March 27, 2011
June 20, 2012
Funk, Neo Soul, R&B
Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye, influences include early Miles Davis Al Jarreau
control freaq records // motown
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Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu (pronounced / r k b du /), is an American recording artist, record producer and actress. Her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion.
She is known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo-Soul".
Badu's lyrics challenge listeners with their highly personal, emotional, philosophical, and political content. She weaves disparate musical influences together creating a rich texture of sound. References to old school rappers and songs add a general hip hop sensibility to her music. In addition, much of her songs are influenced by jazz, and can thus be categorized as acid jazz as well.
Some music journalists have labeled her nu soul or neo soul, often comparing her to Billie Holiday in lyrical delivery and grouping her with D'Angelo in musical genre. An eclectic collaborator, she has performed with artists from many different genres and backgrounds, among them roots reggae musician and singer Burning Spear.
In the May 2008 Peach Magazine issue, Badu reflected on her change in genre and former practice of wearing headwraps. Having been dubbed the "Queen of Neo-Soul" in the 90's, she found the label inaccurate and meaningless, saying:
|“||Neo-soul is dead. I never knew what that was anyway.||”|
But she states she definitely knows who she is today. A producer and director of her own videos and stage shows, Badu stated:
|“||I try to be as honest as I can. Being humble is so 2007.||”|
|“||Art is my religion. You don't see the head wraps anymore because I am the head wrap.||”|