Erykah Badu

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Legal name: Erica Wright


Erykah Abi Wright (born Erica Abi Wright; February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu (/ˈɛrɨkə bɑːˈduː/), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in 1994 in her hometown; Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. Her first album, Baduizm, was released on February 11, 1997. It spawned three singles: "On & On", "Next Lifetime" and "Otherside of the Game". The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Badu's first live album (second overall), Live, was released on November 18, 1997. It produced two singles: "Apple Tree" and "Tyrone". The album was certified double Platinum by the RIAA. Badu's second album (third overall), Mama's Gun, was released on October 31, 2000. It spawned three singles: "Bag Lady", "Didn't Cha Know?" and "Cleva". The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Badu's third album (fourth overall), Worldwide Underground, was released on September 16, 2003. It generated two singles: "Danger" and "Back in the Day (Puff)". The album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Badu's fourth album (fifth overall), New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), was released on February 26, 2008. It spawned two singles: "Honey" and "Soldier". New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) was release in 2010 and fared well both critically and commercially.

Musically 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 subgenre. She is known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo-Soul". Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps. For her musical sensibilities, she has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians. As an actress, she has played a range of supporting roles in movies including Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D. She also speaks at length in the documentaries Before the Music Dies and The Black Power Mixtapes.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Baduizm Erykah Badu 4 5
2000 Mama's Gun Erykah Badu 3 5
2003 Worldwide Underground Erykah Badu 4 4
2008 New Amerykah, Part One (4th World War) Erykah Badu 2
2010 New Amerykah, Part Two (Return of the Ankh) Erykah Badu 3 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Badu Erykah Badu 1
2010 Greatest Hits Erykah Badu 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Live Erykah Badu 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 On & On Erykah Badu 5 2
1997 Tyrone Erykah Badu 5 1
1999 Southern Gul Erykah Badu 2
2001 Didn't Cha Know Erykah Badu 1
2003 I C U (Doin’ It) A Tribe Called Quest feat. Erykah Badu 1
2013 Q.U.E.E.N. Janelle Monáe feat. Erykah Badu 1
Apple Tree Erykah Badu 1
Bag Lady Erykah Badu 1
Next Lifetime Erykah Badu 5 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 À la modeliste Mark Ronson feat. Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, The Dap-Kings & Joseph Modeliste 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Icon Erykah Badu 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Radio City Music Hall, NYC Erykah Badu 1

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