47 years ago, February 26, 1971 to be exact, a star was born. Though she was indeed brilliant, twinkling against the backdrop of a perfectly black void is what made her stand out even more. At the zenith of the gangster R&B singer, before the short-lived rebirth of soul was fully economized, Erykah Badu came along with the flow that was new like babys breath, but old like great grandmoms secret biscuit recipe.
From that time on, she has always had a penchant for singing in a manner that elicits emotions and commotions within that even the bearer herself couldnt possibly have imagined, could she? A pocket-sized force of nature, a living moon, and raging ocean, Badu is all that and then even more.
Through the outfits, the relationships, the controversial statements and wild outfits, Erykah Badu is still in a class all by her lonesome. Incorporating elements of ’70s funk, ’80s Hip-Hop and sprinkling them with production from some of the most soulful savants, Badus lane can be traversed by none but her.
Happy Birthday Erykah Badu, a living musical link between the distant the distant then, and the contemporary now.
To honor her, weve included some of our favorite Badu songs and videos for your enjoyment.
Next Life Time
BADU Retrospective 1997-2012 Robert Glasper’s Experiment Black Radio Project Afro Blue
Back in the Day
one of her best jams
Erykah Badu – Hello (Ft. Andre 3000) From the: Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone (Mixtape) 2015.