Erykah Badu Shares What She And Her Momma Thought About Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson”

November 29, 2016  |  

One of the beautiful things about Outkast’s music is that the meaning behind the lyrics is not immediately understood. There’s a sense of mystery behind their music that not only makes you want to listen again and again, it makes you think.



Still, the lyrics behind their hit song, “Ms. Jackson,” seemed very self explanatory. What I didn’t know…perhaps I was late to the party was that they were in reference, at least partially, to Andre’s past relationship with Erykah Badu.

“I was working on Mama’s Gun at the item and James Poyser busted into the door. ‘Have you heard “Ms. Jackson” yet?’ I was like, ‘No, I haven’t.’ Then he started playing it. And I still had kind of sore spot. I didn’t want to hear that, especially when I heard Big Boi’s verse. Then when I heard Andre’s verse, I felt very good because his verse was really, really inspiring. You know, ‘Me and you daughter got a special thang going…” He just told how he felt and it was his honest feelings. I always respected that. And listening to what he felt, appreciated it. So I liked it.

But how did my momma feel? Aww baby she bought her a Ms. Jackson license plate. She had the mug. She had the ink pen. She had the headband. Everything. That’s who loved it.”

I had to look up the lyrics for the song after this. While Andre took a more positive approach to an ending relationship with the necessity still to coparent, Big Boi spoke about the ways in which women can manipulate the father’s of their children with child support, visitation etc. So, naturally Erykah wasn’t too keen on that. Thankfully though, Andre and Erykah were able to take the high road. And we’re sure their son is better for it.

You can watch this portion of Ms. Badu’s interview in the video below.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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