Erykah Badu

Apr
1
Solange, Erykah Badu, & Ledisi Cover Essence’s Beauty Issue

Solange

Solange, Erykah Badu, and Ledisi are a portrait of beauty on the cover of Essence. The R&B divas exude confidence and style while gracing the magazine’s May Beauty Issue.

“I always knew that being 100% wholeheartedly me was going to pay off,” says Solange, who rocks her natural hair.

Erykah Badu shines in a sequined dress and yellow nail polish. “Beauty looks like encouragement, patience, acceptance, forgiveness, carefulness, and compassion. Beauty is spiritual and physical,” says the Dallas soulstress, who is currently working on the follow-up to 2010′s New Amerykah Part Two.

Grammy-nominated singer Ledisi reveals that she feels like the “sexiest thing in the world” when she’s on stage. “I started feeling beautiful because I came from beauty,” she says.

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Mar
16
Rick Ross, Erykah Badu, & JoJo Invade Fader Fort at SXSW

JoJo

After nearly a week of back-to-back shows from everyone from Gaga to Gunplay, South by Southwest came to a close on Saturday. Festivalgoers downed beer and BBQ before flocking to The FADER FORT to check out a diverse lineup that included Travi$ Scott, SZA, JoJo, Erykah Badu, Bun B, and Rick Ross.

JoJo hit the stage early in the afternoon. The singer, who signed a new deal with Atlantic Records this year, treated the Austin crowd to her hits “Too Little, Too Late” and “Leave (Get Out)” as well as covers of Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home” and Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” off her latest EP #LoveJo.

Following Travi$ Scott and SZA, Erykah Badu spread peace and love during her soulful set. Givenchy’s latest muse opened with “On & On” before going into “The Healer.” Backed by her band, she played the MPC while pulling from her expansive catalog.

“You come to Texas, you come with some shit, or you stay at your fu**ing house,” said the Dallas soulstress before performing a little of “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

MMG was also in the building. Rick Ross closed out Saturday’s festivities with a nearly hour-long set, opening with “Devil Is a Lie” and serving up some of his latest material including “Blk & Wht” off the No. 1 album in the country, Mastermind.

If you were not in Austin, you can catch highlights from Saturday’s bill below.

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Jun
30
Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu Perform at BET Awards

Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe closed out the BET Awards with a bang. The singer graced the stage in stilettos to perform “Q.U.E.E.N.” at Sunday’s show. She was joined by an Afro-sporting Erykah Badu, who walked on stage with a poodle to duet on their empowering anthem.

Janelle’s new album The Electric Lady is due September 10.

See the ladies funky and fabulous set below.

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Jun
30
Kendrick Lamar Performs with Erykah Badu at BET Awards

Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar missed accepting his award for Best New Artist so he could hit the stage to perform at the BET Awards. He opened with “M.A.A.D. City” and then brought out Erykah Badu to duet on his hit “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” The two walked hand-in-hand off stage after their soulful set.

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May
9
Erykah Badu Interviews Kendrick Lamar

Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar

Erykah Badu wears many hats, but this time she played reporter for Interview magazine. Her assignment was to interview the hottest MC in the game, Kendrick Lamar.

While the Compton rapper waited for a flight at the airport in Denver, Ms. Badu asked him all sorts of questions ranging from his favorite cereal to whether he would let a girl paint his toenails.

He also shared his top 10 MCs (Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac, Snoop, B.I.G., Eminem, André 3000, Rakim, Kurupt, and DMX) and learned the definition of an “asshole-checker.”

Check out some of the highlights from their enlightening conversation below.

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May
1
Video: Janelle Monáe f/ Erykah Badu – ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’

Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe jams with her best friend Erykah Badu in the funky fresh video for “Q.U.E.E.N.,” directed by Alan Ferguson. The rebellious ladies bring their collaboration to life in a living museum exhibit known as “Project Q.U.E.E.N.”

Janelle trades her tuxedo for a black-and-white dress, Givenchy heels, and tights, while her accomplice Badoula Oblongata walks a poodle and models avant-garde looks.

“I just love her. We call each other twins. I talk to her on the phone at least three or four times a week,” Janelle said of her BFF. “It was really inspired by our private conversation, dialogue that she and I have and continue to have. … She’s a strong woman, she’s an electric lady, she’s somebody that I look up to.”

The female anthem will appear on Janelle’s upcoming album The Electric Lady, due this summer.

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Apr
30
Video: Janelle Monáe f/ Erykah Badu – ‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ [Teaser]

Janelle Monáe

Lights, camera, action! Janelle Monáe suits up and steps into the spotlight in the teaser for her “Q.U.E.E.N.” video featuring Erykah Badu. The Wondaland Arts Society founder dons her signature black-and-white tux and bow tie while getting last-minute touch-ups from her glam squad.

The video will premiere Wednesday on BET’s “106 & Park,” and the funky jam can be found on Janelle’s upcoming album The Electric Lady.

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