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Erykah Badu

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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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Albums by
Erykah Badu

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    11 songs

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    New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh

    12 songs

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    New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War

    10 songs

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    Worldwide Underground

    14 songs

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    Mama's Gun

    14 songs

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    Baduizm

    20 songs

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    Baduizm [Special Edition]

    11 songs

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    But You Caint Use My Phone

    1 song

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    Window Seat

    3 songs

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    Southern Gul

    14 songs

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    Live

    17 songs

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    Baduizm

    11 songs

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    Worlwide Underground

    15 songs

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    Mama's Gun

    15 songs

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    Mama's Gun

    4 songs

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    Apple Tree

    12 songs

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    The Best of Erykah Badu

    1 song

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    Telephone

    1 song

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    Honey


Top Songs by
Erykah Badu

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   On & On
  3.   Tyrone
  4.   Window Seat by Aaron Zigman
  5.   Bag Lady
  6.   Next Lifetime
  7.   Honey
  8.   Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) by Common
  9.   Phone Down
  10.   Other Side of the Game
  11.   This Bitter Land by Nas
  12.   Back In the Day
  13.   Ye Yo
  14.   Apple Tree
  15.   In Love With You
  16.   No More Trouble
  17.   Hello
  18.   Soldier
  19.   Booty
  20.   Kiss Me on My Neck (Hesi)
  21.   Think Twice
  22.   Gone Baby, Don't Be Long
  23.   Didn't Cha Know
  24.   U Use to Call Me
  25.   The Healer
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    R&B Deep Dive

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    Bob Marley: DNA

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    Amy Winehouse: DNA

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    Lil Wayne: DNA

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    The Current


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