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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 and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    9 songs

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    4 songs

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

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

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