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Erykah Badu - 20 Feet Tall
Erykah Badu - 20 Feet Tall
Then you, you built a wall a
20 foot wall so I couldnt see
But if I get off my off my knee
I might recall Im 20 feet tall
The Robert Glasper Experiment w/ Erykah Badu show at SXSW personally one of my favorites. Smooth instrumentals, Erykah Badu performing a great melody of a few songs. And the Robert Glasper Experiment cover songs from their Black Radio EP doing cover such as No Church in the Wild and a Dilla tribute. This alone was worth admission to SXSW.
Erykah Badu ft. Zigaboo Modeliste & The Dap Kings - A La Modeliste (2012)
Erykah Badu performing at the 2012 AfroPunk Festival in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Photo by Tori Gene McCarthy
Erykah Badu & My Morning Jacket - The Day Is Coming (2011)
Erykah Badu & My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus (2011)
Erykah Abi Wright/Erykah Badu: Why she kicks ass
- She is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist 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. 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. 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 also speaks at length in the documentaries Before the Music Dies and “The Black Power Mixtapes”.
- 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, she 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 her favorite jazz scat sound and 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.
- Badu’s style is a prime illustration of Neo-Soul, in that it focuses on the contemporary styles of the genres soul and hip hop and it sends out a deeper message as opposed to common R&B music. The songs in Badu’s album, “Baduizm” exemplifies her personal take on life.
- 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 1999 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. She 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. She also collaborated with the Roots 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 the release of Mama’s Gun and “Love of My Life”, Badu experienced 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 her head back to the studio with new material, and in September 2003, the third studio album Worldwide Underground 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.
- After almost four years and the birth of a daughter, Puma in 2004, 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 fourth studio 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. Erykah Badu performed at the 10th annual Voodoo Experience in New Orleans the weekend before Halloween 2008.
- 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, 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”.