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If you’ve checked out Erykah Badu’s latest mix tape, as you absolutely should, you might have noticed that there’s a duet with her baby daddy Andre 3000 called “Hello.”
The mix tape is all about songs centered around communicating, cell phones and what happens in relationships when those elements are combined.
Sampling the Isley’s Brother’s “Hello, It’s Me,” the song pretty much sticks to the theme of the original, a strained past or present relationship between two people who, despite their struggles, don’t want their partner to change.
Since we haven’t heard Andre and Erykah on a song together since Stankonia, it was nice to hear that special blend again.
In a recent interview with Billboard, 3 stacks explained how the unexpected collaboration came about. Turns out, it was a family affair.
Our son Seven and I were trying to figure out songs that could help her — songs that were related to the subject of the mixtape: phones. We came across [The Isley Brothers’ 1974 cover of Todd Rundgren’s] “Hello, It’s Me.” Ron Isley repeats the phrase “hello, hello” as if he was answering the phone. I told Erykah, “You should make this into a new song and get somebody to rap on it.” She was like, “Well, you should rap on it!” I’m happy it happened. It was a great reunion, because I don’t think people have heard a song from us in ages.
Then, later in the interview, Billboard, asked the comments he made back in 2014. (Andre said that he felt like a sell out during the Outkast Reunion tour.) A little over a year later, they wanted to know if he felt the same way.
It was a great thing; everybody enjoyed themselves. The fans got something they really didn’t expect. And I didn’t expect that at the time — we just went out and had a good time.
Check out Andre 3000’s full interview with Billboard, here.
If any celebrity is equipped with the life experience to school the world-at-large on relationships, it’s definitely soul singer Erykah Badu.
With three high profile relationships (Andre 3000, The D.O.C., and Jay Electronica) under her belt that have all resulted in a child being born and her remaining single, Badu is not only content but holds a good rapport with every single rapper. Today, it’s an unfortunate rarity that we see that kind of mysterious yet magical bond in relationships as such, where co-parenting is done positively and properly.
But while some may not understand her reasons as to not committing in relationships, you can’t hate on the fact that anytime her ex’s (baby father or not) speak of her, they never have anything negative to say.
Recently, Badu took to Twitter to drop some knowledge on her followers. The topic? How to get through a breakup. In the 30-second Twitter video, the blueprint she crafts out is simple. “You’ve got to go all the way through it,” she says. “If you don’t want to let go yet, keep on calling and keep on getting hung up on, keep on following him around and get embarrassed.”
Press play and watch Badu’s full video. Do you agree with her?
Breakup advice from Erykah Badu for those going thru it !
Posted by MONTREALITY on Monday, December 28, 2015
Did you know that more people break up on December 11 than any other day of the year? If you’re trying to move on this season, take a few words of advice from these celebrities who went through the same pain and heartbreak.
Yesterday, during her #AskBadu session, Erykah Badu, for the sake of her daughters Mars and Puma, apologized to Iggy Azalea for saying, on national television, that her music was not rap. Whether you chuckled at the initial joke or not, Badu did the right thing by apologizing.
And apparently, Iggy Azalea thought so too.
From the looks of things she appreciated the apology and extended herself by offering concert tickets to Badu’s two daughters.
See what she said in a letter addressed to the soul singer.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 8, 2015
Nice to see these two work things out.
Whenever a brave celebrity opens themselves up to a #Ask________ session, you never know how it will end. See #AskRKelly, #AskDonLemon and #MyNYPD for examples of extreme failures. But today when Erykah Badu took to Twitter to answer a few questions from fans, it was all types of awesome. I actually learned quite a few things from E. Badu including her thoughts on marriage, Beyoncé and what she would be doing if she weren’t an artist. There’s even a nod to one of her ex boo thang’s if you watch closely.
Check some of the highlights from #AskBadu below.
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) December 7, 2015
“Do I ever see myself getting married? Absolutely. Every single time I fall in love, I do. I’m always looking for a forever. I’m a win-win type of person. Sometimes it all boils down to the chemistry, that’s the most important thing. No matter how good you are together, if the chemistry does not line up, I think that the bad may outweigh the good and there are easier ways to grow, to evolve. But…he’s coming.”
— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) December 7, 2015
B! I love B! I’m a huge B fan. Beyoncé is one of the hardest working human beings I’ve ever seen. She has to have a lot of patience and control. I admire the way she manages her life, her relationship and her career. Plus, she’s from Texas. That’s my Texas homie. What’s up B? The whole Knowles family got my love.
After getting dragged all throughout the earlier part of the year, Iggy Azalea decided to take a break from social media. But even she couldn’t stay away from the epic shade Erykah Badu delivered this past weekend during the Soul Train Music Awards.
Never one to back down from a fight, she responded to the jab, in what was almost nonchalant.
We are days from 2016, but i came online today and saw its still cool to try and discredit my 2014 accomplishments. LOL, fucking hell.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 1, 2015
Seems exhausting. Anyway – Ive been enjoying the holiday season and i hope you all have too.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) December 1, 2015
Iggy then went on to muse about random things like Lady Gaga looking lovely in the Christmas commercial with Tony Bennett, why it’s taking her so long to release new music and the likelihood that her horse might have Lyme disease. Poor horse.
Honestly, Iggy handled this quite well. I agree that cultural appropriation is played out. And I definitely chuckled at Ms. Badu’s quip. Still, I do wonder how long we’ll be able to keep this up, especially when Iggy is no longer saying or even doing anything to be worthy of this type of ridicule.
What I learned from last night’s Soul Train Music Awards is that you can be anything you want in entertainment, just not a woman. Or a girl.
What I mean is that in her opening monologue, soul singer and Soul Train award show host Erykah Badu took a swipe at absent Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea for being a failure as a rapper.
More specifically, while making light out of her personal exclusion from hip-hop award shows (and pretending to ban all rappers from the Soul Train Awards because of it), Badu pretended to take a telephone call from Azalea and then said:
“Oh, no, no, no, no, you can come. ‘Cause what you doin’ is definitely not rap.”
It was funny, you see. Because Azalea is terrible. And a cultural appropriator. And a white woman. And all of those aforementioned attributes means she has no business in Black music, especially not rap. Besides, we all know that she was sent to kill hip-hop. Because rap music is only for real Kangs who are about nation building, respect for our people and having something meaningful and worthwhile to say to The People. Like Young Thug. And Rich Homie Quan. and perpetual show-offs like Rick Ross.
Therefore let’s all have a good laugh at her audacity. And let’s mock and ostracize her for being so disrespectful. To the culture. To the community. And to all that is good and righteous about this world. Because clearly, she is the evil one here.
And then R Kelly performed. And nobody laughed.
And not only did they not laugh, but folks actually sung along. And then they applauded. And gave standing ovations. And so did the home audience. Many of who said things like, “Yeah I know we are not supposed to like R Kelly because of what he did to those girls and all, but I can’t help it when his old stuff comes on…”
Yes, I am being snarky.
But it’s hard to not be sadistically amused about Badu mocking Azalea – and everyone applauding that – while totally missing the real joke, which was performing at the end of the show.
As previously noted in a piece I wrote earlier this summer entitled, Is Sexism to Blame for the Downfall of Iggy Azalea:
“I started to feel this way around the time Snoop Dogg decided to go in on the poor girl on Instagram. Again, I am not a fan, but I didn’t believe that she deserved to be cyberbullied. Folks were coming out of the woodworks, accusing Azalea and her lack of lyrical abilities of killing hip-hop. However, the same could be said for a lot of other hip-hop artists on the scene today. And yet, I have not seen one petition created denouncing Young Thug and any of his gibberish.
Nor do I recall many folks being concerned about cultural appropriation and the future of rap when Eminem came on the scene with all of his I-hate-my-mom-so-much-I-should-just-kill-everybody-and-myself white boy angst. There were no boycotts and public denouncements after it was discovered that Eminem once made a racist song that also called Black women specifically “bitches.” And yet, a few questionable tweets on Azalea’s part had folks ready to lead NAACP marches on her a**.
Likewise, Riff Raff, Paul Wall, Mac Miller, Yelawolf and a few other white boy rappers also mimic the style and aesthetic of cultures not of their own. Yet they all seem to get a hood pass, which very few of us were willing to give to Azalea or her fake cakes. Matter of fact, with white people making up a large chunk of hip-hop consumers (those who buy albums and attend concerts), it is hard to see how any concerns Black folks may legitimately have about cultural appropriation would even be a factor. So again, why the Azalea hate?”
For the same reason it is easier to shade Azalea – and get national headlines for it – than it is to shade R Kelly.
It’s because we, as a society, sell out women and girls all the time. For both money and appearance.
Listen I get it: Azalea is a hot-arse mess. And I am not defending her “artistry” in the least. But how come her crime against the culture is more egregious than what R Kelly did?
And how come we as a society ostracize her and yet give shelter and protection to R Kelly?
No, I’m really asking…
As what I witnessed last night was a complete disregard for the suffering and anguish of not only R Kelly’s victims, but of victims of sexual abuse and assault everywhere.
When the committee behind the Soul Train awards made the conscious decision to give an artistic platform to a man who has legally skirted by on well-documented charges of sexual abuse of young Black girls (none of which he has atoned for), it said those women and girls don’t matter.
When we dance and sung in our living rooms to his performance while giving a flippant, “well I can’t help it. I love R Kelly and those girls shouldn’t have been fast in the pants anyway…” to anyone who dared to challenge our support of him, we also said those women and girls don’t matter.
And when the mainstream decided to run with Badu’s mockery Azalea, meanwhile giving praise to R Kelly for a stellar performance (and not mentioning the audacity of him being there in the first place), it said not only do those women and girls not matter, but we don’t care about any women or girls for that matter.
Because, and in spite what your cousin Hotep Supreme True God wants you believe, White America does not give a damn about protecting women neither.
Just ask the Duggar girls.
Just ask Ke$ha.
Just ask the victim of Roman Polanski.
Just pay attention.
As a society, we have decided to give cover to the most indefensible of behaviors, particularly around sexual abuse and rape, just because a person – a man person – entertains us. And as a society, we continue to say that we will throw any and all women under the bus to do so.
And yes, I know this sounds preachy (that is my speciality), but it does not hurt us none to recognize how rape culture is perpetuated.
We’ve seen her randomly photo bomb news anchors a few times over the past few years so we knew Erykah Badu had a sense of humor, but the “On & On” singer, 44, had us rolling at her list of 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me for Us Magazine. What Erykah Badu loves most about Andre 3000 had us crying with laughter, but we’re not mad.
Fresh off of hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards last night on BET, you can download her new mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, which was released exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music. We’d have to agree with number nine!
Here are some of our favorite things from Mama Erykah:
1. I don’t have a favorite of my own songs.
4. The craziest thing I’ve ever done is sign up to be a human being. I don’t remember it, because they took some of my memory away.
8. The best part of being a mom is that I get to grow with my children [Seven, 18, Puma, 11, and Mars, 6].
9. I’d love to ask God what’s up with the periods I get once a month!
10. I own 726 head wraps.
11. The funniest thing any of my kids has said was when I moved into my first house. My son, Seven, who was 3, said, “What if somebody breaks in on us?” I said, “Don’t worry, I got something to throw at his head.” And he said, “What you gonna do, throw some money at him?”
15. Most people think I’m not capable of starting a bar brawl, but I will.
16. I’d never wear white after Labor Day.
18. I have 7,221 pieces of ankh jewelry.
19. I don’t have a favorite rapper. I have three baby-daddy rappers, so I can’t pick one or you’re messing with my child support!
20. The best thing about my ex Andre 3000 is that his checks never bounce.
22. I have a teepee where I put myself in time-out.
23. I idolize my grandmothers. They’re both 88 and just sit and watch TV while people bring them food. It’s genius.
Read the full list at UsWeekly.
Last week we announced that Erykah Badu would be releasing a brand new mixtape during the Thanksgiving holiday– a follow up to her Feel Better World! …Love, Ms. Badu, a funky soul and jazz compilation of her favorite songs remixed on her terms.
And on Black Friday (Nov. 27), Badu did just that, released her highly-anticipated But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape .The 11-track project which was inspired by a line from her 1997 hit “Tryone,” was written, recorded, and mixed right in her bedroom studio in her native Dallas over the course of just 12 days. Included in the mixtape is a lone surprise feature from Andre 3000 (“Hello”), Badu’s former boyfriend and father of her son Seven.
But U Caint Use My Phone is available to download exclusively on iTunes for just one week and will then be available for streaming via Apple Music. The mixtape will be available for purchase and download via other digital retailers on Dec. 4.
If you haven’t done so already, take Badu’s But You Caint Use My Phone, as you indulge in Turkey Day leftovers (or work it off at the gym).
It’s not every day that Erykah Badu sits down for an interview. So we were happy to learn that she recently spoke with “The Breakfast Club” crew. And we all know celebrities often end up keeping it very real with those three. Plus, Badu is not really known for being fraudulent. Anyway, during her sit down she spoke about everything from her son Seven to her clash with Azealia Banks. But what I found most interesting was that she cleared the record and told her side of the story when it came to her breakup with rapper Common. Check out a few highlights from the interview below and watch the full video on the next page.
Clash with Azealia Banks
I think sometimes, if we’re not careful, we can let people instigate us into some kind of weird situation. It’s the people around who are repeating it, retweeting and retweeting. I didn’t even know she was going to read it…That’s the way it is. I was just saying some sh*t really. Now I got some hardcore a$$ b*tch after me. I’m peeping around corners everywhere I go.
On her son Seven
Yeah, he turned 18 on November 18th.
Yee: How protective are you because he worked on your album and he worked with Gwen Stefani but are you really protective of him as your son in this industry?
Not really, no. He’s not really into that kind of thing. He’s a nerd. He’s into studies and computers and things. He’s talented by default and he has exquisite taste.
Envy: But look who his mommy and daddy is. He had to be talented.
He’s an improvement on a design though. He’s next level.
Envy: Was that a true, ‘I’m just going to try this one night, we taping’ or was it a studio…
In rehearsal, a lot of times, we just play around and do stuff. But I didn’t know it was going to turn into “Tyrone.” So the background vocals were prepared because they kind of know the joke. But it just kind of turned into a song. It was totally freestyle.
Yee: You ruined everybody named Tyrone after that.
Erykah: *Chuckles* I know.
Breakup with Common
Yee: He said you called him and said, ‘I don’t want to be with you anymore.’
That’s not true. You know I never got a chance to say anything. I tried to breakup with him so many times. That was the last time.
Envy: It’s hard to break up with a light skinned person, man.
It’s hard. They don’t get it. They don’t understand. They keep coming.
Yee: That is true. You try to break up with some guys and they act like it never happened.
That’s right. He didn’t believe it.
Charlemagne: How many times did you try to break up with him?
Ok, I’m exaggerating a little bit. It was just kind of like, we were growing apart. We hadn’t seen each other in a little while. I told him that I needed space.
Yee: So you tried to do the fade out?
I tried to do the fade out. But I ended up putting myself in a trick bag. But you know, me and Common are still very close too. He’s really sweet. He’s the most compassionate human being I’ve ever met, I think. Very kind…hearted. But it’s all about chemistry, you gotta have chemistry.
Charlemagne: How do you know when it’s up, when the chemistry’s done?
If the chemistry was never there, it was just never there. But you know there’s a process that you take to get to know people. You know, you date people. There’s certain things that are awesome and certain things that really don’t mesh with you. In Common’s case, he’s just awesome all the way around, just the chemistry’s a little different.
Charlemagne: Did he ever be like, ‘What am I supposed to do with all these clothes I bought?’