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Erykah Badu

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Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), known professionally as Erykah Badu (), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s and 2000s along with artists such as D'Angelo and Maxwell. She has been called the “Queen of Neo Soul”. Badu's career began after she opened a show for D'Angelo in 1994 in Fort Worth; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. Her first album, Baduizm, was released in February 1997. It spawned four singles: "On & On", "Appletree", "Next Lifetime" and "Otherside of the Game". The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her first live album, Live, was released in November 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.Her second studio album, Mama's Gun, was released in 2000. It spawned three singles: "Bag Lady", which became her first top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #6, "Didn't Cha Know?" and "Cleva". The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Badu's third album, Worldwide Underground, was released in 2003. It generated three singles: "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)", "Danger" and "Back in the Day (Puff)" with 'Love' becoming her second song to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Badu's fourth album, New Amerykah Part One, was released in 2008. It spawned two singles: "Honey" and "Soldier". New Amerykah Part Two was released in 2010 and fared well both critically and commercially. It contained the album's lead single "Window Seat", which led to controversy.

Badu's voice has been compared to jazz singer Billie Holiday. Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for her eccentric style, which often included wearing very large and colorful headwraps. She was a core member of the Soulquarians. As an actress, she has played a number of supporting roles in movies including Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D. She also has appeared in the documentaries Before the Music Dies and The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.

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July 18, 2022

Erykah Badu “shocks thee sh*t” out of Megan Thee Stallion by twerking during her set at Swiss festival

"REAL MF HOT GIRL SH!T" The post Erykah Badu “shocks thee sh*t” out of Megan Thee Stallion by twerking during her set at Swiss festival appeared first on NME.

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July 15, 2022

Megan Thee Stallion Posts Video of Erykah Badu Twerking Onstage During Her Set: ‘Shocked Thee Sh*t Outta Me’

Megan Thee Stallion took to IG to share a video of Erykah Badu twerking during her set at Switzerland’s Gurtenfestival, calling it "real mf TEXAS SH*T."

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March 11, 2022

Syd on Erykah Badu: “She Makes What She Needs to Make”

Erykah Badu has been one of Syd's biggest influences from childhood. When they finally met, "It was amazing"

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January 23, 2022

How J Dilla Reinvented Rhythm

In this exclusive excerpt from hip-hop historian Dan Charnas' excellent new book, Dilla Time, we get the inside story of how iconic beatmaker J Dilla and an elite group of musicians, including D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Questlove, changed the shape of rap and R&B forever

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January 20, 2022

Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, the Who Lead 2022 New Orleans Jazz Fest

Willie Nelson. Erykah Badu, the Black Crowes, Elvis Costello, and more also booked as fest returns to Big Easy after two Covid-canceled years

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December 6, 2021

Watch Lizzo cover Erykah Badu’s ‘Tyrone’ with cheeky lyric changes referencing Drake and Chris Evans

"Maybe I should call Chris Evans / Maybe Captain America could put another bun up in my oven" The post Watch Lizzo cover Erykah Badu’s ‘Tyrone’ with cheeky lyric changes referencing Drake and Chris Evans appeared first on NME.

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December 5, 2021

Watch Lizzo Cover Erykah Badu’s ‘Tyrone’ With Shout Outs to Chris Evans and Drake

The singer performed the song as part of an American Express concert held at Art Basel in Miami

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December 1, 2021

Erykah Badu, Nas, The Roots to Headline 2022 Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The Los Angeles event will take place on March 19 at L.A. State Historic Park.

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November 15, 2021

Watch Summer Walker cover Erykah Badu’s ‘Bag Lady’ for BBC Radio

She also performed smooth and soulful versions of 'Toxic' and 'Playing Games' The post Watch Summer Walker cover Erykah Badu’s ‘Bag Lady’ for BBC Radio appeared first on NME.

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October 27, 2021

Erykah Badu announced as first headliner for Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2022

She'll make a UK exclusive appearance at the event The post Erykah Badu announced as first headliner for Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2022 appeared first on NME.

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October 16, 2021

Erykah Badu pays emotional tribute to George Floyd to mark his 48th birthday

"We know that your life was not in vain" The post Erykah Badu pays emotional tribute to George Floyd to mark his 48th birthday appeared first on NME.

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September 16, 2021

Live Photos From Pitchfork Music Festival 2021

A gallery highlighting the best of this year’s fest including Erykah Badu, Phoebe Bridgers, Animal Collective, and more

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September 16, 2021

Live Photos From Pitchfork Music Festival 2021

A gallery highlighting the best of this year’s fest including Erykah Badu, Phoebe Bridgers, Animal Collective, and more

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September 14, 2021

Lil Nas X Had the Best Time at the Met Gala — and He’s Got the Celebrity Selfies to Prove It

Lil Nas X had a blast at Monday night's (Sept. 13) Met Gala, where he hung with Billie Eilish, Frank Ocean, Pete Davidson, Erykah Badu and more.

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September 5, 2021

Baduizm

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today we revisit Erykah Badu’s 1997 debut, an existential anchor of the neo-soul movement.

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September 2, 2021

H.E.R. Reveals Lights On Festival 2021 Lineup Including Erykah Badu, Ari Lennox, Bryson Tiller & More

H.E.R. announced the star-studded roster of performers at her 2021 Lights On Festival, which include Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, Ty Dolla $ign and more.

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August 15, 2021

Erykah Badu apologises for being “terrible guest” at Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party

The star had shared photos from the bash, which prompted critics to dub it a "superspreader" event The post Erykah Badu apologises for being “terrible guest” at Barack Obama’s 60th birthday party appeared first on NME.

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August 13, 2021

Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 Set Times Revealed

Single day tickets are still available— find out when to catch Phoebe Bridgers, Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, Flying Lotus, and many more

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August 12, 2021

EarthGang pay homage to Erykah Badu in new single

Released as part of their ode to musical legends series #GHETTOGODS The post EarthGang pay homage to Erykah Badu in new single appeared first on NME.

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August 10, 2021

EarthGang Share Video for New Song “Erykah”: Watch

The Atlanta duo pay tribute to Erykah Badu in their latest single

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July 11, 2021

Barack Obama Shares 2021 Summer Playlist: Jazmine Sullivan, Arooj Aftab, Wye Oak, More

Plus Migos, Joni Mitchell, Rihanna, JAY-Z, Chicago, Erykah Badu, George Harrison, and others

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June 28, 2021

Ty Dolla $ign, Erykah Badu Join Lineup for H.E.R.’s Lights On Festival

Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, Keyshia Cole and more will perform at second iteration of singer's festival

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May 20, 2021

Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus Lead 2021 Austin City Limits Festival

DaBaby, Erykah Badu, George Strait, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Black Pumas, and dozens more lined up for 20th-anniversary fest

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May 17, 2021

St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers and Erykah Badu to headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2021

Angel Olsen, Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, Danny Brown and others will also perform The post St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers and Erykah Badu to headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 appeared first on NME.

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May 17, 2021

Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 Lineup and Dates Announced

Tickets on sale now for Chicago fest taking place September 10-12, headlined by Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, and Phoebe Bridgers

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May 5, 2021

New Mark Ronson podcast set to feature Tame Impala, Haim, David Byrne and more

The DJ and producer will also interview the likes of The Roots' Questlove, Erykah Badu and Rico Nasty The post New Mark Ronson podcast set to feature Tame Impala, Haim, David Byrne and more appeared first on NME.

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Discs

Tempted

June 3, 2019

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But You Caint Use My Phone (Mixtape)

December 4, 2015

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New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh

March 30, 2010

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New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

February 26, 2007

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Honey (Remixes) - Single

January 1, 2007

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Danger

September 16, 2003

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Worldwide Underground

September 1, 2003

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Didn't Cha Know

March 1, 2001

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Mama's Gun

October 31, 2000

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Bag Lady

January 1, 2000

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Southern Girl

January 1, 1999

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Baduizm - Special Edition

February 11, 1997

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Next Lifetime

January 1, 1997

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Apple Tree (Vol. 2)

January 1, 1997

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Apple Tree (Vol. 1)

January 1, 1997

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On And On

January 1, 1997

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Live

January 1, 1997

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Baduizm

January 1, 1997

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