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is the debut album from Neo-Soul singer/songwriter/producer, Erykah Badu.
Erykah spoke on the process and effect of the record over a decade later during an interview with Billboard; You know, Baduizm was already finished by the time I got a record deal. This is how it needs to be.” They were making sure that I wasn’t being taken advantage of by the label’s ideas, A&Rs and all that kind of stuff.
I went into the studio to either add to it or refine it and the first studio I went into was Battery Studios in Manhattan, NY.
Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in 1994 in Fort Worth; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. New Amerykah Part Two was released in 2010 and fared well both critically and commercially.
She was working as a teacher when she got her big break opening for D'Angelo, who spotted her talent and recruited her to duet on a cover of Marvin Gaye's Precious Love for the soundtrack to comedy film High School High.
Drawing comparisons with Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, debut album Baduizm (1997) shot to Number 2 in the US on the back of the Grammy Award-winning hit single On & On, and is regarded as a landmark soul record for its smooth, rootsy experimentation, bassy grooves and impassioned social conscience.
Organic soul, natural R&B, boho-rap--it's music that owes a debt to the old-school sounds of Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and George Clinton without expressly mimicking any of them.
It refreshes these traditions with cinematic production techniques gleaned from hip-hop and with attitude that is street- smart but above all highly individual, celebrating quirks instead of sanding them down for mass consumption.