Erykah Badu was extremely angered by her own music collaborator, The Flaming Lips' 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.
The clip, which hit the web last week, featured the Queen of Neo-Soul getting naked in a bathtub. Her sister, Nayrok, was also seen covered in what looked like a milky white substance, gold glitter, blood and fake semen. Badu later claimed that she "never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video."
The 41-year-old singer unleashed a fiery Twitter rampage aimed at Coyne, writing, "Perhaps, next time u get an occasion to work with an artist who respects your mind/art, you should send at least a ROUGh version of the video u PLAN to release b4 u manipulate or compromise the artist's brand by desperately releasing a poor excuse for shock and nudity that sends a convoluted message that passes as art( to some)."
"You obviously have a misconception of who I am artistically," she stated via Twitlonger. "I don't mind that but... By the way you are an a**. You did everything wrong from the on set." She went on lashing out at Coyne, calling him "self serving" and complaining about the "disturbing" scenes featuring her sister. "I told u from jump that I believed your concept to be disturbing," she added.
"U disrespected me by releasing pics and rough vid on the internet without my approval (Contract breech)," so Badu claimed. "This is equivalent to putting out a security camera's images of me changing in the fitting room."
She continued, "Consequently, brother, As a human I am disgusted with your what appears to be desperation and poor execution. And disregard for others. As a director I am unimpressed. As a sociologist I understand your type. As your fellow artist I am uninspired. As a woman I feel violated and underestimated."
"Hope it works out for ya, Wayne. Really i could give a s*** less. Still love your live show tho. And you're welcomed. Lesson learned," so she wrote at the end of her long tweet. "O, And on behalf of all the artists u have manipulated or plan to manipulate, find another way. These things have been said out of necessity. And if you don't like it you can KiSS MY Glittery A**. O and Nayrok told me to tell u to kiss her a** too."
The controversial clip itself had already been yanked from the web. Following the incident, Coyne released an apology toward Badu, stating, "The video link that was erroneously posted on Pitchfork by the Flaming Lips of the Music Video 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', which features Erykah Badu, is unedited and unapproved. Sorry!!"
"We, the Flaming Lips, accept full responsibility for prematurely having Pitchfork post it. It has outraged and upset a segment of fans and we apologize if we offended any viewers!!! This is a Flaming Lips video which features Erykah Badu and her sister Nayrok and is not meant to be considered Erykah Badu or Nayrok statement, creation, or approved version."