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

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Erykah Badu performs on Day 2 of the Taste Of Chicago in Grant Park on July 9, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

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 Drake and her upcoming mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone (due Nov. 27).

Here are some highlights from the exchange:

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On Twitter beef with Azealia Banks:

“I think if we’re not careful, we let people instigate us into kind of weird situations… I was just saying some shit really. I didn't know she was going to read it."

On her relationship criteria: 

“I met them all under different circumstances and we all had very long relationships -- marriages of sorts -- but we’re very committed and honorable and learned and grew together ... They were always themselves, I just encourage them to be themselves... The power that I have does not just live between my thighs, it lives between my ears and I think I do more listening to them than talking to them. When you allow people to hear themselves, they really appreciate the friendship. I’m best friends with Jay Electronica, best friends with Andre [3000] and best friends with D.O.C.”

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On Drake:

“He’s an awesome human being. I met Drake under some really cool circumstances ... We love Drake and Drake adores Jay Electronica."

On being nude for her "Window Seat" video:

“Sometimes nudity is used to put focus on your political agenda. … Yes, I was petrified. You’re not supposed to look scared but I was… It was a ritual of sorts for me because in my mind, with each layer of clothing I was taking off, I was also shedding a layer of fear because I was afraid.”

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On shooting a Periscope video for "Phone Down":

“For “Phone Down,” one of the things I wanted to do was shoot a video live on Periscope and I made up the video as we went,” she said. “There’s something really alluring about to me -- having one chance to do something and then it self-destructs.”

On Jay Electronica's next album: 

“Jay don’t need to make an album. He can make one if he want to but he don’t need to do that. He’s an amazing MC. Jay is a person that comes into people’s lives and brings out the best in them. His Eternal Sunshine [project] can last us until 2029. I mean ‘cause I still haven’t heard anything as good as that."


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