1. Nas Turns Energies to a Different Type of Storytelling: 'It's been My Dream to Work in Film'

    August 01, 2016 4:16 AM EDT Nas , one of music's most revered lyricists and story tellers, is taking his talents into filmmaking. The rapper has traded performing onstage to work behind-the-scenes as an executive producer on projects including Netflix's The Get Down  and IFC Films' The Land , which opens…

  2. Erykah Badu Talks Directing Robert Glasper's 'Maiysha' Video, Building a Multimedia Company & Collaborating With D.R.A.M.

    June 24, 2016 6:18 PM EDT Erykah Badu is never short on talent and creativity. As a self-proclaimed analog girl, she has masterfully adapted to digital spaces (just peep her Twitter timeline) while staying true to live instrumentation and performance art in the music world. Her latest show of perfected balance between…

  3. ONE Musicfest 2016 Lineup: Dungeon Family & Organized Noize to Reunite

    June 07, 2016 5:59 PM EDT ONE Musicfest will return to Atlanta on Sept. 10, with a lineup that features a special reunion of the city's legendary hip-hop groups  Dungeon Family and Organized Noize .  'The Art of Organized Noize' Documentary: 9 Things We Learned About OutKast, TLC & More The festival…

  4. Can You Match Chart-Toppers Future, Cole Swindell to Their Signature Toppers?

    April 28, 2016 5:20 PM EDT You may know these stars' chart-toppers -- but do you know their signature topper? See if you can pair the musicians with their go-to headgear. Pharrell 's Smokey the Bear-inspired chapeau. Slash 's signature black top hat. Devo' s tiered energy domes. What's a…

  5. Erykah Badu Covers Fader Producers Issue, Talks Politics, Social Media & Says 'Poor Is the New Black'

    April 20, 2016 5:23 PM EDT Since her 1997 debut  Baduizm ,  Erykah Badu has navigated showbiz on her own terms. The 45-year-old soul singer and Control FreaQ indie label head covered the  FADER 's Producers issue ( Metro Boomin' helms the publication's other cover) where she offered her unfiltered…

  6. Azealia Banks & Erykah Badu Squash Beef on Twitter

    April 12, 2016 7:17 PM EDT Says Banks: "My mother will be happy about this." In February Erykah Badu sparked a new beef with Azalea Banks when the neo soul singer suggested she didn't care for the Harlem rapper's music. After things erupted on Twitter, as they have a history of doing with Banks on…

  7. Vans, Slacker Cool for 50 Years, Is Banking on More Music to Maintain Its Relevancy

    March 25, 2016 4:03 PM EDT Unsurprisingly, Doug Palladini is wearing Vans at this very moment. After all, the company's Vice President, General Manager of North America has accumulated a 100-plus-pair collection over his 12 years with the brand, and knows better than to wear anything else when meeting with a…

  8. Erykah Badu Makes Her NYFW Styling Debut

    February 14, 2016 7:56 PM EST At the start of a new season, designers typically put together what’s known as a moodboard -- a collage of old photographs, postcards, fabric swatches, color samples and other mementos that influence the aesthetics of a new collection. There’s comfort in knowing why something is the way that…

  9. Eaux Claires Music Festival Lineup Revealed: Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, James Blake & More Performing

    February 11, 2016 10:00 AM EST News of a second round of Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s curated music festival Eaux Claires was announced shortly after the first one went on its way.  Similar to last year’s snail mail lineup announcement, the organizers of Eaux Claires delivered to early-bird ticket buyers a mixtape of…

  10. Erykah Badu Remixes Kanye West's 'Real Friends' As 'Trill Friends'

    January 12, 2016 10:49 AM EST Erykah Badu 's SoundCloud is the gift that keeps on giving. The remix queen -- who covered  Drake 's " Hotline Bling " last October -- delivered her own version of Kanye West 's "Real Friends" aptly titled "Trill Friends." " Homeboys , …

  11. Andre 3000 on Playing 'Normal' in 'American Crime,' New Music and His 'Great Reunion' With Erykah Badu

    January 06, 2016 1:55 PM EST There were already tons of reasons to watch American Crime , the ABC drama whose first season was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, but now there’s one more for music fans: Outkast ’s André 3000 is starring in the show’s second season, which premieres Jan. 6. The gig…

  12. Erykah Badu Calls In Andre 3000 on 'But You Caint Use My Phone' Mixtape

    November 27, 2015 11:45 AM EST Erykah Badu made timelines bling when her  But You Caint Use My Phone  mixtape slid into iTunes at midnight on Friday (Nov. 27). The phone-themed project finds @fatbellybella cruising on different slow jams that serve as a nod to her 1997 hit "Tyrone," where she famously sang,…

  13. Erykah Badu Talks Drake, Jay Electronica Making an Album & 'But You Caint Use My Phone' Mixtape

    November 24, 2015 1:42 PM EST Erykah Badu is a walking bag of quotables. For her first rendezvous on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club , the unfiltered songstress was an open book while discussing her relationships with Jay Electronica  (who popped up at the 21-minute mark), Andre 3000 and The D.O.C. to her feelings about …

  14. Boyz II Men & Brandy Added as Soul Train Awards Performers

    November 05, 2015 5:36 PM EST The Soul Train Awards have added two new performers to the lineup: Brandy and Boyz II Men . Also, L.A. Reid , Kat Graham and Jaheim have been added to the list of presenters. Earlier this week,  Billboard  reported that Fantasia ,  Jazmine Sullivan ,  Empire ’s  V. Bozeman ,  Tevin Campbell …

  15. Listen to Erykah Badu Cover Drake's 'Hotline Bling'

    October 02, 2015 8:57 AM EDT Drake 's sticky-sweet "Hotline Bling" has been steadily climbing the charts since its release back in July (when it was billed as part of the package of Meek Mill diss tracks), garnering covers by everyone from R&B upstart Alessia Cara to Sam Smith and Disclosure  in the…

  16. Essence Festival 2015 Day 3 Highlights: Mystikal, Erykah Badu, Missy Elliott & More

    July 05, 2015 2:04 PM EDT Saturday night (July 4) at New Orleans Superdome proved to be the most eventful evening of this year's Essence Music Festival. The crowd was younger, but of course the headlining artists, Usher and Missy Elliott can be credited with bringing them out -- although people seemed to be a…

  17. BET Experience 2015: The Roots, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes & More Pay Tribute to J Dilla

    June 28, 2015 2:20 PM EDT Day three of BET Experience brought some serious hip-hop heads to L.A. Live's Club Nokia on Saturday night (June 27). Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of The Roots were joined by Erykah Badu and a grab bag of other artists to pay homage to their fallen friend James Dewitt Yancey,…

  18. Erykah Badu and The Roots Pay Tribute to Hip-Hop in Concert With YG, The LOX, and Freeway: Exclusive

    June 24, 2015 11:05 AM EDT Erykah Badu  performing with The Roots is a special occasion all on its own -- add a 20-minute ode to hip-hop, complete with guest appearances from YG , the LOX, and Freeway , and it becomes one for the ages. At last month's 8th Annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia (May 30), Badu and the…

  19. Watch Robert Glasper Perform Musiq Soulchild's 'So Beautiful' Live at Capitol Studios: Exclusive

    June 16, 2015 9:55 AM EDT Grammy award-winning pianist and bandleader Robert Glasper has earned considerable acclaim both within the jazz world and beyond for his choice collaborations with artists across genres. His two most recent albums, Black Radio and Black Radio 2 , have showcased his "Experiment"…

  20. Watch Hiatus Kaiyote Perform Three Songs on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    June 04, 2015 2:46 AM EDT Hiatus Kaiyote has wrapped their U.S. tour by performing a mini-set for  Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Australian "future-soul" group played "By Fire" on air and a bonus track "Breathing Underwater," both of which are lifted from the sophomore album Choose Your Weapon …

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