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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


    13 songs

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    9 songs

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    4 songs

    '00s R&B

    3 songs

Albums by
Erykah Badu

Top Songs by
Erykah Badu

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

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