"Erykah Badu" (born "Erica Abi Wright" on February 26 1971 in Dallas, Texas) is one of the US-American neo-soul, R&B/hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. She is best known for her singles "You Got Me," her collaboration with The Roots, as well as her own songs "Tyrone", "Next Lifetime", "On & On", and "Clevah." Influenced early on by signers such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Chaka Khan, (her all-time favorite artist), Erykah was taking to the local radio microphones, freestyling on the air by the age of 14.
While a dance student at Booker T. Washington High, Dallas' artsy school, "MC Apples" (her high school nickname) used her freestyle rap skills as a member of a female rap duo. Not only was she known as MC Apples, but she would also no longer be known as Erica -- as she felt it was a slave name -- and opted to change her name by adding "Kah" to the end (rather than "Ca"), since "Kah," connotes the inner self.
She went from Wright to Badu, as it was similar to a sound she made while scatting (incidentally, she later learned that Badu is Arabic for "to manifest truth and light").
Once a high school graduate, Erykah went on to study theater at t...
|Born||February 26 1971|
|Genre||Rhythm and blues|