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    Erykah Badu

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    Genre:Soul, Hip-Hop
    Rank:1765 history »
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1My People lyrics
    2Drama lyrics
    3World Keeps Turnin' (intro) lyrics
    4No More Trouble lyrics
    5No Love lyrics
    6The Cell lyrics
    Love Of My Life lyrics
    8Caint Use My Phone Suite lyrics
    9R. I. T. Z. lyrics
    10The Blast (Remix) lyrics
    Talib Kweli feat. Erykah Badu

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    Baduizm [1997]
    Live [1997]
    But You Caint Use My Phone [2015]
    4Mama's Gun [2000]
    5New Amerykah Part Two - Return of the Ankh [2010]
    6Worldwide Underground [2003]
    7Baduism [2007]
    8New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War) [2008]


    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 langurous, 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 in her hometown 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, initiated a series of planned releases across the following year. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

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