Earlier this month, Erykah Badu dropped “HOTLINE BLING BUT U CAINT USE MY PHONE MIX”, a remix of Drake’s wildly popular, almost #1 Billboard hit “Hotline Bling” that she said would appear on a forthcoming mixtape called But You Caint Use My Phone. (The title is a reference to her 1997 track “Tyrone”, where she explains to her no good man that he didn’t have to go home but he definitely had to get the hell up out of there) In an interview with Noisey, Badu said the mixtape will be released next week. She didn’t offer any details, but said “the usual suspects” would be involved.
She also offered up her two cents on the Drake and Meek Mill beef. “Loved it,” she said. “That’s what hip-hop is about to me. I liked that. That’s the way we’re supposed to handle it! I encourage it.”
October 29-31, Badu will debut “Live Nudity”, a largely improvised one-woman show, at Dallas’ Black Academy of Arts and Letters. “I have a format, kind of, but I haven’t really had time to write a 60-minute show, so we just have to see what happens,” she said.”
“It’s not biographical,” she told Guide Live. “It’s kind of stream-of-consciousness. I’m a pretty spontaneous artist.” She said she had booked prospective performances in New York and Los Angeles theaters, but that she “chickened out.”
She continued: “The title really expresses the pure honesty of my many personas. And we’re not going to let you know if I’ll actually be nude or not — you’re going to have to come see.” We already saw a whole lot of Ms Badu in her music video for Window Seat back in 2010 so even if she remained covered in all of the ethnic printed wraps, we’d be satisfied.
Badu is also set to host the Soul Train Music Awards, airing on BET and Centric on November 29th
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