Erykah Badu



Erica “Erykah” Abi Wright (born 26 February 1971). Better known as Erykah Badu, 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 her hometown. Record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. Her first album, Baduizm, was released on 11 February 1997. 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). Badu’s first live album, Live, was released on 18 November 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA. Badu’s second studio album, Mama’s Gun, was released on 31 October 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 16 September 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 26 February 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.

Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s along with artists like D’Angelo. Her work has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. 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.



Discography

Artist: Erykah Badu
Title: Window Seat
Album: New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)
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Title: The Healer
Album: New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
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Title: Back In The Day
Title: Worldwide Underground
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Title: Didn’t Cha Know
Album: Mama’s Gun
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Title: Sometimes (Mix #9)
Album: Baduizm
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Title: On and On
Album: Neo Soul Classic, Vol. 1 (Explicit)
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Title: Stay Together
Album: Neo Soul Classic, Vol. 2 (Explicit)
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Artist: Erykah Badu
Title: Love of My Life
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Albums
Studio albums

New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) (2010 Label: Universal Motown). New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (2008 Label: Universal Motown). Worldwide Underground (2003 Label: Motown). Mama’s Gun (2000 Label: Motown). Baduizm (1997 Label: Kedar, Universal).

Live albums
Live (1997 Label: Kedar).

Compilation albums
Icon (2010 Label: Universal).

Mixtapes
But You Caint Use My Phone (2015 Label: Motown, Control Freaq).

Singles
As lead artist

“Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long” (2011 Album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)). “Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY)” (2010 Album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)). “Window Seat” (2010 Album New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)).  “Healer” (2008 Album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)). “Soldier” (2008 Album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War). “Honey” (2007 Album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War). “Back in the Day (Puff)” (2004 Album Worldwide Underground). “Danger” (2003 Album Worldwide Underground). “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)” (featuring Common) (2002 Album Worldwide Underground).

“Cleva” (2001 Album Mama’s Gun). “Didn’t Cha Know?” (2000 Album Mama’s Gun). “Bag Lady” (2000 Album Mama’s Gun). “Southern Gul” (featuring Rahzel) (1999 Album Make the Music 2000). “Tyrone” (1997 Album Live). “Apple Tree” (1997 Album Baduizm). “Otherside of the Game” (1997 Album Baduizm). “Next Lifetime” (1997 Album Baduizm). “On & On” (1996 Album Baduizm).

As featured artist

“Q.U.E.E.N.” (Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu) (2013 Album The Electric Lady). “See Thru to U” (Flying Lotus featuring Erykah Badu) (2012 Album Until the Quiet Comes). “The Heart Gently Weeps” (Wu-Tang Clan featuring Erykah Badu, Dhani Harrison and John Frusciante) (2007 Album 8 Diagrams). “Get Live” (Strange Fruit Project featuring Erykah Badu) (2006 Album The Healing). “That Heat” (Sérgio Mendes featuring Erykah Badu and will.i.am) (2006 Album Timeless). “Bandy Bandy” (Zap Mama featuring Erykah Badu) (2004 Album Ancestry in Progress). “I C U (Doin’ It)” (Violator featuring A Tribe Called Quest and Erykah Badu) (2003 Non-album singles). “Come Close Remix (Closer)” (Common featuring Erykah Badu, Pharrell and Q-Tip) (2003 Non-album singles).

“Sweet Baby” (Macy Gray featuring Erykah Badu) (2001 Album The Id). “The Light” (Remix) (Common featuring Erykah Badu) (2000 Album Bamboozled: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). “You Got Me” (The Roots featuring Erykah Badu) (1999 Album Things Fall Apart). “One” (Busta Rhymes featuring Erykah Badu) (1998 Album When Disaster Strikes…). “All Night Long” (Common featuring Erykah Badu) (1998 Album One Day It’ll All Make Sense).

Promotional singles

“Poetry” (The RH Factor featuring Erykah Badu and Q-Tip) (2003 Album Hard Groove). “The Blast” (Remix) (Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek featuring Erykah Badu) (2001 Non-album single). “Your Precious Love” (with D’Angelo) (1999 Album High School High: The Soundtrack).

Guest appearances

“WiFi” D.R.A.M. (2016 Album Big Baby D.R.A.M.). “Maiysha (So Long)” Miles Davis, Robert Glasper (2016 Album Everything’s Beautiful). “Rememory” Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment (2015 Album Surf). “Treehome95” Tyler, The Creator, Coco O (2013 Album Wolf). “Cure” Papoose (2013 Album The Nacirema Dream). “Heaven for the Sinner” Bonobo (2013 Album The North Borders). “Drivin Round” Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch, Masta Killa, GZA (2012 Album Wu Block). “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” The Flaming Lips (2012 Album The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends), Dam(n) Rocket Juice & the Moon, Manifest (2012 Album Rocket Juice & the Moon).

“Hey Shooter” Rocket Juice & the Moon (2012 Album Rocket Juice & the Moon). “Afro Blue” Robert Glasper Experiment (2012 Black Album Radio). “20 Feet Tall” (Remix) 9th Wonder, Rapsody (2011 Album The Wonder Years). “Silly” David Banner, 9th Wonder (2010 Album Death of a Pop Star). “Maybach Music III” Rick Ross, T.I., Jadakiss (2010 Album Teflon Don).

“Dirty Beauty” Sa-Ra Creative Partners (2009 Album Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love). “Vibrate On” None (2009 Album Girlfriends: The Soundtrack). “Hold On” Pharoahe Monch (2007 Album Desire). “Fly Away” Sa-Ra, Georgia Anne Muldrow (2007 Album The Hollywood Recordings). “Ain’t No Mistaken (Danger Part II)” Big Tuck (2006 Album Tha Absolute Truth). “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”,  Roy Ayers (2005 Album Mahogany Vibe). “Searching” (Extended Version) Roy Ayers (2005 Album Mahogany Vibe). “Searching” (2004 Album Mahogany Vibe). “Akai Inochi” Misia (2004 Album Mars & Roses). “Heaven Somewhere” Common, Omar, Cee-Lo, Bilal, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Lonnie “Pops” Lynn (2002 Album Electric Circus).

“Jimi Was a Rock Star” Common (2002 Album Electric Circus). “Aquarius”  Common, Bilal (2002 Album Electric Circus). “Today (Earth Song)” None (2001 Album Red Star Sounds Volume One: Soul Searching).  “Be Thankful” Omar (2001 Album Best by Far). “Humble Mumble” Outkast (2000 Album Stankonia). “Plenty” Guru (2000 Album Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 3: Streetsoul). “Hollywood” None (2000 Album Bamboozled: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). “No More Trouble” Bob Marley (1999 Album Chant Down Babylon). “Ye Yo” None (1998 Album Hav Plenty). “Funky Nassau” Joe Morton, Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, Paul Shaffer, The Blues Brothers Band (1998 Album Blues Brothers 2000: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). “A Child with the Blues” (Izm Mix) None (1997 Album Eve’s Bayou: The Collection), “A Child with the Blues” Terence Blanchard (1997 Album Eve’s Bayou: The Collection).

Other credits

“The ‘Notic” The Roots featuring D’Angelo (1997 Men in Black: The Album) Vocals. “Liberation” Outkast (1998 Album Aquemini) Additional vocals.

Music videos

“Out My Mind, Just in Time (Movement II)” (2011 Director(s) Erykah Badu). “Out My Mind, Just in Time (Movement I)” (2011 Director(s) Erykah Badu). “Fall in Love (Your Funeral)” (in-studio performance) (2011 Director(s) Unknown). “Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long” (2011 Director(s) Flying Lotus). “Window Seat Part II” (featuring Rick Ross) (2010 Director(s) Erykah Badu).  “Window Seat” (2010 Director(s) Coodie & Chike). “Jump Up in the Air and Stay There” (featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal) (2010 Director(s) Erykah Badu). “Honey” (2008 Director(s) Erykah Badu and Chris Robinson). “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)” (featuring Common) (2002 Director(s) Erykah Badu and Chris Robinson). “Didn’t Cha Know” (2001 Director(s) Erykah Badu). “Bag Lady” (2000 Director(s) Erykah Badu). “Tyrone (live) (1998 Director(s) Erykah Badu and J. Kevin Swain). “Other Side of the Game” (1997 Director(s) Erykah Badu). “Next Lifetime” (1997 Director(s) Erykah Badu and Troy Montgomery). “On & On” (1997 Director(s) Paul Hunter).

List of music videos as featured artist, showing year released and directors

“Q.U.E.E.N.” (Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu) (2013 Director(s) Alan Ferguson). “Western Esotericism” (The Flaming Lips featuring Erykah Badu) (2012 Director(s) George Salisbury). “That Heat” (Sérgio Mendes featuring Erykah Badu and will.i.am) (2006 Director(s) Syndrome and Nabil Elderkin).  “Bandy Bandy” (Zap Mama featuring Erykah Badu) (2005 Director(s) Bill Fishman). “You Got Me” (The Roots featuring Erykah Badu) (1999 Director(s) Charles Stone III).



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