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 some kind of technical glitch keeping the album off iTunes. Badu says it has to do with heavy traffic — “I think we broke iTunes,” she tweeted last night — but whatever the case, you can hear the songs individually on Apple Music by searching the album title. The closing track is called “Hello” — timely! — and it features André 3000, Badu’s former boyfriend and the father of her son Seven.
UPDATE: The technical glitch on iTunes/Apple Music is still valid, but you’re able to stream But You Caint Use My Phone in full right now via Datpiff. We’ve already heard “Phone Down” and Badu’s cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” which appears on the tape as “Cell U Lar Device.” Listen to the mixtape and check out the tracklist below.
01 “Caint Use My Phone Suite”
03 “Cell U Lar Device”
04 “Phone Down”
05 “U Use To Call Me”
06 “Mr. Telephone Man”
07 “U Don’t Have To Call”
08 “Whats Yo Phone Number”
10 “I’ll Call U Back”
This album marks Badu’s first full-length release since 2010’s New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh. The title of the tape is a reference to her own 1997 song “Tyrone,” and according to a press release, “Each song makes reference to telephones and our own reliance on staying inter-connected.” Badu recorded the project in Dallas with producer Zach Witnessin, and this is how the press release describes it:
Highly renowned for her forward-thinking, eclectic and cerebral sound, the mixtape expertly weaves Erykah Badu’s trademark soulful vocals with psychedelic soundscapes, Hip Hop-inflected beats, smooth R&B, jazz, art-rock and found sounds into a new genre Erykah describes as TRap & B. Badu and Witnessin dedicated a lot of time to precise mixing work, toying with EQs and other filters so that the sound’s frequency and vibration move in tandem to capture a feeling she refers to as ‘sympathetic vibration.’ Badu also used a tuning fork and Tibetan singing bowls to fine-tune these details, with the goal of creating a sound that brings peace and tranquility to its listener. It is a sound that Badu herself refers to as a ‘whole new frequency’ for fans.
But You Caint Use My Phone is out now as an iTunes/Apple Music exclusive. It will be available on other digital services 12/4.
An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Drake appears on two songs, “U Use to Call Me” and “What’s Yo Phone Number.” Representatives for Badu have confirmed that it’s actually Atlanta rapper Aubrey Davis, also known as ItsRoutine, not Aubrey Graham.