Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu



Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971),[1] known professionally 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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Feb. 14-15: Cole Swings Cole, Making chocolate, Joyce Carol Oates, Erykah Badu, Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics, Jen Wang, David Buckingham
  –  February 17, 2018
appearing with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment which specializes in period-instrument music, performs a concert of works by Beethoven. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland] Erykah Badu: The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter ...
BAE AREA: Erykah Badu Serenades San Fran For Valentine’s Day Soiree With Thundercat
  –  February 16, 2018
What could be more perfectly apropos than an Erykah Badu concert in San Francisco’s Mission District ... She stressed how in today’s culture, words are somehow less important, and that art, music, drums, and dance are what really bring people together ...
Review: Erykah Badu delivers a charged, intense performance
  –  February 15, 2018
In more ways than one, R&B singer Erykah Badu connected generations of music fans at the Shrine Expo Hall on Tuesday night. Tapping surging bassist and producer Thundercat to open the night as well as play bass during her set, she impressed fans of all ...
Erykah Badu, Michael Blackson, Mike Epps dominate 1st BET Social Awards
  –  February 13, 2018
A popping parade of music and movie stars trotted out onto the red carpet ... He was joined by his “For the D and P Challenge” co-star Erykah Badu who roasted Blackson’s absurd outfit, as she took the stage to present the Issa Wave Award.
Erykah Badu’s Culturally Shifting Debut Album ‘Baduizm’ Turns 21 Years Old
  –  February 11, 2018
The pioneering album turns 21 years old today. Erykah Badu is an overall soul singer, yet the masses found Baduizm to be the started of a unique sound of the classic aesthetic of a neo-soul music genre, despite the singer’s desire to remain uncategorized ...
New Music: Kodak Black – ‘Erykah Badu’
  –  February 6, 2018
Kodak Black goes “On & On” about “Erykah Badu” on his latest buzz track. Pulling inspiration from the soulful songstress’ Baduizm hit, Project Baby raps about what he imagines will happen, should his paths cross with Badoula’s. “If I ever ...
Kodak Black Releases New Song ‘Erykah Badu’ — Listen
  –  February 6, 2018
If you hadn’t heard about Kodak Black being in jail, it’d be impossible to notice because his rate of releasing music stays the same whether ... This one is called ‘Erykah Badu’. It’s not entirely a dedication as the only line directly related ...
Erykah Badu leads massive Field Day line up for 2018
  –  February 5, 2018
Erykah Badu has been announced as the first headliner for Field Day ... there is just so much amazing live music to see, but for us, now more than ever, it’s really key to cut above those that ape you. I feel the Field Day 2018 line up is one of the ...
Field Day announce Erykah Badu, Thundercat and Fever Ray for 2018
  –  February 5, 2018
Erykah Badu heads up the London festival's line-up ... ex-Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt, who is due to release new music this year, New York rapper Princess Nokia, and bass master Thundercat. Field Day co-founder Tom Baker says of the line-up ...
Field Day announces 2018 lineup ft Erykah Badu, Four Tet, Loyle Carner, Thundercat and Fever Ray
  –  February 5, 2018
Erykah Badu has been announced to headline Field Day festival in ... there is just so much amazing live music to see, but for us, now more than ever, it’s really key to cut above those that ape you. I feel the Field Day 2018 line up is one of the best ...
Erykah Badu claims supportive Hitler stance 'misconstrued'
  –  January 25, 2018
Erykah Badu claims her words were "misconstrued" in the wake of a ... In the 20 years since her groundbreaking debut "Baduizm," Badu has continued to make music, been a doula and a TV host — including the Soul Train Awards on BET — and producer.


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