1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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 , …

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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 …

  7. 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 …

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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"…

  13. 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 …

  14. Erykah Badu Brings Soul to 8th Annual Roots Picnic: Concert Review

    June 01, 2015 10:10 AM EDT The idea of "soul music" has become a shell of its former self, bringing to mind only the legacies of aging greats and their halfhearted pop progeny. At Saturday's (May 30) eighth annual Roots Picnic, however, audience members received an almost therapeutic refresher on what…

  15. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Aim To Melt Your Cynicism On 'Surf'

    May 30, 2015 3:28 PM EDT The origins of Surf , Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's new release, are hard to explain. A lot of the attention the album's received stems from the involvement of Chance the Rapper , a virtuosic MC from Chicago, though this isn't his project, and the Social…

  16. Ne-Yo, Babyface, Erykah Badu & More Set for Steve Harvey's Neighborhood Awards Weekend

    May 22, 2015 7:31 PM EDT Ne-Yo , Erykah Badu , Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds , Jazmine Sullivan and Jodeci will be among the performers joining TV/radio personality Steve Harvey for the 2015 Neighborhood Awards Weekend. The four-day mix of concerts, comedy, seminars and other events is set for Aug. 6-9 in…

  17. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returns To Essence Festival

    May 05, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will close out the Essence Festival’s July 3 tribute to the city of New Orleans in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The special tribute also marks the popular R&B group’s return to the Essence Festival stage. A festival closing night…

  18. Tidal Is Pinning Its Hopes on Exclusives, But Does That Content Even Matter?

    April 08, 2015 2:17 PM EDT Tidal, the new music subscription service purchased by Jay Z and co-owned by 16 other musicians, is touting its exclusive content as an advantage over competing services such as Spotify -- but exactly how much of an advantage Tidal can get is still very much up in the air. Sources at…

  19. Willow & Jaden Smith Talk Driving Lessons With Dad Will Smith and Saying No to Auto-Tune

    March 06, 2015 1:35 PM EST When Will Smith was a teenager, he rapped about how parents just don't understand -- but his 14-year-old daughter Willow and 16-year-old son Jaden aren't singing the same tune. "My dad is awesome. I wouldn't be where I am right now if it wasn't for all of the things…

  20. Missy Elliott, Usher Join Essence Fest Lineup

    March 04, 2015 3:05 PM EST Missy Elliott 's post-Super Bowl XLIX comeback marches forward as the rapper will make her Essence Festival debut when the annual event returns to New Orleans on July 2-5. Also just added to the lineup is fellow Grammy Award-winner Usher , who last headlined the festival's main…

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