Erykah Badu
American singer
Erykah Badu
Erica Abi Wright, better known by her stage name Erykah Badu /ˈɛrɪkə bɑːˈduː/, is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist and actress. Her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion. She is known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo-Soul".
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We, Too, Sing America: 17 Songs That Reflect On Being Black In America
Huffington Post - 13 days
Music has always been a sacred outlet of expression for black Americans. From singers like Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, music made by black artists can provide a unique perspective on the meaning of being black in America. Songs like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” which bemoans racist lynchings in the South, and Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage,” which captures the many sources of black frustrations, echo tales of injustice, despondency and rage. In fact, it was Simone who said that “an artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” And she certainly wasn’t alone in her pursuance of that mission. So in honor of the musicians that used their music to amplify the struggles of black Americans, we’ve compiled a list of 17 songs that sing truth to the black experience.  Billie Holiday — “Strange Fruit”  Sam Cooke — “A Change Is Gonna Come”  Curtis Mayfield — “Keep On Pushing”  Nina Simone — “Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)” ...
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What’s on TV Sunday: 2016 Soul Train Awards and ‘Divorce’
NYTimes - 3 months
Erykah Badu gets her groove on as host of the 2016 Soul Train Awards. And Season 1 of “Divorce” threatens to end on a high note.
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Night Out: Erykah Badu’s Beautiful Braids Take Time
NYTimes - 3 months
The host of the Soul Train Awards settles in for six hours of conversation, music and hair rejuvenation.
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Erykah Badu on Music, Family and the Soul Train Music Awards
ABC News - 3 months
She's back!
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Tina Fey Defends Jimmy Fallon After Controversial Trump Interview
Huffington Post - 4 months
Last month, Jimmy Fallon had Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on “The Tonight Show” for an interview that was jovial and light. So jovial and light, in fact, that Fallon faced loud criticism in the days following for providing Trump with a stage on which he could come across as fun, rather than dangerous. Even Fallon’s own backup band, The Roots, staged a subtle protest that night, playing Erykah Badu’s “20 Feet Tall” as he entered the room. (Example lyrics: “Then you, you built a wall/ A 20-foot wall / So I couldn’t see.”) But Tina Fey feels the criticism Fallon faced was unwarranted. On Saturday at the “Produced By New York” conference, the writer, actor and producer defended her former “Saturday Night Live” colleague’s lighthearted interview with Trump, according to Deadline. “This election is so, so ugly, it’s not business as usual,” Fey said. “I really felt for Jimmy when people were so angry. It’s not Jimmy who peed in the punchbowl. It’s not Jimmy who cr ...
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Harmonizing a Diverse Lineup at Eaux Claires
Wall Street Journal - 6 months
Performances from Erykah Badu, Beach House, James Blake, Jon Hopkins, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples and more, plus Bon Iver reveals its upcoming album.
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Review: 'The Land' Original Soundtrack
NPR - 7 months
The compilation features original songs by Nas, Erykah Badu, Pusha T, Jeremih, French Montana and more.
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Erykah Badu donating concert proceeds for rape kit project
CNN - 7 months
Erykah Badu is stepping up to help a Detroit program aimed at getting justice for victims of sexual assault.
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At Pyer Moss, Erykah Badu Makes Her Styling Debut
NYTimes - about 1 year
The R&B singer worked closely with the label’s designer, Kerby Jean-Raymond, on the show he presented at Milk Studios this afternoon.
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Jessica Biel Shows Off Her Goofy Side In Adorable Pic With Her Son
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jessica Biel isn't a regular mom, she's a cool mom.  The "7th Heaven" actress opened up to The Skimm on Thursday in a quick questionnaire about her sleep habits and parenting skills. Biel, who is married to singer Justin Timberlake, also showed off a goofy picture of her nearly one-year-old son, Silas Randall.  Biel confessed that she doesn't snore (or snooze her alarm), only drinks decaf coffee in the a.m. and loves listening to the First Lady of Neo-Soul. "Yoga. Eating breakfast with my kid. Listening to Erykah Badu while I eat with my kid. We love her," Biel wrote of the three things she can't live without in the morning. theskimmWell good morning @JessicaBiel. #UpWiththeSkimm #SkimmLife Name: Jessica Biel Job: Mama Bear, actress, producer, wannabe alpinist, consummate student of the @WomanCareGlobal #ThenWhoWill campaign. What time do you get up? It varies but I would say always (2) hours before I’d really like to. How many times do you snooze? I’m not a sn ...
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Can Trap Soul Thrive as a Music Genre
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"We are very excited about @brysontiller's #TRAPSOUL. Hope you are too. Listen here first" Apple Music tweeted in regards to Bryson Tiller's LP, T R A P S O U L. The music streaming service that has previously inked deals with Drake, Dr. Dre and Taylor Swift exclusively released the 22-year old's debut project one week early. That's quite an accolade for a new artist and in Tiller's case, well deserved. T R A P S O U L, soon. A photo posted by pen griffey (@brysontiller) on Aug 18, 2015 at 3:32pm PDT Before the album released, "Don't", T R A P S O U L's single exceeded 25 million streams on SoundCloud according to The Rolling Stones. On the album, the blend between delivering Instagram caption worthy bars and singing contemporary R&B lyrics further solidifies the Louisville, Kentucky native's talents. However, trap soul can be considered more than just an album title. Tiller along with artists Fetty Wap and Tory Lanez are the voices validating a rising sound ...
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Nicki Minaj Criticized for Angola Performance, But Is It Fair?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
BY Omise'eka Natasha Tinsley "Independent women only!" Dropping it low in a sheer, bejeweled bodysuit, flanked by female dancers in black leotards and yellow tights, Nicki Minaj changed the lyrics to her single "Only" to give a shout-out to independent Angolan sisters when she performed Saturday at a holiday concert sponsored by phone company Unitel. Unitel is controlled by Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angolan president Jose dos Santos and Africa's richest woman and youngest billionaire. Minaj performed despite protests from the Human Rights Foundation, which wrote a letter demanding she refuse to perform for a government "involved in gross human rights violations." Citing the dos Santos regime for economic corruption and suppression of free speech, HRF also lambasted Isabel as "the largest beneficiary of the country's deadly trade in blood diamonds." When Minaj nonetheless accepted the invitation to perform in Luanda, she joined Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtad ...
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Mother Nature: Female Hip Hop Duo Empowered to Bring Social Change
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Maya Angelou once said, "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass." And like the quote, women within in communities across the United States are assuming bold stances and using their voices and talents to become key players in movements pushing for change. Hip Hop duo, Mother Nature, out of Champaign, Illinois, comprised of two dynamic female emcees, T.R.U.T.H. and Klevah, are some of those women making waves as both young activists and powerful hip hop emcees. Photo By @twobrainz T.R.U.T.H. (left) and Klevah (right) of Mother Nature. DJ Leg Two as support. T.R.U.T.H is originally from the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's Westside and said writing preceded emceeing. She was an introvert as a child and sought writing as a way to get her feelings out. T.R.U.T.H later found emceeing as a fit for her creative expressions. She is inspired by Chicago hip hop artist Chance The Rapper and singer Michael J ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Erykah Badu
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 44
    Badu held her annual "Still Boomin'" sold-out birthday bash concert at The Bomb Factory on Friday, February 26, 2016, marking her second performance at the venue since its grand opening eleven months prior.
    More Details Hide Details The event was hosted by comedian and close friend of Badu's, Dave Chappelle, and featured a surprise appearance from Outkast frontman, André 3000. Badu enlisted Dallas local hip hop acts -topic, Zach Witness, and Cameron McCloud as her supporting acts.
  • 2015
    Age 43
    In early October, Badu released a remix of Drake’s single “Hotline Bling”, and later released a mixtape entitled But You Caint Use My Phone on November 27, 2015, making it available for digital download and streaming exclusively through Apple Music.
    More Details Hide Details After one week of exclusive release on iTunes, But You Caint Use My Phone was released to other digital retailers and streaming services on December 4, 2015. The mixtape was released without the knowledge of her label Universal, due to Badu sending the record straight to iTunes. It also marked Badu's first release under her own record label, Control Freaq. But You Caint Use My Phone received generally positive reviews from music critics and debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200, selling 35,000 equivalent album units in its first week.
    In July 2015, Badu released a free mixtape of her favorite recordings, describing the set as “carefully and lovingly selected high frequency tones for the soul.” The mixtape features mostly-vintage funk, soul and jazz songs.
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    In 2015 Badu appeared on "Rememory" a song from Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's album Surf.
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    On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Erykah Badu performed at The Bomb Factory in her hometown, Dallas, Texas, for the Deep Ellum venue's grand opening.
    More Details Hide Details The sold-out show also featured fellow Dallas native, singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe. Prior to doors opening, there was a line wrapped around the streets of the 50,000 square feet venue, waiting both for Badu and to see the new performance space. The show began at 8:00pm and finished at 1:00am, due to Badu's well-received marathon set.
  • 2014
    Age 42
    In July 2014, Badu revealed she was still working on the album and had been recording in April in Africa where she was "laying down drum tracks".
    More Details Hide Details Badu continued to reveal that prior to her trip to Africa she has meetings with her record label to set a deadline for the album. Later that year Badu expanded on the album, stating she was working with producer Flying Lotus, who she met via MySpace years ago, they later met in L.A. at guitarist Steve Wilson's house.
    In April 2014, Badu came under fire by the US-based Human Rights Foundation, for performing at the birthday celebration of Swaziland's ruler and monarch, King Mswati III.
    More Details Hide Details Mswati, credited as Africa's last absolute monarch, is considered to be a serial human-rights abuser, ruling in luxury in a country famed for its poverty and spiralling HIV rates. Badu presented Mswati with a $100 bill, and a good-luck stone. Studio albums Live albums Mixtape
  • 2013
    Age 41
    In May 2013, Erykah Badu announced she is writing for her next project, but she is not placing a time constraint on it.
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    Badu featured on Janelle Monáe first single from her second studio album The Electric Lady, "Q.U.E.E.N.", the song, premiered on SoundCloud and made available for download purchase at the iTunes Store on April 23, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at 47 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.
    In 2013, Badu appeared on "Treehome95" from Tyler, The Creator's second studio album, Wolf as well as appearing on the song "Heaven for the Sinner" from Bonobo's album, The North Borders.
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  • 2012
    Age 40
    Badu appeared on the debut album by the supergroup Rocketjuice and The Moon, which was released in March 2012 and album Black Radio by Robert Glasper.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    In 2011 Badu appeared on Flying Lotus' fourth album, Until the Quiet Comes.
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  • 2010
    Age 38
    In response, Badu said on The Wanda Sykes Show on April 3, 2010, that it was not her intention to insult the memory of the late President John F. Kennedy (JFK): "My point was grossly misunderstood all over America.
    More Details Hide Details JFK is one of my heroes, one of the nation's heroes. John F. Kennedy was a revolutionary; he was not afraid to butt heads with America, and I was not afraid to show America my butt-naked truth." Coodie and Chike, directors of the "Window Seat" video, said they had bail money ready during filming, in case Badu was arrested. Badu said the video was a protest against "groupthink" and was inspired by Matt and Kim's music video "Lessons Learned." Badu has also said she has "no regrets".
    On March 13, 2010, Badu filmed the video for her song "Window Seat", at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
    More Details Hide Details She wrote on her Twitter feed that the video "was shot guerrilla style, no crew, 1 take, no closed set, no warning, 2 min., Downtown Dallas, then ran like hell." The team did not acquire permission or permits from the city. In the video, Badu shed her clothes as she walked along a Dallas sidewalk until she was nude at the site where Kennedy was shot. A shot rang out as the song ended, Badu's head jerked back, and she fell to the ground. Children with their families could be seen nearby as Badu stripped. When asked about stripping nude in the presence of minors, Badu said, "I didn't think about them until I saw them, and in my mind I tried to telepathically communicate my good intent to them. That's all I could do, and I hoped they wouldn't be traumatized."
    The album's second single, "Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY)", was released March 24, 2010 by Badu as a free download online.
    More Details Hide Details It spent three weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number 87. On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, Vimeo.com released a new video for "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long", directed by Flying Lotus. The video was tweeted by Badu herself and friend and associated music act Questlove from the Roots.
    The internet-only promotional single "Jump up in the Air (Stay There)", featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal, was released on Badu's official website in January 2010.
    More Details Hide Details RC Williams, Badu's musical director, said that a music video for the track was shot in Dallas. The album's first official single, "Window Seat", was released by Badu through a downloadable link on her Twitter page. The song peaked at number 16 on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
    Badu performed at a surprise midnight show on March 31, 2010 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
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    During March 2010, Badu promoted the album through television performances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Wendy Williams Show, Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Good Day New York.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared on the April issue cover of EQ magazine and was featured in the April issues of Nylon and Playboy, while she is also scheduled to appear in upcoming issues of several publications, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, Spin, Vibe, Paste, and People, among many other publications.
    "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)" Badu's fifth studio album was released March 30, 2010, on Universal Motown in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details It was released in Japan on April 14, 2010. Upon release the album was met with general acclaim from music critics. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 110,000 copies in its first week. It also entered at number two on Billboards R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. In the United Kingdom, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) debuted at number 56 on the UK Albums Chart and at number nine on the R&B Albums Chart. In Canada, the album debuted at number 36 on the Top 100 and at number five on the R&B Top 50 chart. New Amerykah Part Two achieved moderate chart success in international markets, peaking within the top-50 in several countries, including Norway, Poland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark.
  • 2009
    Age 37
    On February 1, 2009, Badu gave birth to her third child, a girl named Mars Merkaba Thedford, with her boyfriend of five years, rapper Jay Electronica.
    More Details Hide Details It was a family event attended by Puma and Seven as well. On April 2, 2010, Badu was charged with disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, for appearing nude in Dealey Plaza in Dallas while filming the social-political, performance art, self-directed music video for "Window Seat." No witnesses called police at the time of the incident, but the Dallas police actively sought witnesses after the release of the video. Sgt. Warren Mitchell said the decision to cite Badu for a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 – came after witness Ida Espinosa, 32, of Vernon, offered a sworn statement to police Thursday, April 1. Espinosa declined to comment to The Associated Press. On April 28, 2010, Badu pleaded not guilty rather than paying the fee by mail. On August 13, she paid the $500 ticket and began a term of six months' probation.
  • 2008
    Age 36
    During 2008 and 2009 Badu embarked on two world tours.
    More Details Hide Details The Vortex Tour (2008) was a tour in support of, New Amerykah Part One. The U.S. tour kicked off May 4, in Detroit, MI ending on June 15, in Albuquerque, N.M. The second leg of tour reached Europe on June 25, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Badu toured across Europe playing shows that included an itinerary for the month of July. Several more shows were added throughout August in the U.S.. The Jam Tour was a summer music concert tour in 2009. The tour started in March, Badu played dates across North America twice and Europe, which ended in Dallas, Texas on October 16. During the U.S. second leg, Badu was featured as a special guest co-headliner on hip-hop artist Mos Def's "Ecstatic Tour" on select September dates.
    Erykah Badu performed at the 10th annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans the weekend before Halloween 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In the United Kingdom, the album charted at number 55 on the UK Albums Chart, on which it spent one week. In France, it debuted at number 49 and spent 11 weeks on the French Albums Chart. In Switzerland, it debuted at number 10 and spent six weeks on the Swiss Albums Top 100. In the Netherlands, the album entered at number 25 and spent seven weeks on the Mega Album Top 100. In Poland, it reached number nine and spent eight weeks on the Polish Albums Chart. The album's highest international charting was number five in Sweden, where it charted for seven weeks.
    The fourth studio album, titled New Amerykah Part One, was released by Universal Motown Records, in the United States on February 26, 2008, Badu's 37th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details It was released in European countries on February 29, in Australia and the United Kingdom on March 3, and in Japan on March 12. Both Japanese and Australian editions contain the bonus track "Real Thang". The album's digital release to the iTunes Store featured the song's "Tumbling Dice Remix" as a bonus track. New Amerykah Part One was also released as a double vinyl LP on March 11, and on USB stick format. The album's lead single, "Honey", was released on December 11, 2007. It reached number 88 on the US Billboard Hot 100, on which it spent three weeks. The song also charted at number 22 and spent 17 weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Upon release New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) received universal acclaim from music critics. In the United States, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 125,000 copies in its first week. It was Badu's best opening week since her debut album Baduizm in 1997. It also entered at number two on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. According to Nielsen Soundscan, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) sold 359,000 copies in the United States by early 2010.
  • 2007
    Age 35
    In 2007 Badu was said to have three albums in the works for release during 2007 and 2008. "Honey", a new single produced by 9th Wonder, was leaked online in November 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 34
    The Summer Tour was a concert tour in 2006 by Badu.
    More Details Hide Details The tour started on June 10, in Knoxville, TN, with three shows in the U.S. and resumed in July for several shows in Europe. Badu co-headlined with dates in August with Jill Scott and Queen Latifah at the "Sugar Water Festival". After receiving her first computer as a Christmas gift, Badu began communicating and receiving music from Questlove among others, including Q-Tip and J Dilla. Badu later began to use her laptop as a mini recording studio to construct various backing tracks for songs, which led to the album's primary recording sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
  • 2005
    Age 33
    In 2005, she was a judge for the 4th Annual Independent Music Awards, to support independent artists' careers.
    More Details Hide Details Badu founded the Sugar Water Festival, a music festival co-found by Badu, Queen Latifah and Jill Scott. The trek played to amphitheaters and arenas in the United States during the summer of 2005 and 2006. It began in 2005 as an event to bring awareness to health issues to African-American women. British duo Floetry opened shows during the 2005 run. The festival was relaunched briefly in 2006 with Kelis opening the show and comedian Mo'Nique hosting the festival. 2006 was the final year for the outing. The festival had plans to expand into Europe and Asia, however, this did not come to fruition.
  • 2004
    Age 32
    On July 5, 2004, Badu gave birth to a daughter, Puma Sabti Curry; Puma's father is West Coast rapper The D.O.C., originally from Dallas.
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    Badu embarked on the "Worldwide Underground Tour" in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The U.S. trek kicked-off February 3, in New Orleans and ran through the winter and spring with supporting act Floetry joining the tour February 5 in Houston. The Roots made a special opening act appearance at the show of February 11 in Los Angeles. Badu resumed the tour during the fall with additional dates in America and Europe.
  • 2003
    Age 31
    On September 16, 2003, she released her third studio album Worldwide Underground, the album was more jam-oriented than any of her prior releases, and Badu said that the album was designed to as "one continuous groove." Upon release Worldwide Underground, the album was met with some criticism for its loose, unconventional structure and songwriting, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics. Commercially the album fared well and debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in the week of October 4, 2003, selling 143,561 copies in its first week.
    More Details Hide Details Ultimately spending 11 weeks on the Billboard 200, it also entered at number two on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and spent 30 weeks on the chart. By December 2003, the album had sold 394,000 copies domestically. On October 28, 2003, Worldwide Underground was certified gold in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, following sales in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 609,000 copies in the United States. Its first single, "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)", peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The second single "Danger" reached number 82 on the Hot 100 and number 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while the third single "Back in the Day (Puff)" peaked at number 62 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Badu received four further Grammy nominations for the album. She also contributed to Zap Mama's album Ancestry in Progress (2004), adding her vocals to the track "Bandy Bandy."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    In 2001 Badu embarked on the Mama's Gun World Tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour started in North America on February 10 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Allen Theatre. Badu will perform two nights in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. The tour itinerary will continue with additional dates throughout the summer in Europe and the U.S. After the release of Mama's Gun and "Love of My Life", Badu suffered writer's block.
  • 2000
    Age 28
    In 2000, Badu was in a romantic relationship with fellow Soulquarian Common; their relationship ended in 2002.
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    In 2000, Badu received two nominations and won one, Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Badu received twelve nominations and won two, including Video of the Year for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" at the BET Awards and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" at the Grammy Awards. In 2008, Badu received eleven nominations and won two, including Best Director for "Honey" at the BET Awards and Best Direction in a Video for "Honey" at the MTV Video Music Awards. Overall, Badu has won 16 awards from 59 nominations. Although she disputes the term, Erykah Badu has been dubbed "the first lady of neo soul" and "the queen of neo-soul". Baduizms commercial and critical success earned Erykah Badu popularity at the time and helped establish her as one of the emerging neo soul genre's leading artists. Along with D'Angelo's Brown Sugar (1995) and Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (1996), the album has been recognized by music writers for beginning neo soul's popularity and helping the genre obtain commercial visibility at the time.
    By 2000, Badu was in a romantic relationship with fellow Soulquarian Common.
    More Details Hide Details The two released "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" as a collaboration on the Brown Sugar soundtrack. "Love of My Life" hit #9 on the pop charts, topped the R&B listings, and in 2003 Badu was awarded her fourth Grammy Award for it.
    After taking some time off to raise her child, Badu returned in 2000 with Mama's Gun.
    More Details Hide Details The album was characterized as more organic in sound than her previous studio album, and primarily produced by the Soulquarians and noted bassist Pino Palladino. A remix of one of the album's songs, "Bag Lady", was issued as the first single and topped the R&B charts for seven weeks. The album was well-received, with the lyrical content winning notices from many publications. Reviewers found some of her lyrics hard to decipher on her initial releases. Despite not charting as high as her first two albums, Mama's Gun was another platinum-selling success, and "Bag Lady" was nominated for a Grammy Award.
  • 1999
    Age 27
    The song went on to win The Roots and Badu a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1999.
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    Badu also collaborated with the Roots (who had previously handled production duties on a number of tracks on Baduizm) on their breakthrough 1999 release, Things Fall Apart.
    More Details Hide Details She was featured on the song "You Got Me", by The Roots and American female rapper Eve, co-written by Jill Scott, the song peaked at 39 in the US and 31 in the UK.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    Badu has also ventured into acting. She made her debut as a supporting role in the 1998 film Blues Brothers 2000, playing Queen Mousette.
    More Details Hide Details The film gained mostly mixed to negative reviews from film critics and was considered a commercial failure. Badu made her second appearances in The Cider House Rules (1999), where she played the character of Rose Rose. The film fared well both critically and commercially, with Badu receiving numerous awards and nominations including a win at the 2000 Black Reel Awards for best supporting actress as well as nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards and Satellite Awards. In 2004 Badu returned to the screen playing Lady/Bernadette in House of D. Badu also had small roles in Before the Music Dies (2005), and Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006). She is reported to have a leading role alongside Mos Def in the upcoming indie film, Bobby Zero, which tells a story of a struggling couple, who hit rock bottom after Mos Def's character gives up his artistic dream to pursue an advertising corporate job to live on. She also appeared in scenes of the music video of Miko Marks' 2006 recording "Mama" and Common's video for "The Light," as well as making a special appearance on the sitcom Girlfriends.
  • 1997
    Age 25
    Baduizm, Badu's debut album, was released in early 1997.
    More Details Hide Details The album was met with critical and commercial success, debuting at number two on the Billboard charts and number one on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Baduizms commercial and critical success helped establish Badu as one of the emerging neo soul genre's leading artists. Her particular style of singing drew many comparisons to Billie Holiday. Baduizm was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, Gold by the British Phonographic Industry and the Canadian Recording Industry Association. The album produced four singles, the lead single "On & On" was released in January 1996, and reached number twelve on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts and the UK Singles Charts, as well as making an appearance on the New Zealand charts. The album and lead single also gave Badu her first nomination and win at the Grammy Awards, where On & On won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and the album won Best R&B Album.
    Badu's first live album, Live, was released on November 18, 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.
    More Details Hide Details Badu's second studio album, Mama's Gun, was released on October 31, 2000. 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. Badu's third album, Worldwide Underground, was released on September 16, 2003. 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. Badu's fourth album, New Amerykah Part One, was released on February 26, 2008. 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.
    Her first album, Baduizm, was released on February 11, 1997.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
  • 1995
    Age 23
    In 1995, Badu became involved with rapper André 3000 of OutKast, with whom she had her first child, a son named Seven Sirius Benjamin, who was born on November 18, 1997. Their relationship ended sometime in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Their relationship inspired André 3000 to write the song "Ms. Jackson".
  • 1994
    Age 22
    Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in 1994 in her hometown; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born in 1971.
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