eyes now I m 30 and u totally understand you
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Been in love since you attended Gram! ������
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Love you lady badu
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"Im in a situation... " ����
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