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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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Stations Featuring
Erykah Badu

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song


    13 songs

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

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