Welcome to our collection of quotes by Erykah Badu
Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), known professionally as Erykah Badu (), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s and 2000s along with artists such as D'Angelo and Maxwell. She has been called the Queen of Neo soul. Badu's career began after she opened a show for D'Angelo in 1994 in Fort Worth; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. Her first album, Baduizm, was released in February 1997. It spawned four singles: "On & On", "Appletree", "Next Lifetime" and "Otherside of the Game". The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her first live album, Live, was released in November 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.
Her second studio album, Mama's Gun, was released in 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 in 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 in 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.
Badu's voice has been compared to jazz singer Billie Holiday and more modern soulstress Ladi6. 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 number of supporting roles in movies including Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D. She also has appeared in the documentaries Before the Music Dies and The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.
A lot of people have dementia, which is great, because then they don't recognize me.
When you're performing, you're creating a moment.
In the morning, instead of saying to yourself, ˜I got to wake up' say 'I get to wake up!'
Hip-hop was created out of necessity. We needed to create some digitized things to help us understand what we were feeling.
I don't have one song that sounds like another one in my entire catalog.
A lot of people have dementia, which is great, because then they don't recognize me.
I really enjoy being the child's 'welcoming committee' and to help someone usher his or her spirit into the world in a very peaceful way is very effortless to me.
Whenever I think about funk music, it has a look -- and that's how it sounds.
The wise healer endures the pain. Cry. Tears bring joy.
If you make a decision, a pact with someone, your friend, you should say, 'I'm gonna do this,' and you should stick to it.
I have a pair of blue pants that were my favorite for a while and were a part of my show uniform -- every night, you know.
You don't have to believe everything you think.
My hair is an aesthetic choice… At the same time, how you wear your hair is a political statement as well.
What draws me to a project is how sympathetic I am toward it, so that I can relax into it and give up myself.
There are millions and billions of atoms of memory of all kinds of musical themes in me.
I try to be honest and I keep moving.
Riccardo Tisci has an interesting approach to weaving the contemporary with the couture, and blending tribes and collections. It always seems to work.
I was the bohemian in my family, the this is my favorite shoe and I don't care if it has tape around it kind of person. The tape could become a fashion statement. Or a political statement.
My paternal grandmother gave me the courage to investigate things and not take things at face value or judge people by what I first imagine them to be.
I'm in training to become a midwife. I'm almost there and before I know it I'll be able to open my own practice, if that's what I desire.
I know the community mostly for its art and culture... and of course its food, I eat at their restaurants. They make you feel like taking off your shoes... it feels like home.
We mainly focus on putting music, art, dance, theater, all forms of art, back into the community, so the community can put it into the world.
I don't think it matters what school you go to, but I think it's important for parents to be involved. And to know that when school stops, learning continues, and to continue teaching at home.
My first, my birth mother -- her name is Queenie -- she gave me a powerful medicine when I was a child. She told me that, I was the best, and it helped me so much.
He definitely does what a partner is supposed to do, that is, evolve you.
I don't plan how many people I work with. I don't charge anything. It's for my own learning, and I just enjoy being the welcoming committee. I became a doula by default.
What I like about houses like Givenchy. It's easy to pull from. With Givenchy you can accessorize to build anything, any look.
We literally just finished making this gown 20 minutes ago. I love it. It's my favorite color.
Hip-Hop is bigger than the government.
Whereas I want everything to be peaceful during a birth, I take the total opposite approach when I'm helping someone come to terms with leaving this place -- I play Richard Pryor records.
Hip-hop is the people. What the people are moving toward is what hip-hop is. I think people are moving toward a freer way of thinking. Openness.
A home birth is about being able to create exactly what you want, because it's such a violent moment inside of the body that you want everything else to be as beautiful as it can be.
I'm just being who I am and expressing myself as everyone else does.
My style is a little masculine, and what I loved about Pyer Moss was how well he can make a blazer, the looseness of those pants, or color palette that he chooses from season to season.
I'm only in competition with my last level. It don't have nothing to do with music or anything. And the last level is hard competition, the last place you were.
Now my record deal helps me to do things for free or give more time to my community than I could otherwise.
My girls are very fashionable. They have a very good eye for marrying style and fashion.
During childbirth and hospice I'll sing gospel songs that my grandma taught me when I was younger, or something I've made up, or I'll hum. I just play things that I think the audience will like.
I'm more like an oven than a microwave.
All I want to do is give the world my heart... Record label tryina make me compromise my art.
I really can't say what inspires me the most, because I'm inspired by just about everything. My feelings and relationships, my family, Scooby-Doo. Opinion of my work. Everything. Not just one thing.
I just keep going. When the water's too still, I start splashing around and things jump out of the water.
I'm inspired by Earl Sweatshirt. He's a really honest writer, and he's unusually intelligent.
When it come to da: What it do?! I don't fall for da: Woop- TeE- WoOoo!
That's the moment I learned that the more you believe in yourself, the stronger the vibration touches someone else, and things begin to happen the way you dreamed that they would.
I'm learning from them! Everyone says that, but it's true. You learn more about yourself from them than from any other lesson.
My mom was the Diana Ross of our clan. She was always up-to-date, and always knew what to do and what not to do in a fashion sense.
Vegan food is soul food in its truest form. Soul food means to feed the soul. And, to me, your soul is your intent. If your intent is pure, you are pure.
We lock ourselves into our own philosophies, our own religions, our own walks of life, and if we fail, we condemn ourselves and then we get sick.
When it comes to fashion or any high art, you have to have a combination of delicacy, along with taste.
I come from a long line of matriarchal women, and my greatest teachers were my mothers.
I don't sing melodically. Rhyme pattern is how I sing. I also write like a lyricist or an MC because that's what I was before I was a singer. I just took those elements and put them into music.
Peace and Blessings manifest with every lesson learned. If your knowledge were your wealth then it would be well earned.
So the most natural thing to me is to stay as pure to or real to or close to who I am as possible.
I don't know why, it's just what I feel inside, the thoughts that I sing about. It's just my truth. Sometimes my emotions can be mistaken for messages.
I'm kind of a recluse when it comes to going outside.
I encourage breaking free of self inflicted holding pens. I encourage the use of intelligence in every decision. I encourage creating.
I bring the staple of my culture.
My truth is relevant and my songs are relevant, but I have to recalibrate myself and speed up my vibrations so that I can communicate with the voice of this generation.
I think people who vibrate at the same frequency, vibrate toward each other. They call it -- in science -- sympathetic vibrations.
I'm a recovering undercover over-lover.
My favorite jewelry, it's just what I'm feeling at the time.
I'm pretty mutable as a human being, period -- if you put me on Pluto, I can figure it out.
My eyes are green, Cause I eat a lot of vegetables, It don't have nothing to do with your new friend.
My nine-year-old daughter is very creative and colorful and trendy.
I have an apartment in Brooklyn -- I guess I call it my shrine. I go there to create and recoup, or hibernate sometimes, but my home is in Dallas where I live with my children.
I lived in New York for maybe a year and a half, from '95 to '97, but I live in Dallas. My whole family is there.
My eyes are green, Cause I eat a lot of vegetables,
It don't have nothing to do with your new friend.
I've been a vegetarian since I was 19.
Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mold the experience the way you want. It's therapy.
I grew up with all mothers, all women. I come from a long line of matriarchs, very strong women.