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Editors’ Notes

On her debut, Baduizm, Erykah Badu makes herself one of the late ’90s’ most irresistible singer-songwriters by attaching her slightly buttery, slightly vinegary pipes to jazz-informed, hip-hop-friendly grooves and an outlook at once spacey and grounded. “Other Side of the Game” took the point of view of a woman whose husband is deeply in the gangsta life; “Next Lifetime” displayed a sense of humor about Badu’s New Age beliefs by promising that reincarnation would eventually bring her together with a potential lover.

Customer Reviews

As Good As It Gets!

A totally gorgeous, timeless album & one I never tire of listening to, suits so many different moods & situations. Five stars all the way no question!

Simply Stunning Album

This is a timeless classic of an album. This girls voice just can't get any better. I love the jazz feel to this album and I think there is a track for everyone amongst all the gems here. Do yourself a favour and download this. If you do- you can thank me later!!!!!!

One off

Hip hop and r&b aren't my scene in the least, but Eryka Badu's voice, her intelligent, witty lyrics and songwriting skills make her one of the best talents to come out of the US in the past ten years. Plus this album goes down great with a cold beer.


Born: 26 February 1971 in Dallas, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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 languorous, 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...
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