- 10:57 AM, Apr 29
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.
She gave birth to a son named Seven but separated from Andre in late '90s. After taking some time to nurse her child, Badu tried her skills at acting. In 1998, she was cast in "Blues Brothers 2000" and the year after, the Oscar-winning drama "The Cider House Rules". For her role as a raped woman named Rose Rose, Badu received a win at 2008 Black