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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

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song


    13 songs

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

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