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It never topped Billboard’s Hot 100, didn’t receive any Grammy nominations, and wasn’t among YouTube’s 10 most popular music videos this year, but in 2015 Drake’s “Hotline Bling” dominated online culture like no other song.

This huffy, nineteen85-produced one-off had an inauspicious mid-summer debut on Beats 1’s OVO Sound Radio, where it was… More »

We’re in the final stretch here; 2015 is quickly drawing to a close and we’re looking back on the year that was. But hey, we’ve still got a few more weeks to go, and with each of those weeks, another 5 Best Songs. Quick programming note: This list actually takes into consideration songs released over… More »

Funny story: My sister-in-law was watching TV with her boyfriend recently when Adele appeared, as she has been wont to do this autumn, and the boyfriend — a twentysomething high school teacher and wrestling coach from rural Ohio — said, “Who’s that?” There’s your proof that at least one person in the Western world remains… More »

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Erykah Badu – “Trill Friends”

Kanye West's excellent Ty Dolla $ign collab "Real Friends" is only a few days old, but Erykah Badu has already remixed it, giving it the…
Tom Breihan | January 12, 2016 - 10:40 am

Erykah Badu Dares Her Iggy Azalea-Loving Kids To Go Live With Iggy Azalea

Erykah Badu may have released one of the best mixtapes of the year, but outside of music sometimes it's impossible to figure out what the
James Rettig | December 8, 2015 - 1:17 pm
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Album Of The Week: Erykah Badu But You Caint Use My Phone

Two of the biggest songs of the last few months -- Adele's "Hello" and Drake's "Hotline Bling" -- are about, among other things, calling people…
Tom Breihan | December 1, 2015 - 12:18 pm
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Erykah Badu Clowns Iggy Azalea At The Soul Train Awards

Last night, Erykah Badu, who just released the fascinating But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, acted as host for BET's Soul Train Awards. And…
Tom Breihan | November 30, 2015 - 8:55 am
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Stream Erykah Badu’s But You Caint Use My Phone Mixtape Feat. André 3000

Erykah Badu's But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape is supposed to be on iTunes and Apple Music right now, but there seems to be…
Chris DeVille | November 27, 2015 - 10:50 am
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Watch Erykah Badu Perform With The Roots On Fallon

Last night, Erykah Badu sat in with the Roots on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. During the episode, she performed a number of songs…
Peter Helman | November 21, 2015 - 5:50 pm
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Erykah Badu – “Phone Down”

Last month, Erykah Badu shared her own seven-minute version of Drake's ubiquitous "Hotline Bling," and the song apparently inspired an entire "cell-u-lar de-vice"-themed mixtape, But
Peter Helman | November 9, 2015 - 10:16 pm
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Erykah Badu Debuts Batshit One-Woman Show

On Thursday night at Dallas' Black Academy Of Arts And Letters, Erykah Badu gave the first of three performances of her one-woman show "Live Nudity,"
Peter Helman | October 31, 2015 - 1:00 pm
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New Erykah Badu Mixtape Coming Next Week

Earlier this month, astral-soul genius Erykah Badu released her own seven-minute version of Drake's "Hotline Bling, calling it "Hotline Bling But You Caint Use My…
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2015 - 11:16 am
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Erykah Badu – “Hotline Bling” (Drake Cover)

Drake's wistful late-night booty-call ode "Hotline Bling" has turned into a bonafide sleeper hit. Disclosure and Sam Smith have already covered the song, and now…
Peter Helman | October 1, 2015 - 8:52 pm
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The Immortal Soul: The Revival Of Soul Music And Its History In Hip-Hop Production

Last week, the internet was taken by storm with scheduled and unscheduled hip-hop releases. Mac Miller premiered the track "100 Grandkids" off his long-delayed upcoming…
Stereogum | August 11, 2015 - 1:04 pm
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Erykah Badu Accuses Black Eyed Peas Of Stealing Her Video Concept

Erykah Badu has spotted some startling similarities between the Black Eyed Peas' brand new music video for "Yesterday" and her 2008 video for "Honey." Yesterday…
Caitlin White | July 20, 2015 - 11:51 am
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Watch Erykah Badu Crash Another Newscast

Do the newscasters of Dallas just sit around trading Erykah Badu war stories? That lady is not the slightest bit shy about jumping in on…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2015 - 9:31 am
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Azealia Banks Is Twitter Fighting With Erykah Badu Now

Surprise, surprise: Azealia Banks got into a spat with Erykah Badu on Twitter yesterday. After Badu replied to someone who asked if she listened to…
James Rettig | February 15, 2015 - 10:57 am
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Tyler, The Creator & Erykah Badu To Guest In Black Dynamite’s Police Brutality Musical

The 2009 movie Black Dynamite was a pretty great blaxploitation parody/homage, and since then, it's become the basis for an Adult Swim cartoon that, I'm…
Tom Breihan | December 19, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Watch Chance The Rapper As Bob Marley In Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite

Chance The Rapper played Bob Marley in last night's episode of Adult Swim's Black Dynamite, a cartoon series that's a parody/tribute to blaxploitation movies, as…
James Rettig | November 9, 2014 - 1:03 pm
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Watch Erykah Badu Busk For Change In Times Square

As a "street hustle experiment," Erykah Badu recently spent an evening posted up on a corner in Times Square, singing for passersby in the hope…
Tom Breihan | October 15, 2014 - 1:26 pm
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