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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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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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Love you badu
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I love you Erycha!
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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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Here is a "REAL ARTIST!!!!"
One may disagree with her philosophies . Man.Manhood. S i s t e r vs.SISTERHOO D . THIRD REICH.NEW WORLD ORDER. etc...but that's a'lright!!!! ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Talented��
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All I can say is classy
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This is true..
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THEE UNIQUE SONGBIRD, ALWAYS DROPPING THAT FUNKY KNOWLEDGE ������
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I LOVE HER!!!!
TRUE DEFINITION OF CREATIVITY
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ErykBaud
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Vibing out right now!!!!
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Going to see her Friday cant wait!
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One of a kind Badu
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..."maybe we'll be butterflies. . . "
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Beats for a mellow fellow...
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Know it's true wit Ms.Erykah Baud
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best female artis (IMHO)
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❤️ can't go wrong with her
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Awesome song...I love it...!!
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She is so relevant to music. I love her.
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Yes I love it! Heyyyyy!
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Love this song
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✊��✊��love this song
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Love this song
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Ms. Badu is truly an artist! Great works and songs performed well!
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I recently had the pleasure of seeing Queen Badu in concert and she is so very DOPE. Her talent and energy consumes you and leaves you wanting more. Her confidence transcends all levels. Badu's music is a gift to the industry and all who hear hear her voice
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