The album blends R&B, hip hop, and jazz influences with Badu's introspective and socially conscious lyrics.

Artist: Erykah Badu

Genre: US Hip Hop

Label: Island

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The debut album by the American singer/songwriter, originally released in February 1997. After leaving university in order to concentrate on music full-time, Badu then began touring with her cousin, Robert 'Free' Bradford, and 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. Recording sessions for the album took place from January to October 1996 in New York City, Philadelphia, and Dallas. Features the singles 'On & On', 'Next Lifetime', 'Otherside of the Game' and 'Appletree'.

About the artist

Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. Her music incorporates elements of R&B, soul, hip hop, and jazz. Badu has released several critically acclaimed albums, including "Baduizm" (1997), "Mama's Gun" (2000), and "New Amerykah Part One" (2008). She is known for her unique voice, socially conscious lyrics, and spiritual themes.

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