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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu


Famous as :

R&B/soul & hip hop singer

Birth Name :

Erica Abi Wright

Birth Date :

February 26, 1971

Birth Place :

Dallas, Texas, USA

Claim to fame :

Single "On & On" (1997)


It was in South Dallas, Texas that a future star was born under the name Erica Wright. The girl who was delivered to the world on February 26, 1971 has one sister and one brother but her father walked away from the family when she was still a little. Her mother had to fight for their existence by engaging in several jobs as an actress. It was the exact same thing that influenced Badu to choose her career path later, While still a four year old, she was taken by her mother to perform and dance at Dallas Theater center. Coming to the age of teen, she has been quite apt in freestyling that eventually led her to meet beatboxer Ray Hargrove. Once she graduated from high school, she set her mind straight to performing education. She was a theater student of Black College Grambling State University before choosing music over the course. Just before she graduated from the college, Badu abandoned the education to pursue what she loves, music.

With the help from her cousin, she recorded a demo tape that drew the attention of producer Kedar Massenburg. It was not long until she was introduced to D'Angelo for a duet and was signed to Universal Records. Her first eponymous album "Baduizm" was released in 1997 and it was not relatively hard for the album to reach #2 on Billboard Hot 200 chart with the highly-acclaimed single "On & On". Beside helping the set to reach platinum, the single also later won Badu her first Grammy in 1998 for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female. Her love ride also blossomed when she tied a romantic relationship with Andre 3000 from OutKast. She became pregnant with his child in 1997 but continued to record an album while carrying the bun in the oven. Her first live album titled "Live" was dropped in November 1997 to another acclaim. It reached platinum with the help of radio hit "Tyrone" and her raw delivery of her songs.

Latest News

Azealia Banks Now Fights With Erykah Badu Too, Accuses Her of 'Jealousy'

February 16, 2015 08:50:34 GMT

has added another name to her long list of enemies. The latest person to have been embroiled in a feud with the outspoken raptress is , who unintentionally started the war as she responded to a fan who wondered if she listened to Banks' music.

Video: Erykah Badu Makes Less Than $4 Busking Anonymously in Times Square

October 16, 2014 02:59:04 GMT

Not every Grammy-winning musician can make lots of money singing on the streets. No one recognized 's powerful vocals when she recently decided to go to Times Square and see how much money she could make performing there.

Video: Erykah Badu Crashes Live TV News Broadcast by Trying to Kiss Reporter

June 30, 2014 02:42:05 GMT

awkwardly crashed a New York City television reporter's live broadcast on Friday, June 27. In a video that now has gone viral, a woman wearing a large white hat walked into the frame and made an obscene gesture when local news reporter Mario Diaz of New York station WPIX 11 reported 's recent arrest from the street.

Janelle Monae Premieres 'Q.U.E.E.N.' Music Video Featuring Erykah Badu

May 02, 2013 08:53:21 GMT

A week after releasing her new single "Q.U.E.E.N." featuring Grammy Award-winning collaborator , R'n'B/soul singer/songwriter and record producer premieres its funky music video. The new clip is for the 27-year-old songbird's lead single for her forthcoming sophomore album entitled "".

Erykah Badu Blasts Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne for Releasing Her NSFW Music Video

June 08, 2012 03:52:44 GMT

was extremely angered by her own music collaborator, ' frontman Wayne Coyne. The Grammy-winning songstress was really upset after Coyne released an NSFW music video for their collaboration "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" without her approval.

Erykah Badu Banned From Malaysian Concert Over 'Allah' Tattoo

February 28, 2012 19:04:32 GMT

is the latest singer to stumble on her way to perform a scheduled concert in Malaysia. The Grammy-winning singer was banned to commence with her show in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, February 29 after photos of her with what looked like a temporary tattoo with Arabic word for "Allah" surfaced.

New 'Amazing Spider-Man' Set Footage: Spidey Swings in Jeans

November 22, 2011 07:19:54 GMT

A new "" on-set footage, which was taken during the re-shoot of the film in New York City last Saturday, November 19, has been shared via Splash News. The video features a web-slinging action scene of a stuntman dressing in an early Spidey costume, which consists of a red mask, sunglasses and casual outfit. He is seen swooping over a busy street in the city.

Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Estelle and Some Boys Join 2011 'VH1 Divas'

November 22, 2011 07:13:40 GMT

More high-profile performers have been added to help VH1 pay tribute to the great cities of soul music in this year's "Divas" concerts. The newly-announced musical guests are the likes of , , , and .

Video Premiere: Erykah Badu's 'Gone Baby, Don't Be Long'

February 10, 2011 07:46:16 GMT

's music video in support of her single "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long" has been debuted. It follows the soul singer as she makes her way through animated landscape. The clip might not stir controversy like she did with her last year's "Window Seat" nudity stunt, but it certainly offers striking visuals.

Erykah Badu NOT Pregnant but Wants One Soon

October 20, 2010 09:32:09 GMT

Soul star has denied internet rumours she is expecting her fourth child - but confesses she is broody for another son. The "Bag Lady" singer gave birth to producer Jay Electronica's baby, Mars Merkaba, last year, and also has a 13-year-old son, Seven, and a daughter Puma, six.

Erykah Badu Gets Probation Term for Stripping Naked in Music Video Shoot

August 18, 2010 05:54:06 GMT

Soul star has been handed six months probation and fined $500 (330 pound sterling) after she was convicted on a charge of disorderly conduct for stripping in public during a controversial video shoot. The "Bag Lady" hitmaker performed a full striptease in front of stunned strangers as she walked along Dealey Plaza, a tourist hotspot in Dallas, Texas where former U.S. president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The stunt, which took place in March, was filmed for her Window Seat promo.

Erykah Badu Premieres Sequel to Controversial 'Window Seat' Music Video

August 09, 2010 03:33:36 GMT

A sequel to the controversial "Window Seat" music video which sees stripping naked on the street of Dallas, Texas has been unleashed. The newly-premiered video is filmed to support "Window Seat" remix which features .

Solange Knowles and Erykah Badu Bonded Over Motherhood

July 06, 2010 07:06:26 GMT

R&B singer has developed an unlikely bond with reclusive soul icon over motherhood. ' younger sister, who has a five-year-old son called Julez, admits she and Badu regularly discuss how to balance their duties as mums with their careers.

Erykah Badu Pleaded Not Guilty of Controversial Video

April 30, 2010 09:32:36 GMT

has pleaded not guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct after a female bystander made an official complaint about the singer's public nudity during a controversial video shoot.

Producer Says 'Friday the 13th' Sequel Has a Dead Fate

April 22, 2010 09:16:15 GMT

Prepare to be disappointed, "" sequel is likely not going to happen. Despite previous reports on the development of "Friday the 13th Part 2", the project is reportedly dead.

'Sex and the City 2' Soundtrack Includes 'Single Ladies' and 'Empire State of Mind'

April 22, 2010 08:23:35 GMT

Soundtrack listing for "" has been unveiled and the names of some cast members are mentioned among the list. , , and who play the major characters will cover "I Am Woman" from Helen Reddy.

Erykah Badu Confronted Lots of Fear When Filming 'Window Seat'

April 09, 2010 03:00:50 GMT

talked about what she felt when taking her clothes off for the filming of "Window Seat" music video. In an interview with MTV, the Grammy-winning singer shared she "had a chance to confront a lot of fears in that moment."

Usher Dethrones Protege Justin Bieber From No. 1 Spot on Hot 200

April 08, 2010 02:15:18 GMT

is no match for his mentor as the Canadian teen pop star is knocked by the R&B singer from the first position on Billboard Hot 200 this week. Usher's "" takes the top spot with 329,000 copies in its opening week.

New Official Trailer and Clip for 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Released

April 07, 2010 03:41:46 GMT

New videos which give preview to "" have made their way out online. After a new trailer played during "" screenings has been leaked, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted the official version. A full-length clip which follows 's Dean at an eatery has also been aired during "".

'American Idol' Top 9 Recap: Katie Stevens and Casey James Shine

April 07, 2010 03:39:39 GMT

The top 9 contestants of "" belted out songs from - songbook. McCartney sent his well-wishes to the contestants through a video before Aaron Kelly opened the show with "The Long and Winding Road". said it indeed felt like a long and winding road. encouraged him to change his usual performance while called it "very old-fashioned, and very boring."

Lady GaGa, Erykah Badu and Green Day Lined Up for Lollapalooza

April 07, 2010 03:24:18 GMT

Musicians billed to rock this year's Lollapalooza Music Festival in Chicago have been announced by organizers on Tuesday, April 6. Appearing on the performers list are dance queen who often offers theatrical stage act for her performance, who recently landed in hot water for appearing naked near the spot where John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and whose latest studio album "" is picked up for Broadway play.

Erykah Badu Says 'Window Seat' Video Was Misunderstood

April 05, 2010 07:16:10 GMT

On the heels of controversy surrounding her "Window Seat" video, appeared on "The Wanda Sykes Show" and said people have misinterpreted the clip. She denied accusation that she tries to insult the memory of John F. Kennedy by appearing naked near the spot where the 35th President of the United States was assassinated.

Erykah Badu Charged for Getting Naked When Shooting 'Window Seat'

April 03, 2010 02:33:25 GMT

One of the bystanders who witnessed taking her clothes off for the video shoot of "Window Seat" at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas has filed complaint against the Grammy-winning singer. According to the Dallas Morning News, the witness brought her two small children to the public spot when the filming occurred and she was offended with what Erykah had done.

Matt and Kim React to Erykah Badu's 'Window Seat' Video

April 01, 2010 03:41:54 GMT

recently talked to MTV about 's "Window Seat" music video which is inspired by their "Lessons Learned" clip. Matt Johnson said Erykah reached out to them to discuss about her plan before filming the controversial video and he praised her for doing that and even crediting them at the end of the clip.

Erykah Badu's Controversial 'Window Seat' Video Could Land Her in Prison

March 31, 2010 04:30:30 GMT

takes a walk on Dallas street and puts her clothes off one by one before collapsing naked near the spot where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in a music video for her single "Window Seat". She could end up in jail for doing such thing without a permit from authorities.

Official Cover Art of Erykah Badu's 'New Amerykah Part Two'

March 19, 2010 03:20:10 GMT

is pictured as a woman with an open mind in the colorful artwork which will be used as a cover art for her upcoming studio album "". The artwork is made by EMEK, the artist who previously designed cover art of her 2008 effort "".

Erykah Badu's 'Jump Up in the Air' Music Video Feat. Lil Wayne

February 13, 2010 07:00:42 GMT

has debuted an accompanying music video for her new single "Jump Up in the Air". The video mostly captures the singer and her featured guest in colorful constantly-changing images.

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