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Erykah Badu

Background information
Birth name Erica Abi Wright
Born February 2, 1971 (age 36)
Origin Dallas, Texas, United States
Genre(s) R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1997–present
Label(s) Universal/MCA Records (1997–1999)
Motown/Universal Records (1999–present)
Website ErykahBadu.com

Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright, February 26, 1971, in Dallas, Texas) is an American neo-soul, R&B/hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. She is best known for her singles "You Got Me," her collaboration with The Roots; as well as her own songs "Tyrone"; "Next Lifetime"; "On & On"; "Bag Lady"; and "Clevah." Influenced early on by singers such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Chaka Khan, (her all-time favorite artist), Erykah was taking to the local radio microphones, freestyling on the air by the age of 14. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 402 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Erykah Badu ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856  - Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City  385. ... Official language(s) English (de facto) See also languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rhythm and blues (aka R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Universal Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group. ... The Music Corporation of America, commonly known as MCA, is a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment Group, is the largest business group and family of record labels in the recording industry. ... February 26 is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856  - Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City  385. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a musical genre that fuses contemporary R&B, 1970s style soul, hip hop and jazz. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century, mostly popular in the 1920s. ... The Roots, also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy winning Philadelphia-based hip hop group, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] a singular musical talent, is an African American singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and social activist. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953 in Great Lakes, Illinois) is an American singer best known for her 1984 cover of Princes I Feel For You, for her smash hit Im Every Woman and as a member of the funk band Rufus, with whom...

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Biography

While a dance student at Booker T. Washington High, Dallas's performing arts magnet school, "MC Apples" (her high school nickname) used her freestyle rap skills as a member of a female hip-hop duo. Not only was she known as MC Apples, but she would also no longer be known as Erica—as she felt it was a slave name—and opted to change her name by adding "Kah" to the end (rather than "Ca"), since "kah" denotes the inner self. Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, is a public high school located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA). ... Hip Hop-themed graffiti emerged in New York in the 1970s Hip hop (also set hip-hop or hiphop) is both a music genre and a cultural movement developed in urban communities starting in the 1970s, predominantly by African Americans and Latinos – primarily those of Puerto Rican ethnic heritage. ...


She went from Wright to Badu, as it was similar to a sound she made while scatting[citation needed] (incidentally, she later learned that Badu is Arabic for "to manifest truth and light").


Once a high school graduate, Erykah went on to study theater at the historical Black college Grambling State University. Since she wanted to concentrate on music full-time, she decided to leave the university in 1993 before graduating and took on several minimum wage jobs to support herself. She even taught drama and dance to children at the South Dallas Cultural Center. GSU athletics logo, highly reminiscent of the Green Bay Packers logo. ...


Her lyrics are highly personal urban philosophies which throw emotional challenges in the face of the listener. She weaves unusual musical influences together creating a rich texture of sound. In many aspects she remains the quintessential Hip-Hop B-Girl, although she no longer rhymes.


Some music journalists have labeled her Nu soul or neo soul, often comparing her to Billie Holiday in lyrical delivery and grouping her with Maxwell and D'Angelo in musical genre. She has performed with roots rock reggae musician and singer Burning Spear. Nu soul (AKA neo soul) is a musical genre that fuses R&B, 1970s style soul, and hip hop. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a musical genre that fuses contemporary R&B, 1970s style soul, hip hop and jazz. ... Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), born Eleanora Fagan and later called Lady Day, was an American singer known equally for her difficult life and her emotive, poignant singing voice. ... Maxwell, on the cover of his 2001 Now album. ... DAngelo (born Michael Eugene Archer on February 11, 1974 in Richmond, Virginia) is a Grammy Award winning American soul singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Roots Reggae is the name given to Rastafarian reggae music from Jamaica, which evolved from Ska and Rocksteady and made famous by the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Marley. ... Jah man! Winston Rodney (born March 1, 1948) a. ...


Badu has a son named Seven (b. 1997) with ex-boyfriend André 3000 of OutKast fame. On July 5, 2004, Badu gave birth to a daughter, Puma, in her Dallas home; the father is reportedly the hip-hop MC known as The D.O.C..[1] André 3000 (born André Lauren Benjamin on May 27, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American rapper, hip hop producer and actor. ... OutKast is a multi-Grammy American hip hop duo based out of Atlanta, Georgia. ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The D.O.C. is the stage name of Tracy Lynn Curry (born June 10, 1970), an American rapper born in Houston, Texas who moved to West Dallas, Texas, then later lived in Compton, California, to join the creative force behind the rap group N.W.A. Prior to his...


Badu also serves as an activist in south Dallas where she grew up. Her charity organization, Beautiful Love Incorporated Non Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.) provides community-driven development for inner-city youth through music, dance, theater and visual arts. Badu has teamed up with contemporary painter Dawn Okoro to hold art shows which help raise funds for B.L.I.N.D. South Dallas is a district in Dallas, Texas, USA. // Neighborhoods Cedars Expo Park Fair Park Pleasant Grove Wheatley Place Transportation Trains Light rail DART: Blue Line + Red Line Cedars Station Categories: | ... Dawn Okoro (born in 1980, in Houston,Texas), is an American Contemporary painter and activist. ...


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 also appeared in scenes of the music video of Miko Marks' 2006 recording 'Mama' and Common's video for "The Light." Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 musical/comedy film and sequel to the highly successful 1980 film The Blues Brothers. ... The Cider House Rules book cover This article relates to the novel, The Cider House Rules by John Irving. ... In House of D, which was David Duchovnys directorial debut, Duchovny plays an American artist living in Paris, who reminisces about growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1970s. ... Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ...


Discography

A side profile of Badu and her large afro on the cover of Worldwide Underground.
A side profile of Badu and her large afro on the cover of Worldwide Underground.

Image File history File links Ebadu2. ... Image File history File links Ebadu2. ... An afro, sometimes called a natural or shortened to fro, is a hairstyle in which the hair extends out from the head like a halo, cloud or ball. ... Worldwide Underground is the fourth album by American nu soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ...

Albums

Baduizm is the debut album by American nu soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... Live is the second album by American nu soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 1997 (see 1997 in music). ... Heartache is an early recording by Erykah Badu under her real name Erika Wright. ... Mamas Gun is the third album by American nu soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... Worldwide Underground is the fourth album by American nu soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ...

Singles

  • "On & On" (1997) (Gold) US #12; US R&B #1; UK #12
  • "Next Lifetime" (1997) UK #30
  • "Otherside of the Game" (1997)
  • "Apple Tree" (1997) UK #47
  • "Tyrone" (1997)
  • "Southern Gul" ft. Rahzel (1999) US #76; US R&B #24
  • "Bag Lady" (2000) US #6; US R&B #1
  • "Didn't Cha Know" (2000) US R&B #28
  • "Cleva" (2001) US R&B #77
  • "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" (2002) US #9; US R&B #1
  • "Danger" (2003) US #82; US R&B #27
  • "Back in the Day" (2004) US R&B #62

On & On is the title of a Grammy-winning number-one R&B single by singer Erykah Badu. ... The name Tyrone can refer to: A county in Northern Ireland; see County Tyrone An Earl of Tyrone A small steam train which runs between Bushmills and the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. ... Rahzel (born Rahzel M. Brown) is an American rapper. ... Bag Lady is a song off of singer Erykah Badus 2000 album Mamas Gun. ... Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop) is the title of a number-one R&B single by singer Erykah Badu and rapper Common, it spent four weeks at number-one on the US R&B chart. ...

Other musical recordings

This section excludes recordings which solely sample Erykah Badu's recordings

DAngelo (born Michael Eugene Archer on February 11, 1974 in Richmond, Virginia) is a Grammy Award winning American soul singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. ... High School High is a 1996 comedy about an inner city high school in the Los Angeles, California, area, starring Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Mekhi Phifer, and Louise Fletcher. ... Trevor Smith, Jr. ... When Disaster Strikes is the sophomore album by Busta Rhymes, released on September 23, 1997. ... Common (formerly Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... One Day Itll All Make Sense is an album from Chicago based rapper Common. ... The Roots, also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy winning Philadelphia-based hip hop group, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. ... DAngelo (born Michael Eugene Archer on February 11, 1974 in Richmond, Virginia) is a Grammy Award winning American soul singer, pianist, guitarist, songwriter, and record producer. ... Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent DOnofrio. ... Hav Plenty (1997) is a true story based on an eventful weekend in the life of Lee Plenty (Christopher Scott Cherot). ... Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 musical/comedy film and sequel to the highly successful 1980 film The Blues Brothers. ... OutKast is a multi-Grammy American hip hop duo based out of Atlanta, Georgia. ... Aquemini is a 1998 album by hip hop group OutKast (Big Boi, André Benjamin). ... Andre Levins (born August 29, 1982 in Hempstead, New York) is an American rapper, also known as A+. His career began in 1995, when he won a national competition sponsored by Def Jam Records. ... The Roots, also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy winning Philadelphia-based hip hop group, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. ... Things Fall Apart released in 1999 is a hip hop album by the Philadelphia based group The Roots. ... Robert Nesta Marley OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Chant Down Babylon is a remix album by various hip hop artists covering songs by Bob Marley & The Wailers, released in 1999. ... Born July 17, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, Guru (and occasionally Baldhead Slick), is an American rapper, and the lyrical half of Gang Starr, together with DJ Premier. ... Common (formerly Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... Bamboozled is a 2000 satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the violent fall-out from the shows success. ... Talib Kweli (born Talib Kweli Greene in Brooklyn, NY on October 3, 1975) is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. ... Hi-Tek is an American Rawkus Records alternative hip hop artist from Cincinnati. ... OutKast is a multi-Grammy American hip hop duo based out of Atlanta, Georgia. ... Stankonia is a hip hop album by OutKast, released by La Face records (a subcorporation of Arista, BMG) on October 31, 2000. ... Rahzel (born Rahzel M. Brown) is an American rapper. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... The Id is a Macy Gray album released in 2001. ... Common (formerly Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... Brown Sugar is a 2002 romantic drama film, written by Michael Elliott and Rick Famuyiwa, and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. ... Common (formerly Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... This article is about a music album. ... Common (formerly Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... Common (formerly Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. ... Roy Hargrove, born in 1969 in Waco, Texas, has gone from a child prodigy to become an established young jazz trumpeter, with several albums as a leader under his belt. ... A Tribe Called Quest is an influential rap group of the 1990s. ... MISIA ), born July 7, 1978, in Fukuoka, Japan) is a female Japanese R&B singer. ... MARS & ROSES is MISIAs 5th studio album. ... Zap Mama is a Belgian musical group headed by Marie Daulne. ... Ancestry In Progress is the fifth solo album of Zap Mama. ... Roy Ayers (born September 10, 1940, Los Angeles) is a funk, soul and jazz vibraphone player. ... Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ... Bilal (born Bilal Sayeed Oliver on August 23, 1979, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is a neo soul musician and member of the musical collective known as Soulquarians. ... Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ... Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ... Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is a Grammy Award-winning jazz, rhythm and blues, and neo-soul singer and songwriter from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ... Sérgio Santos Mendes, pron. ... William James Adams Jr. ... Sérgio Santos Mendes, pron. ... Timeless is a 2006 album by Sergio Mendes. ... Strange Fruit Project is an underground hip hop group from Waco, Texas, which consists of producer and emcee Symbolyc One (also known as S1), emcee Myth (short for Mythological) and emcee Myone (pronouned My Own, originally from Indiana). ... The Healing is the third album by underground hip hop group Strange Fruit Project, released July 25, 2006 on Om Records. ... Cedric Tuck, mostly known by his rap or stage name Big Tuck, is an African-American rapper born and raised in Dallas, Texas. ...

Filmography

Blues Brothers 2000 is a 1998 musical/comedy film and sequel to the highly successful 1980 film The Blues Brothers. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... The Cider House Rules book cover This article relates to the novel, The Cider House Rules by John Irving. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... In House of D, which was David Duchovnys directorial debut, Duchovny plays an American artist living in Paris, who reminisces about growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1970s. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dave Chappelles Block Party (aka Block Party) is a documentary film hosted and written by comedian Dave Chappelle, and directed by Michel Gondry. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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NAME Wright, Erica Abi
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Erykah Badu
SHORT DESCRIPTION American singer
DATE OF BIRTH February 26, 1971
PLACE OF BIRTH Dallas, Texas
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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ERYKAH BADU - BIOGRAPHY- hip online (1055 words)
Erykah Badu fuses the jazz, RandB and hip-hop influences of a lifetime, and does so not only with her voice, but with many talents: writing, producing, directing, poetry, dance, drama, and visual art.
Badu's debut album, Baduizm (Kedar/Universal, 1997), was both a personal triumph and a landmark for RandB: entering the national album chart at No. 2, it was the highest debut of a new female artist to that date, and it heralded a talent that was fully-formed and mature, yet obviously destined to grow even more.
Badu's commanding on-screen presence, apparent from the first viewing of "On and On," was repeatedly confirmed by her subsequent acting roles: cameos on the daytime drama One Life To Live and Blues Brothers 2000, and especially her moving, honest work in The Cider House Rules.
When Weird Works: Outkast and Erykah Badu (1705 words)
Badu, James Poyser, Rashad (Ringo) Smith and RC Williams —; and returned from hibernation with "Worldwide Underground," which her record company is marketing, rather apologetically, as a 50-minute EP.
Badu seems just as convinced that love can be terrifying, and her album suggests that desire is a form of spirit possession.
Badu suggests that love is sorcery: when she intones, "I got the hazel eyes/ To make your nature rise," she seems to be casting a spell.
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