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?’