Erykah Badu has kept the world waiting on baited breath for the better part of 5.5 years for a proper followup to New Amerykah pt 2. Return of the Ankh, and it looks like we’ll have some new music to chew on in the very near future.
Badu had quite a bit to get off her chest during her interview with Craig Jenkins at Noisey, including the fact that her covers mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone is coming out sometime next week. The tape started off as just one song – Badu’s beautiful 7-minute interpretation of Drake’s smash hit “Hotline Bling” – and quickly evolved into a full-fledged project that will soothe our earholes soon enough.
Boundary pushing young artists also came into the conversation, and Badu sounded off on a handful: “Drake because he’s ever-evolving,” she said. “He keeps forecasting what will happen. He pays attention to what’s going on and then he embodies it. I love Young Thug. He kinda does the same thing.” But Fat Belly Bella saved the rest of her love for Odd Future: “They’re a whole entertainment corp,” Badu claimed. “Instead of creating music, they have created a movement, and I really admire that kind of thing because I think that’s what this generation is really going to be noted for. Pushing boundaries and recreating the things that we experimented with and taking them to a higher level. The fearlessness is awesome.”
Check out the whole interview here and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Badu’s tape next week.