Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

The Queen of Neo Soul.

Founded

February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas

Full Name

Erica Abi Wright

Date of Birth

February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas

Still Alive

Date of Death

Influenced By

Billie Holiday, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone

Later Influenced

Ari Lennox, SZA, Jillian Harvey, Teyana Taylor

Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu

About The artist

"She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm."

John Bush, Allmusic.com

Did you know...

"It was a song I literally made up on stage in London in 1997. It was a spontaneous thing. Later, I looked around and saw they were having debates about it on TV and radio. They said I was male-bashing. I had no idea that it would have such an impact. I was just making it up as I was going along. As the song blew up, I realized that I had to take some kind of stance. I began to challenge all the 'Tyrones' to do better."

Erykah Badu on the origins of her song "Tyrone."

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Hip Hop & Rap

Two turntables and a microphone.

House

House

Birthed from the underground clubs of Chicago and New York.

Neo Soul

Neo Soul

Soul music makes a return.