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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 afternoon Badu tweeted links to both videos, and if you watch them both in a row, she’s definitely not wrong. More »

By: Caitlin White / July 20, 2015 - 11:51 am

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 whatever mundane local story is unfolding. Last year, she interrupted a live shot in New York and tried to kiss a newscaster. And last night in her Dallas hometown, she… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015 - 9:31 am

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 the rapper and said that she “tried,” Banks ascended from whatever hell dimension she constantly checks her @-replies in to call her out. “When artists grow old and begin to… More »

By: James Rettig / February 15, 2015 - 10:57 am

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 told, is also pretty great. Next month, the show will air a special hour-long musical episode about police brutality. The episode titled “The Wizard Of Watts” concerns what happens whe… More »

By: 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 Pitchfork points out. The episode follows around main character Honey Bee who meets Marley’s character after he comes out of the sea and who “could be her happily ever after… More »

By: James Rettig / November 9, 2014 - 1:03 pm

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 that they would dump some change into her enormous hat. She wore enough chunky jewelry that I can’t believe nobody recognized her, and she pretty much just sang “gimme some… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 15, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Watch Erykah Badu Interrupt Live News Broadcast, Try To Kiss Reporter

On Thursday night, Shia LaBeouf was dragged out of a performance of Cabaret and arrested for “being disruptive” and smoking inside the theater. He was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and two counts of disorderly conduct. As Pitchfork points out, during a news broadcast for NY’s PIX 11 on Friday that covered the arrest,… More »

By: James Rettig / June 29, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Erykah Badu Defends Performance For Swazi King

King Mswati III is the monarch of the African nation of Swaziland. He holds absolute political power in his homeland, has 15 wives, and is worth about $200 million. His lavish lifestyle has been an economic albatross for his country, which perpetually exists near the brink of financial ruin. His regime has drawn tons of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2014 - 10:37 am

Watch R. Kelly, Janelle Monáe, Kendrick Lamar, Justin Timberlake Perform At 2013 BET Awards

Last night, BET held its annual awards show, and the broadcast produced a whole lot in the way of highlights. Kendrick Lamar did “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” with Erykah Badu singing the chorus and making the recorded version of the song more or less irrelevant, and then returned later to help Miguel with hi… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 1, 2013 - 10:25 am

Janelle Monáe – “Q.U.E.E.N.” (Feat. Erykah Badu) (Prince Remix)

Q.U.E.E.N.,” Janelle Monáe’s irresistible, Erykah Badu-assisted diva-funk vamp, stands as one of the greatest singles of the past few months, and it’s also yielded my favorite video of the year. And given just how hard Monáe sells her own brand of mutant art-kid squiggle-pop, it’s not too surprising that Prince, an obvious influence on Monáe’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Governors Ball 2013 In Words And Photos

In 1994, when there were no Vines or Instagrams or Twitter feeds or blog updates to at least slightly numb one’s FOMO, I watched MTV’s coverage of the Woodstock re-up as a means to dull my anger about being born in the ’80s. I was too young to go, and the dry, dirt-and-mud-free confines of… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 10, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Watch Miguel, Prince, Icona Pop Play Billboard Music Awards 2013

The Billboard Music Awards have historically been the most low-rent of America’s non-niche music awards shows, but last night, the show had an unexpected viral moment when Miguel, in the middle of a particularly spirited rendition of “Adorn,” attempted to jump over a section of the audience and ended up doing the Hulk Hogan legdro… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2013 - 9:36 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

You know this was a good week for music videos when 4Minute made a K-pop video with dancing zombies in it, one where they fight the dancing zombies by spraying hairspray at them, and it didn’t even crack my top five. The videos that did crack my top 5 are below. Enjoy. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 3, 2013 - 10:42 am

Janelle Monáe – “Q.U.E.E.N.” Video (Feat. Erykah Badu)

Whoo! Last month, Janelle Monáe released her Erykah Badu-assisted single “Q.U.E.E.N.,” an irresistible art-funk strut. And today, we get the sort of video that makes an already-great song even better. The new “Q.U.E.E.N.” video is a triumph of vicious charisma and graphic design, starring Monáe and Badu as thawed-out rebels who throw a dance-party i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2013 - 9:45 am

Janelle Monáe – “Q.U.E.E.N.” (Feat. Erykah Badu)

In the past few years, Janelle Monáe has released a far-reaching and ambitious robo-futuristic concept album and sung on a #1 single, and the only other person to accomplish both those things in an entire career might be David Bowie. She is a hero, and now she’s given us the first single from her forthcoming… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 23, 2013 - 9:07 am

Photos From Afro-punk Fest 2012: TV On The Radio, Erykah Badu, And More

This past weekend, Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park hosted the eighth annual Afro-punk Festival, a two-day event offering gourmet food trucks, street art, skating and BMX competitions, and an incredible musical lineup featuring TV On The Radio, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Das Racist, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, and dozens more. Photographer Greg Cristma… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 27, 2012 - 12:23 pm

Flying Lotus – “See Thru 2 U” (Feat. Erykah Badu)

Astral bass-music production overlord Flying Lotus is cashing in a whole lot of chips on new album Until The Quiet Comes; it’s the rare LP that features guest vocals from Thom Yorke and Erykah Badu. And this morning, we get to hear Badu’s contribution on the dizzy, jazz-inflected “See Thru 2 U,” on which Badu’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 16, 2012 - 11:32 am

Erykah Badu Is Not Happy With Wayne Coyne

Last week, we posted the video for “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” the Erykah Badu collaboration from the Flaming Lips’ collaborative album The Flaming Lips And Heavy Fwends. The video, which was truly weird and pretty uncomfortable to watch, has since been taken down, but it featured Erykah’s sister Nayrok — who… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 7, 2012 - 9:14 am

The Flaming Lips & Erykah Badu – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” Video (NSFW)

When the Flaming Lips linked up with Erykah Badu for their all-collaborations album The Flaming Lips And Heavy Fwends, they recorded a cover of the old folk song “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” most famously recorded by Roberta Flack. And now, that version of the song gets a video that’s about a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 1, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Rocket Juice And The Moon – “Hey Shooter” (Feat. Erykah Badu)

Earlier this month, we learned that Rocket Juice And The Moon — the unlikely and awkwardly monikered supergroup of Damon Albarn, Flea, and great Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen — were planning on releasing their self-titled album next month and that it would feature appearances from luminaries like Erykah Badu. And now the group has posted… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2012 - 9:24 am
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