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Studio album by Erykah Badu
Released February 11, 1997
Recorded January—October 1996
Battery Studios
(New York, New York)
Dallas Sound Lab
(Dallas, Texas)
Sigma Sounds & Ivory Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre Neo soul, R&B, jazz, chill-out
Length 58:15
Label Kedar/Universal
Producer Erykah Badu, Jaífar Barron, Robert Bradford, Madukwu Chinwah, JaBorn Jamal, Ike Lee III, Richard Nichols, James Poyser, Bob Powers, The Roots, Tone the Backbone
Erykah Badu chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
Los Angeles Times favorable[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[7]
Vibe favorable[8]
The Village Voice favorable[9]
Yahoo! Music favorable[10]

Baduizm is the debut album of R&B and neo soul musician Erykah Badu, released February 11, 1997 on Kedar Records.[11] Recording sessions for the album took place during January to October 1996 at Battery Studios in New York City, Sigma Sounds & Ivory Studios in Philadelphia, and Dallas Sound Lab in Dallas.[12] Production was handled by Badu, Madukwu Chinwah, John Meredith, James Poyser, and The Roots. Baduizm serves as a landmark album in the neo soul genre, as it helped develop its popularity and commercial visibility at the time of the album's release.


Baduizm established Badu as a popular artist and received reviews lauding her return to the simplicity of early-1970s soul. (And, - "Like the conscious soul era it invoked - the Stevies , Slys and Marvins and Curtis Mayfields of the early '70s - its politics and social comment strived to be inclusive, to understand why a vicious, materialist attitude had permeated black culture since the Reagan '80s.") [13] Badu's original claim to fame was bass-heavy, groovy beats and emotionally charged lyrics. The most popular song from the album, which led to her subsequent fame, was "On & On". On July 17, 2007, a special edition of Baduizm was released which contains the original album plus a bonus CD which contains different versions on "On & On", "Appletree", "Next Lifetime", and "A Child With the Blues" (originally featured in the film Eve's Bayou).

Baduizm's commercial and critical success earned Erykah Badu popularity at the time and helped establish her as one of the emerging neo soul genre's leading artists.[14] Along with D'Angelo's Brown Sugar (1995) and Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (1996), the album has been recognized by music writers for beginning neo soul's popularity and helping the genre obtain commercial visibility at the time.[15][16][17] Baduizm is listed as one of the 261 greatest albums since punk and disco (the year 1976), in the music critic Garry Mulholland's book Fear of Music (ISBN 0-7528-6831-4). 'This record works as seduction soundtrack, Saturday night chill-out, Sunday morning church replacement. The success of Erykah Badu's masterpiece briefly threatened to inspire a new era in conscious soul. But only Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo were at her level. Baduizm stands alone, a missing link between '70s street funk, basement jazz, bohemian hip hop and the blues reinventions of Portishead."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Rimshot (Intro)"   Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah Madukwu Chinwah 1:56
2. "On & On"   Erykah Badu, JaBorn Jamal Bob Powers, JaBorn Jamal 3:45
3. "Appletree"   Erykah Badu, Robert Bradford Ike Lee III , Erykah Badu 4:25
4. "Otherside of the Game"   Erykah Badu, The Roots, Questlove, Richard Nichols, James Poyser The Roots, Richard Nichols 6:33
5. "Sometimes (Mix #9)"   Erykah Badu, The Roots, Richard Nichols, James Poyser The Roots, Richard Nichols, James Poyser 0:44
6. "Next Lifetime"   Erykah Badu, A. Scott Tone the Backbone 6:26
7. "Afro (Freestyle Skit)"   Erykah Badu, James Poyser, Jaífar Barron Erykah Badu, James Poyser, Jaífar Barron 2:04
8. "Certainly"   Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah Madukwu Chinwah 4:43
9. "4 Leaf Clover"   David Lewis, Wayne Lewis Ike Lee III , Erykah Badu 4:34
10. "No Love"   Erykah Badu, Robert Bradford Robert Bradford 5:08
11. "Drama"   Erykah Badu, Ty Macklin Bob Powers 6:02
12. "Sometimes..."   Erykah Badu, The Roots, Richard Nichols, James Poyser The Roots, Richard Nichols, James Poyser 4:10
13. "Certainly (Flipped It)"   Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah Madukwu Chinwah 5:26
14. "Rimshot (Outro)"   Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah Madukwu Chinwah 2:19






Chart (1997) Peak
Swedish Albums Chart[18] 7
UK Albums Chart[19] 17
US Billboard 200[20] 2
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[21] 1


Year Single Chart Peak
1997 On & On US Billboard Hot 100 12
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1
US Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 9
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 23

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
EV3 by En Vogue
Billboard 200 number-one album (second run)
June 8 - June 20, 1997
Succeeded by
Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Recipient Category Result
1998 Baduizm Best R&B Album Won
"On & On" Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Won
Best R&B Song Nominated
Erykah Badu Best New Artist Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bush, John. Review: Baduizm. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-08-03.
  2. ^ Kot, Greg. "Review: Baduizm". Chicago Tribune: 53. February 21, 1997. Archived from the original on 2009-08-09. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  3. ^ Columnist. Review: Baduizm. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-08-03.
  4. ^ Hilburn, Robert. Review: Baduizm. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-08-03.
  5. ^ Columnist. "Review: Baduizm". Q: 117. March 1997.
  6. ^ Lewis, Miles Marshall. Review: Baduizm. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2008-08-03.
  7. ^ Jones, Steve. "Review: Baduizm". USA Today: 06.D. February 11, 1997. Archived from the original on 2009-09-01. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  8. ^ Good, Karen R. "Review: Baduizm". Vibe: 133–134. March 1997.
  9. ^ Tate, Greg. "Review: Baduizm". The Village Voice: 65, 69. February 18, 1997.
  10. ^ Stern, Chip. Review: Baduizm. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2009-08-03.
  11. ^ Baduizm: Overview. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-04-13.
  12. ^ "Miles Marshall Lewis: Tags". Retrieved 2010-11-26. 
  13. ^ Garry Mulholland Fear of Music p. 292
  14. ^ O'Donnell, David. Review: Baduizm. BBC Music. Retrieved on 2009-08-03.
  15. ^ Shapiro (2006), p. 104–105.
  16. ^ Nelson, Trevor. Radio 1 Listeners Top 50 Albums of 1993-2003. TrevorNelson. Retrieved on 2009-03-30.
  17. ^ Harvilla, Rob. Maxwell Returns. So Do the Giant Panties. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-03-31.
  18. ^ "". Retrieved 7 July 2009.  The album peaked at 7th place on 2 May 1997
  19. ^ Garry Mulholland ; Fear of Music p.291 ISBN 0-7528-6831-4
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