Honey (Erykah Badu song)
|Single by Erykah Badu|
|from the album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)|
|Released||December 11, 2007|
|Format||CD single, digital download|
|Length||5:21 (Album Version)
4:37 (Radio Edit)
19:10 (Remix Version)
|Writer(s)||Erykah Badu, 9th Wonder, F. Baskett, C. McDonald, D. Shields|
|Erykah Badu singles chronology|
"Honey" is a song by Erykah Badu, released on December 11, 2007, as the lead single from her 2008 album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War). The song was produced by 9th Wonder and samples singer Nancy Wilson's 1978 song "I'm in Love".
Directed by Badu and Chris Robinson, the song's music video was released on January 28, 2008, and was conceived by Badu as an homage to classic records. Set in a small business record store, it follows a customer looking through vintage R&B, hip hop, and rock LP albums, with the albums' cover artwork depicted as moving images with Badu cast in them. According to Robinson, "We wanted a video that spoke to Badu's eclecticism. Those album covers represent all the influences that she embodies." Albums covers that were recreated in the video are those of:
- Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (1975) by Rufus
- Blue (2006) by Diana Ross
- Maggot Brain (1971) by Funkadelic
- Paid in Full (1987) by Eric B. & Rakim
- Honey (1975) by Ohio Players
- Perfect Angel (1975) by Minnie Riperton
- Chameleon (1976) by Labelle
- 3 Feet High and Rising (1989) by De La Soul
- Let It Be (1970) by The Beatles
- Illmatic (1994) by Nas
- Physical (1981) by Olivia Newton-John
- Nightclubbing (1981) by Grace Jones
- Head to the Sky (1973) by Earth, Wind & Fire
As a video within a video, the record store's video screen plays an excerpt of the song "Annie" performed by Badu's side project Edith Funker, which features Questlove, James Poyser, Nikka Costa, Mike Elizondo, and Wendy Melvoin. The video also features a cameo appearance by Sa-Ra member Shafiq Husayn. The video also features a recreated version of Rolling Stone magazine's front cover for its January 1981 issue, which originally featured John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||88|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||22|
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