Thursday, July 24, 2008
Nine (Musical) Degrees with Erykah Badu
As I pre-order my bottle of White Patchouli, the Tom Ford fragrance that features singer Erykah Badu as the spokes-beauty, over at Neiman's, I noticed my iPod naturally gravitating towards more of Badu's music than usual. This isn't shocking, since I'm convinced that my 'Pod has a personality of her own (yes, her. I've named her Tina), but it did get me to thinking about some of my favorite Badu songs. Here go my favorite 9 songs, from Erykah herself or from related acts. Enjoy!
9. Call Tyrone, Erykah Badu. Any song that begins with "Keep in mind that I'm an artist, and I'm sensitive about my shit," is going to rate very high on my favorites list. Neo-soul lore has it that the song was a freestyle performed while she was in the midst of her first tour.
8. Retrospect for Life, Common featuring Lauryn Hill. This song, performed by Erykah's high-profile former boo, is a poignant, poetic, intelligent and thought-provoking story of love, sex, pregnancy, abortion and parenthood between young lovers.
7. You Got Me, The Roots featuring Erykah Badu and Eve. This is my second favorite song from The Roots. It's storytelling at its best with a soothing and soulful beat and a great verse from a young Eve.
6. Bag Lady, Erykah Badu. Girl power in the least possible cheesiest form, this song is a warning without being preachy and a testament to the diversity and strength of women. I heart.
5. Cruisin', D'Angelo. D'Angelo, a frequent collaborator with Erykah, fully utilizes his smoky, sexy, but still hood vocals on this amazing remake (Shh!! I like this better than Smokey's original). The 'Pod bumps it constantly.
4. A Millie (A Billie Remix), Lil Wayne featuring Jay-Z. Not a direct link, yes, but, Wayne does clearly say "They say I'm rapping like BIG, Jay, and Tupac, Andre 3000, where is Erykah Badu at?" That's enough for me. I just love the song, and especially the fact that the word consigliere finally made it into a rap song.
3. Otherside of the Game, Erykah Badu. I love this song, the cute video with Andre 3000. Singing "brother's got this complex occupation...."
2. Ms. Jackson, Outkast. Besides the fact that it kinda, sorta, a little bit sounds like Andre might be talking about Mrs. Wright on this song, it's just funny and oh-so-trill in true Outkast fashion. Plus the cats bobbing their heads in the video was precious.
1. On & On + Next Lifetime, Erykah Badu. The two songs that started it all with me and EB. Classic, no explanation needed.
Smell ya later,