Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu



Erica "Erykah" Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971),[1] better known as Erykah Badu (/ˈɛrɪkə bɑːˈd/), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, disc jockey, activist, and actress.

Badu's career began after opening 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.[1] Her first album, Baduizm, was released on February 11, 1997.[2] It spawned three singles: "On & On", "Next Lifetime" and "Otherside of the Game". The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3] Badu's first live album, Live, was released on November 18, 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.[3] Badu is hailed as the queen of neo soul.

Badu's second studio album, Mama's Gun, was released on October 31, 2000.[4] 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.[3] Badu's third album, Worldwide Underground, was released on September 16, 2003.[5] 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.[3] Badu's fourth album, New Amerykah Part One, was released on February 26, 2008.[6] 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.

Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop,[1] Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s along with artists like D'Angelo.[7] Her work has often been compared[8] to jazz great Billie Holiday.[9][10] 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 wide range of supporting roles in movies including Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D. She also speaks at length in the documentaries Before the Music Dies and The Black Power Mixtapes.



New Amerykah Part One
New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) is the 2008 fourth studio album by American neo soul singer and songwriter Erykah Badu.
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New Amerykah Part Two
New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Erykah Badu, first released on March 30, 2010, through Universal Motown.
Mama's Gun
Mama's Gun is the second studio album by American neo soul singer Erykah Badu.

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Erykah Badu And Her Commanding Spirit Visit ‘Desus & Mero’ [Video]
  –  November 17, 2017
Erykah Badu is making her rounds for the promotion of the upcoming ... She also discusses listening to the other women in music today like Kehlani and Jhene Aiko, and being able to hear her influence when listening to their songs. The songstress also ...
How Erykah Badu Inspired Ali Steele's Musical Journey
  –  November 9, 2017
It was Erykah Badu that rocked Steele's world, though. "She's who inspired me to do music," he says, "and that's what really touched my life and actually helped me to overcome a lot of obstacles in my life. "It was through her that I was introduced me to ...
Kehlani and Erykah Badu Meet in Epic Fashion at the Soul Train Awards
  –  November 6, 2017
Erykah Badu’s outfit at last night’s Soul Train Awards was a ... when Badu crossed paths on the red carpet with R&B singer-songwriter Kehlani. Meeting the music legend for the first time, Kehlani swapped her casual tour wardrobe for a semi-sheer ...
Erykah Badu, SWV, Tamar Braxton to headline 2017 Soul Train Awards
  –  November 4, 2017
This year’s ceremony will carry on tradition by featuring artists who have made a great impact on Black music. Hosted by Erykah Badu, the 2017 Soul Train Awards will feature performances by Method Man, Keyshia Cole, Daniel Caesar, DVSN, Le’Andria ...
Beware online sellers of Erykah Badu tickets
  –  October 14, 2017
American singer and songwriter Erykah Badu, who has developed her own unique brand of rhythm and blues and soul/funk music, is performing for the first time in the Philippines. Opening the show for her Saturday night are Kat Agarrado of Sinosikat ...
Erykah Badu Tells Desus and Mero What It's Like to Be a Doula
  –  November 17, 2017
Erykah Badu might be one of the most prolific artists out there today, but she has another job she's passionate about—being a doula. When she visited Desus & Mero on Thursday, the singer, who's hosting this year's Soul Train Awards, shared what inspired ...
Erykah Badu And Her Commanding Spirit Visit ‘Desus & Mero’ [Video]
  –  November 17, 2017
Erykah Badu is making her rounds for the promotion of the upcoming Soul Train Awards, which she has posted for the past 3 years. In this extended interview with Desus and Mero, Ms. Badu tells stories of working with Outkast, beefing with Azealia Banks on ...
Janet Jackson a ‘stronger woman’ after split from husband
  –  November 17, 2017
At the bash, Union even got in on the “for the d - - k” challenge — the Internet trend that has artists such as Erykah Badu, Cardi B and Issa Rae posting dirty ditties about the male member online. “I moved to Cleveland for that d - - k ...
Erykah Badu Weighs In On Lil Peep's Death
  –  November 17, 2017
Erykah Badu thinks Lil Peep's death is more complicated than it seems -- it's not just a cautionary tale about addiction, it's also a warning about mental illness issues for young people in America. As we first reported, police strongly suspect the 21 ...
Black Woman Creates Videogame To Tell The Whites To Not Touch Her Hair
  –  November 17, 2017
READ: Solange Discusses ‘A Seat At The Table’ With Erykah Badu “I’ll be walking, and a woman will reach her hands into my head. I’m talking to a teammate, and a co-worker I just met is holding my hair in his hand,” she said in an article on On ...
He’s ‘the celebrity professor’ at Duke and Harvard. His academic field? Hip-hop.
  –  November 16, 2017
Class co-teacher Patrick Douthit – better-known as Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder who has worked with Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Beyoncé with Destiny’s Child and many other musical A-listers – let the students in on a previously top-secret detail about ...
Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announces 2018 dates
  –  November 16, 2017
Past performers include Bon Iver, Wilco, Paul Simon, The National, Feist, Chance the Rapper, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Sylvan Esso, Erykah Badu, James Blake, Nathanial Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Sufjan Stevens, Francis and The Lights, Beach House ...
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs — with the famous side part — is back from injury, and shares his barber
  –  November 15, 2017
What’s your favorite? I like Cap’n Crunch, but specifically I like Cap’n Crunch’s Oops! All Berries. Then I’ll listen to Erykah Badu on my way to the stadium. I still don’t feel that way. I feel pretty regular. I talk to any and everybody ...
Austin guitarist/songwriter Doyle Bramhall II plays Knick on Saturday
  –  November 15, 2017
He's much in-demand as a composer, producer and guitarist and has collaborated with, among others, T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gary Clark, Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Erykah Badu and Questlove. Me?
Record Review
  –  November 15, 2017
Throughout Live at the Map Room, Kimmons alternates between slinky, soulful vocals and Erykah Badu-inspired spoken-word, while Burgos delivers complex beats that are always smooth. Although instrumental loops and retro synth melodies evoke interstellar ...
Erykah Badu And Her Daughter Puma Serve Looks In Vogue Mexico
  –  November 14, 2017
It looks like Erykah Badu’s middle child, her 13-year-old daughter, Puma Curry is following in her momma’s fly footsteps. The teenager was recently featured in the September issue of Vogue Mexico. Which is a pretty big deal. And the pictures are gorgeous.
Erykah Badu and Puma Curry Star in Vogue Mexico Shoot
  –  November 13, 2017
Erykah Badu is a style icon, so there's no surprise that her daughter 13-year-old Puma Sabti Curry is following in her footsteps. We've seen a lot of celebrity mommy-daughter look-a-likes from Kia Gerber and Cindy Crawford to Ava Phillippe and Reese ...
Erykah Badu and Her Daughter Prove That Eccentric Style Runs in the Family
  –  November 13, 2017
Erykah Badu’s recent string of tour dates has brought out the best in her well-established sartorial eccentricities. From looking poised in a ruffled purple Viktor & Rolf creation in a bathroom in Tokyo to wearing an over-the-top white Thom Browne suit ...
See Erykah Badu’s Daughter Puma Make Her High Fashion Modeling Debut
  –  November 13, 2017
Sometimes because she keeps it so funky-fresh and stylish we almost forgot that Erykah Badu is a mother of three! Over the weekend, Mama Bear showed off some behind-the-scenes photos of her and her 13 year-old daughter, Puma, at their Vogue Mexico shoot.
Erykah Badu And Daughter Puma Are Giving Us Double Vision In This Epic Photo Shoot
  –  November 13, 2017
Erykah Badu is a certified fashion icon, so it only makes sense for her children to be just as stylish. The singer and her daughter, Puma Sabti Curry, recently posed for the camera for Vogue Mexico in a photo shoot styled by Diamond Mahone in a grocery store.
How Erykah Badu Inspired Ali Steele's Musical Journey
  –  November 9, 2017
"My parents never introduced me to African history or African pride," Ali Steele says. "So as a young black male, I grew up really depressed and had low self-esteem." Steele, a Charlotte R&B and neosoul singer who has appeared on recordings by numerous ...
Erykah Badu hosts the Soul Train Awards; see more amazing red carpet fashions
  –  November 8, 2017
The Soul Train Awards will air on Sunday, Nov. 26, however, the show was taped over the weekend, and we had red carpet access. Erykah Badu hosted the Soul Train Awards for the second consecutive year and in true Badu fashion, she showed up in grandiose style.
Erykah Badu brought her beautiful daughters, Mars and Puma to the Soul Train Awards
  –  November 7, 2017
Erykah Badu brought her two lovely daughters to the Soul Train Awards which held on Sunday night and they walked the red carpet with her. The two young ladies, Mars Merkaba Thedford, 8, and Puma Sabti Curry, 13, looked very cute in their outfits as they ...
Ezra Miller's Bare-All Interview with Erykah Badu Has Us Swooning
  –  November 7, 2017
With his appearance in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, the 25-year-old became the first openly LGBTQ actor to be cast as a lead character in a major superhero franchise. In his chat with Ms. Badu, Miller opens up about his life in the entertainment ...
Jessie J, Kehlani & Erykah Badu Put On Their Best for Soul Train Awards 2017!
  –  November 6, 2017
“I cant say there was ever a time i felt more beautiful and for that i thank an incredible team, 3 wonderful men got me together tonight and deserve immense applause,” Kehlani captioned with her Instagram post. “@kahhspence on hair, @mannequinskin on ...
Open Post: Hosted By Erykah Badu Looking Like A Craft Project Gone Right!
  –  November 6, 2017
Only Erykah Badu could take the corpses of three dead poodles, the Jolly Green Giant’s cotton ball, a pimp’s winter coat, one of Prince’s old blouses, a lighting fixture from West Elm and one of her signature dildo hats (in a virginal shade of white ...
Kehlani and Erykah Badu Meet in Epic Fashion at the Soul Train Awards
  –  November 6, 2017
Erykah Badu’s outfit at last night’s Soul Train Awards was a showstopper. The white suit-dress hybrid was outfitted on all sides with high-volume, frayed fabric texturally reminiscent of cotton candy, and she finished off the look in classic Badu ...
Erykah Badu dons white and gold look with a poofy skirt and a bizarre hat to host the Soul Train Awards
  –  November 6, 2017
She served as the host for BET's Soul Train Awards for the past two years. And Erykah Badu made it three consecutive years after she hosted the event once again on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 46-year-old singer arrived at the event in a bizarre white ...
Love, Superheroes, and Staying Humble: Erykah Badu Interviews Ezra Miller
  –  November 5, 2017
Ezra Miller may be Credence Barebone to most Harry Potter fans, but the actor is beginning a whirlwind press tour for another major franchise: Justice League. Leading up to the film’s release on November 17, Interview spoke with the actor about life ...
Ezra Miller and Erykah Badu Had a Wacky, Wonderful Chat
  –  November 4, 2017
Actor Ezra Miller (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, The Perks of Being A Wallflower) and singer-songwriter Erykah Badu are undoubtedly two of our dimension's most special and talented beings. Their recent conversation for Interview magazine is ...


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