Erica "Erykah Badu" Wright was born in Dallas on February 26th, 1971. Badu's early childhood was filled with 70's soul music and 80's hip-hop which beautifully shaped her musical output. Erykah got her big break when she opened up for D'Angelo in 1994. She went on to impress D'Angelo's manager which pushed him to sign Badu to his label Kedar Entertainment. This gave her the platform to release her debut album "Baduizm" that housed the hit single "On & On" and went on to sell three million copies. This classic album also gifted Badu with her first two Grammy wins: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album. After taking time off to raise her children, she returned in 2000 with her second album "Mama's Gun & Worldwide Underground" that went on to be a platinum selling album with the grammy nominated song "Bag Lady".
Although her following two albums "New Amerykah Part One & Two" did not sell as well as her first two efforts, they still were received fairly well by critics and her peers alike. Her latest mixtape "But You Caint Use My Phone" (2015) served as a great reminder to the music game that her talent and voice is timeless. Featured on the mixtape, an amazing duet with ex-husband Andre 3000 on "Hello", a remix of Drake's Hotline Bling "Cel U Lar Device", and "I Can Make You Put Your Phone Down" all became hit singles.
Erykah Badu stated in this interview that she suffers for her art as she puts everything she has into it and although she appreciates the sentiment, she doesn't like being labeled as the "Queen of Neo-Soul". Nonetheless, she is still thought of and received as such for her creativity and legendary presence on tracks in the music game.
Bless your ears with some great energy from Ms. Badu below!