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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

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

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