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

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