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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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Stations Featuring
Erykah Badu

    Neo-Soul

    Neo-Soul
    13 songs

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    4 songs

    Smooth Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    3 songs

    '00s R&B

    3 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    9 songs

    Late Night Mix

    1 song

Albums by
Erykah Badu

Top Songs by
Erykah Badu

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   On & On
  3.   Tyrone
  4.   Bag Lady
  5.   Window Seat by Aaron Zigman
  6.   Next Lifetime
  7.   Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) by Common
  8.   Honey
  9.   Other Side of the Game
  10.   Phone Down
  11.   Back in the Day
  12.   Apple Tree
  13.   Ye Yo
  14.   In Love With You
  15.   Gone Baby, Don't Be Long
  16.   Hello
  17.   Think Twice
  18.   No More Trouble
  19.   Booty
  20.   Soldier
  21.   Kiss Me on My Neck (Hesi)
  22.   Didn't Cha Know
  23.   The Healer
  24.   Mr. Telephone Man
  25.   U Use to Call Me
  26.   Penitentiary Philosophy
  27.   Danger
  28.   Stay
  29.   Certainly
  30.   Green Eyes
  31.   Orange Moon
  32.   Out My Mind, Just in Time
  33.   No Love
  34.   Time's a Wastin
  35.   4 Leaf Clover
  36.   Dial'Afreaq
  37.   Cleva
  38.   & On, ...
  39.   My Life
  40.   Afro
  41.   I'll Call U Back
  42.   Fall in Love (Your Funeral)
  43.   20 Feet Tall
  44.   Bump It
  45.   Rimshot(Intro)
  46.   Reprise
  47.   Medley: What's Yo Phone Number/Telephone
  48.   Twinkle
  49.   Telephone
  50.   I Want You
  51.   A.D. 2000
  52.   Sometimes
  53.   Cel U Lar Device
  54.   The Cell
  55.   That Hump
  56.   A Child With the Blues by Terence Blanchard
  57.   Drama
  58.   Hi
  59.   Master Teacher
  60.   Good Times by Strange Fruit Project
  61.   Umm Hmm
  62.   Turn Me Away (Get Munny)
  63.   My People
  64.   World Keeps Turnin' (Intro)
  65.   Boogie Nights/All Night
  66.   Hey Sugah
  67.   U Don't Have to Call
  68.   Caint Use My Phone (Suite)
  69.   Love
  70.   Incense
  71.   Agitation
  72.   The Grind
  73.   Southern Gul
  74.   Searching
  75.   This Bitter Land by Nas
  76.   You Loving Me (Session)
  77.   Amerykahn Promise
  78.   Woo

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