If we’re talking about OGs, then multi-genre artist, producer, and DJ Erykah Badu is definitely one of them. While she has made a lot of music throughout her 20-year career, it’s still songs like On & On and Next Lifetime that keep her alive in our memories. It was a breakthrough at the time it came out — a little bit of jazz, R&B, funk, soul, and a lot of hip-hop. This sonic blend may seem to be the current trend in music, but she — together with Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, and Maxwell — paved the way for today’s abundance of neo-soul artists. Let that sink in for a bit.
But her creative spirit is not bound by any genre, which is why she and her art aged so well. An example: her 11-track compilation inspired by Drake’s hit Hotline Bling. It could’ve started out as a joke, but her idea to make a cover turned into a mixtape project with songs all about phones. It is also aptly titled But You Caint Use My Phone, referencing a line from one of her hits, Tyrone. While we can only dream of making a connection that solid, Erykah continues to work with new artists like Chance The Rapper and producer Mark Ronson.
Aside from music, she also extends her passion to helping a bigger community. She heads the nonprofit organization B.L.I.N.D. (Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-profit Development), which focuses on providing community-driven development for underprivileged youth through music, dance, theater, and visual arts. She is also a practicing midwife, helping mothers (most of whom cannot afford proper health care) successfully deliver their babies when she can. And she does all of that while raising her lovely children and continuing her work as a musical genius? A legit girl boss in our books, TBH.
She claims to be more of a touring artist than a recording one, so you can bet her stop in Manila is going to be one hell of a show. We also heard she does a lot of creative improvs during performances, but we haven’t seen her perform live so we can’t promise you anything. Guess we’ll all find out together then. We’re waiting excitedly , and so should you.
Erykah Badu vs. Everythang Tour 2017 A.D, Live in Manila will be on October 14, 2017, at the Harbour Garden Tent, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Tickets are available at www.malasimbo.com, www.worldwidewombasia.com, and SM Tickets.