Badu, Erykah

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Badu, Erykah Gender: F
Erica Abi Wright
born on 26 February 1971 at 01:10 (= 01:10 AM )
Place Dallas, Texas, 32n47, 96w48
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 07°02' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 19°41 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 03°55'

Erykah Badu (backstage for Nation19 magazine, 2011 photo by Radiobums)
photo: Radiobums at English Wikipedia, license gfdl


American singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, and actress. Badu's career began after opening a show for D'Angelo in 1994 in her hometown; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment. Her first album, Baduizm, was released on 11 February 1997. It spawned three singles: "On & On", "Next Lifetime" and "Otherside of the Game". The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Badu's first live album, Live, was released on 18 November 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.

Badu's second studio album, Mama's Gun (released 31 October 2000) spawned three singles: "Bag Lady", which became her first top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #6, "Didn't Cha Know?" and "Cleva". The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. Badu's third album, Worldwide Underground (released 16 September 2003) 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. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Badu's fourth album, New Amerykah Part One (26 February 2008) spawned two singles: "Honey" and "Soldier". New Amerykah Part Two (released in 2010) contained the lead single "Window Seat", which led to controversy.

Musically her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul subgenre. She is known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo-Soul". Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps. For her musical sensibilities, she has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians. 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. She also speaks at length in the documentaries Before the Music Dies and The Black Power Mixtapes.

n 1995, Badu became involved with rapper André 3000 of OutKast, with whom she had her first child, a son named Seven Sirius Benjamin, born 18 November 1997. Their relationship ended sometime in 1999. Their relationship inspired André 3000 to write the song "Ms. Jackson". In 2000, Badu was in a romantic relationship with fellow Soulquarian Common; their relationship ended in 2002. On 5 July 2004, Badu gave birth to a daughter, Puma Sabti Curry; Puma's father is West Coast rapper The D.O.C., originally from Dallas. On 1 February 2009, Badu gave birth to her third child, a girl named Mars Merkaba Thedford, with her boyfriend of five years, rapper Jay Electronica.

Badu has been a vegetarian for over 20 years, and had been a vegan for two years in 2008.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Keith, Om'Mas (born 20 December 1976)
  • associate relationship with Monáe, Janelle (born 1 December 1982). Notes: collaborators
  • spousal equivalent relationship with Common (born 13 March 1972). Notes: Circa 2000-2002
  • compare to chart of Maxwell (born 23 May 1973). Notes: 'Neo soul' pioneers


  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 18 November 1997 (Birth of son, Seven)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 5 July 2004 (Birth of daughter, Puma)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1 February 2009 at 1:30 PM in Dallas (Birth of daughter, Mars)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Frank Clifford quotes 1:10 AM from her to a mutual friend.

Previously Sy Scholfield quoted her on Twitter: "Double pisces /Sag. Rising/ Merc in Aquarius" [1]. Full name, date and place confirmed by Texas Birth Index.


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Vegan vegetarian)
  • Traits : Body : Race (Black)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Neo-Soul)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Record)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political