15 Famous Artists We Were Surprised To Learn Started Out In Boy Bands And Girl Groups

July 17, 2014  |  
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Erykah Badu

Before she was a neo-soul queen on her own, Badu was a part of two different hip-hop groups. While still in school, Badu was MC Apples and part of an all-female rap collective. Speaking about that group to Rolling Stone, she said “We were even better than a lot of the guy groups.” After that she was part of a hip-hop duo called Erykah Free with her cousin, Robert “Free” Bradford. The duo opened for everyone who came to Dallas, including Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Arrested Development, D’Angelo and more. They were offered deals, but Badu went for a solo opportunity, and of course, Bradford didn’t appreciate that…

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