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 (/ˈɛrkə bɑːˈd/), 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; record label executive 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, Live, was released on November 18, 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.

Badu's second studio album, Mama's Gun, was released on October 31, 2000. It spawned three singles: "Bag Lady", which became her first top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #6, "Didn't Cha Know?" and "Cleva". The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Badu's third album, Worldwide Underground, was released on September 16, 2003. It generated three singles: "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)", "Danger" and "Back in the Day (Puff)" with 'Love' becoming her second song to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Badu's fourth album, New Amerykah Part One, was released on February 26, 2008. It spawned two singles: "Honey" and "Soldier". New Amerykah Part Two was released in 2010 and fared well both critically and commercially. It contained the album's lead single "Window Seat", which led to controversy.

Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s along with artists like D'Angelo. Her work has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for her eccentric style, which often included wearing very large and colorful headwraps. She was a core member of the Soulquarians. As an actress, she has played a wide 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
2015 But You Caint Use My Phone Erykah Badu 1

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 Next Lifetime Erykah Badu 5 1
1997 On & On Erykah Badu 5 2
1997 Tyrone Erykah Badu 5 1
1999 Southern Gul Erykah Badu 2
1999 You Got Me The Roots feat. Erykah Badu 1
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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Jump Up in the Air and Stay There Erykah Badu & Lil Wayne 1
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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