Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas) is an American r'n'b/neo-soul artist whose work crosses over into jazz.
She is best known for her singles You Got Me her collaboration with The Roots, as well as her own songs Tyrone, Love Of My Life, On & On, Bag Lady, The Healer, Honey and Soldier. Her lyrics are highly personal urban philosophy which throw emotional challenges in the face of the listener. She weaves unusual musical influences together creating a rich texture of sound.
Some music journalists have labeled her nu soul, nouvelle-soul or neo soul, often comparing her to Billie Holiday in lyrical delivery and grouping her with Maxwell and D'Angelo in musical genre.
Baduizm, Badu's highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts. Lead s...