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Erykah Badu Turns Kanye West’s ‘Real Friends’ Into ‘Trill Friends’ on New Remix

Erykah Badu appreciates good rap, so it's a welcome Tuesday surprise to hear that she's recorded a spiritual sequel to her revelatory "Hotline Bling" remix with…
James Grebey / January 12, 2016

Erykah Badu Releases Insane Mixtape, ‘+++BEATS BEES LIKE FOR B-BOYS AND B-GIRLS+++’

Bow down, for Erykah Badu, a.k.a. DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, has shared a squealing, squalling, sprawling 30-minute mixtape. Originally premiered on Zane Lowe's (or…
Harley Brown / January 8, 2016

Review: Erykah Badu Continues R&B’s Longtime Game of Telephone on ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’

In this pop moment of 17-38 squads, Gap Band pastiches, and Queen Adele looming on her throne, how bizarre that 2015’s runaway cultural convergence should…
Jason Gubbels / December 1, 2015

Erykah Badu to Iggy Azalea: ‘What You’re Doing Is Definitely Not Rap’

Erykah Badu capped off a busy week — during which she dropped her new mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone — by hosting last night's…
Brennan Carley / November 30, 2015

Stream Erykah Badu’s New Mixtape, ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’

Erykah Badu just released her new mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, and it's available to stream exclusively on Apple Music. Featuring the Drake-dedicated "Phone…
Brennan Carley / November 27, 2015

SPIN Singles Mix: DIIV, Matmos, Erykah Badu, and More

Welcome to SPIN’s Singles Mix! SPIN staffers have rounded up their favorite, must-hear tracks for your personal playlists. Collecting the finest from haze-pop melody makers, stopwatch-breaking…
SPIN Staff / November 11, 2015

Erykah Badu Suggests You Put Your ‘Phone Down’ on New Single

Last month, Erykah Badu announced a new mixtape called BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE with a remix of Drake's "Hotline Bling." Monday night she…
Colin Joyce / November 10, 2015

Erykah Badu Picks Up Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ With New Version

Now officially Drake's most frequently re-worked song since "Marvin's Room," the latest artist to take on his top-five hit "Hotline Bling" is his "Days in…
Andrew Unterberger / October 2, 2015

Erykah Badu Calls Out the Black Eyed Peas for Swiping Her Video Concept

The Black Eyed Peas made an unexpected return to the scene earlier this week, with the back-to-basics "Yesterday." The song saw the Peas (sans Fergie,…
Andrew Unterberger / July 19, 2015

YG, Freeway, and the LOX Cameo During Erykah Badu’s Set at Roots Picnic

Update: Full professional footage from Erykah Badu and the Roots' performance of "Love of My Life" surfaced Wednesday, June 24. In this new clip, Badu…
Andrew Unterberger / May 31, 2015

The Roots Picnic 2015 Lineup: Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, the Weeknd, and More

Every year, Philadelphia native sons the Roots return to the City of Brotherly Love for their star-studded Roots Picnic, which'll be held on May 30…
Brennan Carley / March 10, 2015

Adult Swim’s ‘Black Dynamite’ Plans Police Brutality Musical With Tyler, the Creator, Erykah Badu

Over the course of its two seasons, Adult Swim's blaxploitation parody Black Dynamite has occasionally enlisted some pretty special guests (including an inspired casting this…
Colin Joyce / December 21, 2014

Watch Chance the Rapper Play Bob Marley on Adult Swim’s ‘Black Dynamite’

Aside from palling around with Madonna and finishing up his new LP, avowed cartoon fan Chance the Rapper is also apparently starting up a burgeoning…
Colin Joyce / November 9, 2014

Watch Erykah Badu Halfheartedly Busk on a New York City Street

In the past few years, Erykah Badu has slowly turned into the wacky aunt who you love to see on holidays—who also sends you a…
Brennan Carley / October 15, 2014

Kid Cudi Reportedly Berates Crowd, Storms Offstage at OutKast Festival

OutKast's marathon reunion tour still has to roll on through a couple of music festivals in the coming weeks, but this past weekend, an Atlanta…
Colin Joyce / September 29, 2014

Watch Erykah Badu Interrupt NYC News Broadcast, Try to Kiss Reporter

Part of Erykah Badu's appeal has always been her willingness to get weird with her high-concept studio records. Over the weekend, Badu brought her eccentricities…
Colin Joyce / June 30, 2014

Dave Chappelle Enlists the Roots, Janelle Monae for New York Comeback

Dave Chappelle's return to standup has been pretty low-key, one widely publicized incident aside, and now we know he was working up to something big.
Marc Hogan / May 28, 2014

SXSW 2014: The Five Best Things We Saw Saturday

We are sleep-deprived. Everything we own is dirty. And we have not seen a vegetable for days. But SPIN's SXSW team also witnessed a bewildering…
SPIN Staff / March 16, 2014

Does Janelle Monae Dream of Electric Sheep?

There's something inscrutable about Janelle Monáe. Speaking with the 27-year-old, Kansas City-born musician, it can be difficult working out whether her intense self-assuredness is simply…
Anupa Mistry / September 5, 2013

Hear Janelle Monae Funk With Prince and Solange on Full ‘The Electric Lady’ Stream

Janelle Monáe is streaming her entire new album The Electric Lady a week early. Due September 10 via Bad Boy/Wondaland, the 19-track set features collaborations…
Chris Martins / September 3, 2013
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