Top 5: Erykah Badu

Top 5: Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu has just left the country... and undoubtedly more than a few broken hearts in her wake (including yours truly). Not many artists could sell out shows with no new release on the horizon, but the Queen of Neo-Soul has a legion of dedicated fans, and here are just five reasons why:

1. On & On, Baduzim (1997)

The tune that introduced Ms. Badu to the world.

2. Back In The Day (Puff), World Wide Underground (2003)

Criminally cut short in Dave Chapelle’s Block Party, this is probably my favourite Badu song - period. Her ode to simpler times, where all we needed was a bit of “puff” to have a good ol’ time.

3. You Got Me, Things Fall Apart – The Roots (1999)

On & On might have been the track that introduced Ms. Badu to the world, but her guest spot with kindred spirits The Roots was what made the wider public stand up to attention. Gorgeous song, with a an equally beautiful film clip.

4. Fall In Love (Your Funeral), World Wide Underground Part II (Return of the Ankh)(2010)

Fall in love with Ms. Badu at your own peril – you’ve been warned.

5. Otherside Of The Game, Baduizm (1997)

She’s had some significant significant others in her life. Famous partners include Outkast’s Andre 3000 who was inspired to write one of their biggest hits, ‘Ms. Jackson’, after their breakup in 1999. He appears in this film clip, playing a gangster Ms. Badu is trying to stand-by... after she finds out she's pregnant to his child.

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