- NAME: Erykah Badu
- OCCUPATION: Singer
- BIRTH DATE: February 26, 1971 (Age: 43)
- Did You Know?: The mega hit "Tyrone" was actually improvised live.
- EDUCATION: Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Grambling State University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Dallas, Texas
- Full Name: Erica Abi Wright
- AKA: Erica Wright
- AKA: Erykah Badu
- ZODIAC SIGN: Pisces
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Erykah Badu is best known for her soulful music style, showcased on albums such as the Grammy Award-winning Baduizm and 1997's Live.
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Badu's third album, Mama's Gun, was released in 2000. She also contributed to the soundtrack of the Spike Lee film Bamboozled. She toured throughout the next few years, on her "Frustrated Artist Tour," and in 2003 she released Worldwide Underground, a somewhat experimental album that featured some of hip-hop's finest. The song "Love of My Life Worldwide" features Angie Stone,
Queen Latifah and Bahamadia, and once again won Badu a Grammy, this time for best R&B song.
In 2003, Badu also gave back to the community in which she had grown up by transforming the dilapidated Black Forest Theater in downtown Dallas into a space for charity events and theater. It would also serve as the offices for her nonprofit, B.L.I.N.D. (Beautiful Love Incorporated Nonprofit Development), which she founded in 1997 as a means of bringing culture and arts to inner-city areas to cultivate change.
In 2004, Badu gave birth to her second child, daughter Puma Sabti. The same year, she participated in the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, performing several songs with fellow R&B superstars. The following year, Badu launched her own music label, Control FreaQ Records. The label's primary mission is to allow its artists creative freedom. Its first artist was Jay Electronica, with whom Badu would also become romantically involved.
Badu released her fourth studio album New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War in 2008. Rolling Stone named the album one of the year's best. In 2009, Badu and Jay Electronica announced the birth of their daughter, Mars Merkaba.
Badu's fifth studio album, New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, emerged in 2010 with a softer tone than its predecessor. As the reigning queen of neo-soul, Badu continues to create music, art and spirituality everywhere she goes.
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