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Erykah Badu

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Neo-soul’s most entertaining figures have been those who go their own way, willing to offer more than just allegiance to Stevie, Aretha and Curtis. On her debut, Baduizm, Erykah Badu made 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. Soon enough, she was not only a star in the R&B market, but a welcome presence on the female-centric Lilith Fair tour, whose own Sarah McLachlan doubtless recognized the need for Badu’s brand of funk.

Customer Reviews

Gimme that rim shot!

I used to groove to this album as a little girl when it was a cassette tape (oh how archaic). About 10 years later I suddenly got a craving for Erykah's lilting vocals, intelligent lyrics and ever-present rim shots, so I bought it again for my iPod. This is a great album for anyone who likes good melodies and soulful music and it is definitely one of my staple albums. You won't regret the purchase! Gotta love bass and simple drums, though, as the arrangement is very similar for each song, but hey, that's what makes this album the cohesive, wonderful thing it is.

This is how R&B CDs is suppose to be

This Legendary album is the best R&B/soul album in 97' or in any year. I agree with every body else, I am so sick of these Rap/Hip-Hop stars like Rick Ross, Shwanna, etc, who are ruining the music with there sloppy CDs. That's why we need more artists like Erykah Badu, The Roots, Jill Scott, Jay-z, Scarface, 2pac, Mos Def and Talib Kwali, etc


Out speaks the voice of a true living poet. Self Impowerment for all African-Americans and Women. Passionate and SoulFILLED Music. Enjoy.


Born: February 26, 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...
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