There are few artists that can record a debut album and instantly have it considered a classic, but that is exactly what Erykah has done on this 1997 release. Her style is so fresh, her voice so beautiful (she's been compared to Billie Holiday) that as soon as I first heard this album, nothing else went into my CD player for weeks. Her songs are positive, loving, spiritual, funny and poignant. (And if you're not a fan of BET or MTV and have never had a chance to see Erykah's videos, try to give them a look. Not only did she write and produce her album, she directs her own videos, which are gems.) During a time when so much of current R&B is wallowing in a wasteland of name-dropping and label-flashing, Baduizm
is such good food for the soul it'd be a crying shame to miss it. Highly, highly recommended.
Baduizm is the debut album of R&B and neo soul musician Erykah Badu, released February 11, 1997 on Kedar Records.. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-04-13. Recording sessions for the album took place during January to October 1996 at Battery Studios in New York City, Sigma Sounds & Ivory Studios in Philadelphia, and Dallas Sound Lab in Dallas. Production was handled by Badu, Madukwu Chinwah, John Meredith, James Poyser, and The Roots. Baduizm serves as a landmark album in the neo soul genre, as it helped develop its popularity and commercial visibility at the time of the album's release.
Baduizm established Badu as a popular artist and received reviews lauding her return to the simplicity of early-1970s soul. (And, - "Like the conscious soul era it invoked - the Stevies , Slys and Marvins and Curtis Mayfields of the early '70s - its politics and social comment strived to be inclusive, to understand why a vicious, materialist attitude had permeated black culture since the Reagan '80s.") Garry Mulholland Fear of Music p. 292 Badu's original claim to fame was bass-heavy, groovy beats and emotionally charged lyrics. The most popular song from the album, which led to her subsequent fame, was "On & On". On July 17, 2007, a special edition of Baduizm was released which contains the original album plus a bonus CD which contains different versions on "On & On", "Appletree", "Next Lifetime", and "A Child With the Blues" (originally featured in the film Eve's Bayou).
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.O'Donnell, David. . BBC Music. Retrieved on 2009-08-03. 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.Shapiro (2006), p. 104–105.Nelson, Trevor. . TrevorNelson. Retrieved on 2009-03-30.Harvilla, Rob. . The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-03-31. Baduizm is listed as one of the 261 greatest albums since punk and disco (the year 1976), in the music critic Garry Mulholland's book Fear of Music (ISBN 0-75286-831-4). 'This record works as seduction soundtrack, Saturday night chill-out, Sunday morning church replacement. The success of Erykah Badu's masterpiece briefly threatened to inspire a new era in conscious soul. But only Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo were at her level. Baduizm stands alone, a missing link between '70s street funk, basement jazz, bohemian hip hop and the blues reinventions of Portishead."
*Erykah Badu - keyboard, vocals, background vocals
*Ron Carter - bass
*Madukwu Chinwah - voices
*Ike Lee III - keyboard
*N'Dambi - voices
*Bob Power - guitar, keyboard, multiple instruments
*Tone Da Backbone - multiple instruments
*Producers: Erykah Badu, Jafar Barron, Robert Bradford, Madukwu Chinwah, Jaborn Jamal, Ike Lee III, John Meredith, Richard Nichols, Bob Power, James Poyser, The Roots, Tone Da Backbone
*Executive producer: Kedar Massenburg
*Engineers: Lee Anthony, Tim Donovan, Michael Gilbert, Dave Ivory, Anthony Lee, Bob Power, Frank Salazar, Chris Trevett
*Assistant engineers: Tim Donovan, Sharon Kearney, Charles McCrorey, John Meredith
*Mixing: Ken Ifill, Tim Latham, Bob Power
*Mixing assistants: Martin Czembor, Tim Donovan, Paul Shatraw
*Programming: Erykah Badu, Ike Lee III, Bob Power, Tone Da Backbone
*Drum programming: Erykah Badu, John Meredith
*Art direction: Sandie Lee Drake
*Design: Susan Bibeau
*Photography: Marc Baptiste
*Stylist: Andrew Dosunmu
Billboard (North America)
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Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu (), is an American recording artist, record producer 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".
Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps. For her musical sensibilities, she has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians, and is also an actress having appeared in a number of films playing a range of supporting roles in movies such as Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, and House of D, she is also very prominent in the documentary film Before the Music Dies.
Life and career
Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright in South Dallas, Texas, on February 26, 1971. Her Nigerian mother raised her and her brother and sister alone; their father, William Wright, Jr., had deserted the family early in their lives. To provide for her family, the children's grandmother often helped looking after them while Erykah's mother, Kolleen Maria Gipson (Wright), performed as an actress in theatrical productions. Influenced by her mother, Erykah had her first taste of show business at the age of 4, singing and dancing with her mother at the Dallas Theatre Centre.
By the age of 14, Erykah was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove. In her early youth, she decided to change the spelling of her name from Erica to Erykah, as she firmly believed her original name to be her slave name. The term 'kah' signifies the inner self. Badu is also an African name for the 10th born child used for the Akan people in Ghana.
Upon graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Badu went on to study theater at the historically black college Grambling State University. Concentrating on music full-time, she left the university in 1993 before graduating and took on several minimum wage jobs to support herself. She taught drama and dance to children at the South Dallas Cultural Center. Working and touring with her cousin, Robert "Free" Bradford, she recorded a 19-song demo, Country Cousins, which attracted the attention of Kedar Massenburg, who set Badu up to record a duet with D'Angelo, "Your Precious Love," and eventually signed her to a record deal with Universal Records.
Baduizm, Badu's highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts. Lead single "On & On" reached #12 on the singles charts in both the U.S. and UK. Badu received notice for her introspective lyrics and jazzy, bass-heavy sound, and was hailed as one of the leading lights of the burgeoning neo soul genre. Her particular style of singing drew many comparisons to Billie Holiday.;) Baduizm eventually went triple platinum and, along with "On & On," won Grammy Awards at the 1998 ceremonies.
During that year, Badu became involved with rapper André 3000 of OutKast, with whom she had a child, Seven, who was born in 1997. Their relationship ended sometime in the late 90s. Badu recorded her first live album, Live, while pregnant with Seven, and the release of the recording coincided with the birth of her child. Live reached #4 on the Billboard charts, selling double platinum, and spawned another R&B hit single in "Tyrone", a song chiding a selfish, cheap, and inattentive boyfriend. 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. She was featured on the song "You Got Me", co-written by Jill Scott, which hit the top 40 and won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
After taking some time off to raise her child, Badu returned in 2000 with Mama's Gun, an album 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 who 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.
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By 2000, Badu was in a romantic relationship with fellow Soulquarian Common, and "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" was released as a collaboration between the two on the Brown Sugar soundtrack. "Love of My Life" hit #9 on the pop charts, topped the R&B listings, and Badu was awarded her fourth Grammy Award for the song in 2003.
After the release of Mama's Gun and "Love of My Life", Badu went through a period of writer's block. She hit the road throughout 2002 and much of 2003 on what she dubbed the "Frustrated Artist Tour", in search of inspiration to write and perform new material. The conclusion of the tour saw Badu head back to the studio with new material, and in September 2003, the Worldwide Underground album was released. More jam-oriented than any of her prior releases, Badu was quoted as saying that the release was designed to serve as one continuous groove. Worldwide Underground reached #3 on the Billboard charts and was certified gold not long after its release, and Badu received four further Grammy nominations for the album.
Badu also contributed to Zap Mama's album Ancestry in Progress (2004), adding her vocals to the track "Bandy Bandy."
After almost four years and the birth of a daughter, Puma, it was revealed in 2007 that Badu had three albums in the works over the course of 2007 and 2008. "Honey", a new single produced by 9th Wonder, was leaked online in November 2007, and the new album, titled New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), was released on February 26, 2008. According to Nielsen Soundscan, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) has sold 359,000 copies in the United States http Erykah Badu performed at the 10th annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans the weekend before Halloween 2008.
Erykah Badu released her fifth studio album, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) on March 30, 2010.
An "Icon" CD series of Badu was released on August 31, 2010. It features 12 of the most favorable hits from different albums of Erykah Badu.
Badu's lyrics challenge listeners with their highly personal, emotional, philosophical, and political content. She weaves disparate musical influences together creating a rich texture of sound. References to old school rappers and songs add a general hip hop sensibility to her music. In addition, much of her songs are influenced by jazz, and can thus be categorized as acid jazz as well.
Some music journalists have labeled her nu soul or neo soul, often comparing her to Billie Holiday in lyrical delivery and grouping her with D'Angelo in musical genre. An eclectic collaborator, she has performed with artists from many different genres and backgrounds, among them roots reggae musician and singer Burning Spear.
In the May 2008 Peach Magazine issue, Badu reflected on her change in genre and former practice of wearing headwraps. Having been dubbed the "Queen of Neo-Soul" in the 90's, she found the label inaccurate and meaningless, saying:
But she states she definitely knows who she is today.
A producer and director of her own videos and stage shows, Badu stated:
On Sesame Street, she sang "We're All Friends" with Elmo, Baby Bear, Rosita, and Zoe. (EKA: Episode 3712) circa 1997.
Badu splits her time between Dallas and Brooklyn, NY in her Fort Greene apartment. Badu has three children. Her eldest child is a son named Seven Sirius, born in 1997, with ex-partner André 3000 of OutKast. From 2000 to 2002, she dated rapper Common. On July 5, 2004, Badu gave birth to a daughter, Puma Sabti, in her Dallas home; Puma's father is West Coast rapper The D.O.C., who is originally from Dallas, Texas. On February 1, 2009, Badu gave birth to her third child at home, a girl named Mars Merkaba, with her boyfriend of five years, rapper Jay Electronica. In attendance were her two children, Puma and Seven.
After her performance at the 2010 Soul Train Awards, pregnancy rumors swarmed around her heavier appearance and her concealing attire. It was said that Badu was pregnant for a fourth time, now by the police officer that allegedly arrested her during the production of her Window Seat music video. Badu quickly dispelled the rumors via her Twitter account December 1, 2010 as she proclaimed "everyone knows I was NEVER ARRESTED for the window seat VIDEO nor put on probation.I only got A TICKET in the mail. and I am NOT PREGNANT," "not pregnant . just chubby."http
Badu also remains an activist in her hometown of South Dallas. Her charity organization, Beautiful Love Incorporated Non Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D. 501c3), provides community-driven development for inner-city youth through music, dance, theater and visual arts. In the publication VegNews Magazine, July–August 2008, Ms. Badu stated: "Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure".
Badu appeared in the films Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, House of D, Before the Music Dies, and Dave Chappelle's Block Party. 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 dream of artistic aspirations to pursue a advertising corporate job to make ends meet. 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. She was named the latest muse to fashion designer Tom Ford in 2008 as the face of his White Patchouli fragrance. Ford, also long time friends with Badu, considered her the best choice for the campaign. “I have always considered her a true beauty … she just fits”, says Ford.
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On March 13, 2010,Hauk, Hunter. DallasNews.com. 29 March 2010. Erykah Badu shed her clothes as she walked along a Dallas, Texas, sidewalk until she was nude at the site where President Kennedy was assassinated. Suddenly, a shot rang out as the song ended; Badu's head jerked back and she fell to the ground. The result was a controversial video for her song "Window Seat", which Badu wrote on her Twitter feed "was shot guerrilla style, no crew, 1 take, no closed set, no warning, 2 min., Downtown Dallas, then ran like hell." Kwtx.com. 30 March 2010. Children with their families could be seen nearby as Badu stripped without any permission in Dealey Plaza, a popular tourist spot since Kennedy's 1963 assassination. Myfoxdfw.com. 29 Mar 2010. 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". Badu also explained on The Wanda Sykes Show on April 3, 2010, that it was not her intention to insult the memory of the late President Kennedy, saying "My point was grossly misunderstood all over America. 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."Hanek, Joel. MTV.com. 5 April 2010. Coodie and Chike, directors of the Window Seat video, admitted they had bail money ready during filming if Badu was to be 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 Friday, April 2, 2010, Badu was charged with disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor, in relation to the music video. "Sgt. Warren Mitchell said Friday the decision to cite Badu for disorderly conduct — 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 . Espinosa declined to comment to The Associated Press on Friday." On April 28, 2010, Badu challenged the disorderly conduct charge by pleading not guilty rather than paying the fee by mail. On Friday, August 13, she pleaded, deferred adjudication, meaning that the final judgment in the situation has been deferred until a later time and paid the $500 ticket.
* Baduizm (1997)
* Mama's Gun (2000)
* Worldwide Underground (2003)
* New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (2008)
* New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) (2010)
* Live (1997)
* Baduizm Tour (1997)
* Mama's Gun Tour (2001)
* Frustrated Artist Tour (2003)
* Worldwide Underground Tour (2004)
* Sugar Water Festival Tour (2005)
* Summer Tour (2006)
* The Vortex Tour (2008)
* Jam Tour (2009)
* Out My Mind, Just In Time Tour (2010)
* Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
* The Cider House Rules (1999)
* House of D (2004)
* Before the Music Dies (2006)
* Dave Chapelle's Block Party (2006)
* Yo Gabba Gabba! (2009)
* List of awards and nominations received by Erykah Badu
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