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It generated three singles: "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)", "Danger" and "Back in the Day (Puff)" with 'Love' becoming her second song to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. It contained the album's lead single "Window Seat", which led to controversy.
Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop, Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for her eccentric style, which often included wearing very large and colorful headwraps. As an actress, she has played a wide range of supporting roles in movies including Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules and House of D.
Working and touring with her cousin, Robert "Free" Bradford, she recorded a 19-song demo, Country Cousins, which attracted the attention of Kedar Massenburg.
He set Badu up to record a duet with D'Angelo, "Your Precious Love", and eventually signed her to a record deal with Universal Records.
Badu tweets, "Sound check, performance, photo opps, ghost.
He was super shy."Badu quickly shuts down the rumors when a fan brings up Lamar's line from "No More Parties in LA," which goes, "Well cutie, I love your bougie booty/Come Erykah Badu me/Hell, let's make a movie."The Dallas, Texas native responded, "Let me educate u real fast lil mama. Sometimes it's between the ears."In other news, Kendrick Lamar put on a July 4 performance alongside Janelle Monae at the White House for Malia Obama's 18th birthday.
To concentrate on music full-time, she left the university in 1993 before graduating, and took on several minimum-wage jobs to support herself.
Badu had her first taste of show business at the age of four, singing and dancing at the Dallas Theater Center and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) under the guidance of her Godmother, Gwen Hargrove, and uncle, and founder of TBAAL, Curtis King.Badu discussed their meeting at the 2013 BET Awards.She writes, "Kendrick ain't called me since y'all made up some shit about us being in the trailer makin out so he missed his award."The 45-year-old singer-songwriter says Lamar kept things professional.By the age of 14, Badu was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove.In her youth, she had decided to change the spelling of her first name from Erica to Erykah, as she believed her original name was a "slave name". She adopted the surname "Badu" because it is her favorite jazz scat sound; also, among the Akan people in Ghana, it is the term for the 10th-born child. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Badu went on to study theater at Grambling State University, a historically black university.