Both African and African-American influences have always pervaded Erykah Badu’s music and public image. Thanks to a DNA test through OkayPlayer’s series The Roots Of…, however, Badu has managed to trace her precise heritage back to the Central African country of Cameroon, which led her on a journey of discovery and spiritual enlightenment that you can check out above.
Badu’s newfound connection with her roots will apparently have an impact on her upcoming album, which is still lacking a release date or even a title. Many of us have been awaiting her followup to New Amerykah pt. 2: Return of the Ankh for years, and no matter what stylistic touches she brings to the table, it’s bound to be as smooth and intoxicating as anything Fat Belly Bella’s ever put out.