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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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bexter.morri s
She went in at essence fest!!!
Badu is a real songstress
cranetattoo
I love the fullness and intelligence of her music and lyrics. She is able to keep these qualities in her music without sacrifice, yet still is accessible to the audience of many backgrounds. I find this amazing.
Scrub
It's soul in the south... I love it, been listening to her music since I was a kid with my mom
She keep it real.....
no words to say how her music makes me feel complete is how!
Speechless
mstinahll
LOVE this song!
This was the one.
Really nice... Food for your soul..
Erykah Badu is truth. Creative, innovative, beautiful and multi talented. The Voice of an angel.
Badu, Badu, Badu....
That sister keep it real........ n i c e
Sweet. Sister...... . . . . . . .
Erykah has one of the classiest voices
next lifetime....
Mixer Inc one of God's best creations
A league of her own. What can I say! !!
She is one of my favs!!
Erykah Badu is an extraordinar y female vocalist.
I Eula baud song?
Another one of my favorite neo soul artist love her
truth! always love this womens words!
Eyka badu
this always make me believe that my past is because MY FUTURE IS BRIGHTER
I love u miss lady
Badu is the best
aaq@@@
Dallas tx stand up! I love Eryhahs music...
Follow 4 a follow
Love Mama Badu
as real as they get
#badu #erykah
Love it
I luv this song
Me and my ole lady smoke and listen to her faithfully. Time 2 roll up again..
This freaked me out. This is not fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a dead little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes, someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
PREACH BABY
Erykah, Jill Scott and Laryn Hill ! AMAZING
everything she sings so f**king real!!!!!!!! !
I would Love to see Erykah Badu live, she don't come my way often
This is one of my favs ..love her voice
Love this song next life time.
Erykah Badu is truth! I can listen to het all day! To see her live is to.see an angel. She is absolutely incredible!
Beauitful female...my fav singer the otherside of Faceman b*k*aDarksid e you dig...
I have been riding w e baud since 1997..have Mommas Gun CD autographed and have seen her several times live!! Awesome artist
Her words have such a meaning
Erykah is in a class by herself. Innovative, creative, spiritual, intelligent and does her own thing! I have all of her CD's. She is the way and the truth and the sister inspires me. What a beautiful sister.
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