8 Reasons Why We Love Erykah Badu, Music’s Most Beloved Weirdo


-By Phoebe Robinson

If you were a black girl during the summer of 1997, three things were of importance of to you: finding someone to grease your scalp while you watched Living Single, rooting for Serena and Venus Williams to become the tennis powerhouses they are today, and listening to Erykah Badu‘s debut disc Baduizm. Heck, even if you weren’t a black woman, you were well aware of that classic album. It sold over three million copies, highlighted Badu’s Billie Holiday-esque vocals, and secured her two Grammy awards, but most importantly, it announced her arrival as a force to be reckoned within the music industry. And while her popularity has waned a bit (whose hasn’t after 17 years in the business?), Badu’s legacy can be seen and felt all around us. Read on for 8 reasons why we still adore her.

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by (@sllambe)

32 Essential Neo Soul Artists (On 1 Playlist)

The return of Erykah Badu on Janelle Monae‘s new song, “Q.U.E.E.N.“, reminded us of a genre that hasn’t seen much love in the past few years: Neo Soul. In the late ’90s, it seemed like everyone was exploring a world of retro R&B influenced by soul and hip hop but these days, the artists channeling this vibe are far and few between. We rounded up 32 artists that helped define this genre of music. Read more…


Erykah Badu Keeps It Simple And Sexy On the Beach

Erykah Badu

We already knew Erykah Badu had a solid body, evidenced by the video for her 2010 single, “Window Seat.” But just in case anyone forgot, the soul singer took to a Miami beach and caught some sun in a simple black bikini.

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by (@Lacezilla)

When Cuffing Season Gets Sticky: Crushing On Someone Who’s Already Taken

If you thought yesterday’s Doin’ It Well playlist geared toward freaks was a tad scandalous, today’s Cuffin Season topic might really send your moral compasses whirling. In matters of the heart, we sometimes can’t control where our affections land, amiright? And in some instances, brewing feelings for someone who’s already in a relationship can be an unexpected reality that hits your bubble of awareness after it’s too late.

What’s the code of ethics to abide by when your heart and loins are telling you one thing, and your mind’s screaming the opposite? I’m no moral arbiter, but I do know one thing: whether the apple of your eye has been happily taken for years or is in the midst of a rocky separation from their significant other, wanting to scoop up someone who’s already cuffed is never an easy set of circumstances to end up in. The situations vary for everyone, too! Maybe your crush has no idea that you’re silently swooning in their presence, or maybe they’re aware of your feelings and have been stringing you along for months, dangling a I’ll-be-single-soon carrot in front of your face. Perhaps they’re recently single, but are still moping and fawning over their ex. Maybe they sincerely care for you and see a future together, but have been stuck in a repetitive break-up-to-make-up cycle that, from your vantage point, seems unlikely to end soon. Any of this drama sounding familiar, or am I just projecting?

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble: Wayne Coyne Says He Knew Erykah Badu Was An ‘Unpredictable Freak’

Coyne Says He Knew Erykah Badu Was An Unpredictable Freak

Upsetting Erykah Badu, again, must be the furthest thing from Wayne Coyne’s mind. In an interview with Rolling Stone he had a few choice words about the feud between him and Badu that played out quite interestingly on Twitter. If you don’t dabble in the world of social media here’s a brief recap: Badu and The Flaming Lips teamed up for a remake of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Coyne directed the video, which featured Badu, her sister, nudity, glitter and some thick (questionable) substances. Badu initially seemed excited until the video received backlash and criticism for its content. E. Badu took to Twitter to slam Coyne for allegedly releasing the video prematurely and eventually released an official statement telling Coyne to “kiss her glittery a–.” Read more…


The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Can Kiss Erykah Badu’s “Glittery A**” For Releasing Unfinished Music Video

Badu vs. Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Glitter is supposed to make everyone happy! Too bad glitter is not enough to settle the spat between Erykah Badu and The Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne. She had no problem with Coyne tweeting nude photos of her sister, Nayrock, who is also featured in the video for The Flaming Lips and Badu collaboration on “First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” According to, Ms. Badu was not pleased with the premature posting of the video on  She did not back down from her position even though all of Twitter was watching. We’re assuming the apology and accountability The Flaming Lips took for the concept of the video wasn’t quite enough to get back on her good side either. Read more…


Wayne Coyle Tweets Nude Photos Of Erykah Badu Look Alike– Her Sister

Nude Photos Tweeted by Wayne Coyle Aren't Erykah Badu

A nude Erykah Badu isn’t very shocking considering her 2010 booty bearing “Window Seat” video. What no one expected was filmmaker Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips to tweet nude photos of what appeared to be the very lovely (and in shape) soul singer. According to, Coyne and Badu are working on the video to the remake of Roberta Flack’s “First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.” So when he tweeted photos of a nude woman with long dreadlocks that resembled E. Badu, well, people assumed it was her. Not that anyone was complaining.  Uncensored photos after the jump. Read more…

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Tuned In: Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson, Zigaboo Modeliste And The Dap Kings Give “A La Modeliste” A Turn On Letterman

Erykah Badu is compelling on her own, charismatic and natural, with a voice that soaks into your skin and leaves you wanting more. Put Mark Ronson, The Dap Kings and Zigaboo Modeliste behind her, and you’ll be swooning for days. Performing their collaborative track, “A La Modeliste,” last night on The Late Show With David Letterman, Letterman himself summed it up to perfection at the end of the show, saying, “That’s it, that’s all you want, right there. That’s all we’re looking for!” And it really is. Start your day listening to the soul-filled song, from the joyful brass section, to Badu’s arresting voice and Ronson’s modest guitar and genius production skills. It’s all you need.

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by (@kat_george)

Last Lap: Simon Cowell’s Latest Talent Show Will Find The World’s Best DJ

Simon Cowell’s Latest Talent Show Will Find The World’s Best DJ
Simon Cowell (and Overbrook Entertainment, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s company) is preparing to launch a new reality show to search for the world’s best DJ. Cowell says, “DJs are the new rock stars, it feels like the right time to make this show.” What with all the club led anthems of 2011, we’re thinking Cowell might be hitting the doof-doof nail on the turntable. [BBC]

Lana Del Rey Still Babysits
Lana Del Rey is just a regular girl after all. Telling MTV that she still babysits when she’s at home, we can hear a resounding “naw!” echoing across the Internet. [MTV Buzz Worthy]

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