Live (Erykah Badu album)

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Live album by Erykah Badu
Released November 18, 1997
Genre jazz, neo soul, rap
Length 76:58
Label Kedar, Universal
Producer Erykah Badu,
Norman "Keys" Hurt
Erykah Badu chronology
Mama's Gun
Professional ratings
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Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
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Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Live is a live concert album by American R&B singer Erykah Badu, released in 1997 (see 1997 in music). Released in the fall of 1997, with her debut album Baduizm released earlier that year, Live quickly went double platinum with the radio hit "Tyrone".

Live includes cover versions of songs by Chaka Khan ("Stay"), Roy Ayers ("Searchin'") and a medley of Heatwave's "Boogie Nights", The Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long", and Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.) by Tom Browne.

The album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 1999 Grammy Awards, while the track "Tyrone" was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rimshot (Intro)" (Erykah Badu, Madukwu Chinwah) – 3:48
  2. "Otherside of the Game" (Badu, Bro.Questlove, Richard Nichols, James Poyser, The Roots) – 8:21
  3. "On & On" (Badu, Jaborn Jamal) – 5:25
  4. "Reprise" – 2:13
  5. "Appletree" (Badu, Robert Bradford) – 2:54
  6. "Ye Yo" (Badu) – 6:07
  7. "Searching" (Roy Ayers) – 4:26
  8. "Boogie Nights/All Night" (James A. Johnson, Rodney L. Temperton) – 6:03
  9. "Certainly" (Badu, Chinwah) – 7:06
  10. "Stay" (Richard Calhoun, Chaka Khan) – 4:58
  11. "Next Lifetime (Interlude)" (Badu, Tone The Backbone [Anthony Scott]) – 1:30
  12. "Tyrone" (Badu, Norman "Keys" Hurt) – 3:56
  13. "Next Lifetime" (Badu, Tone the Backbone [Anthony Scott]) – 12:05
  14. "Tyrone" [Extended Version] (Badu, Hurt) – 5:40


Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard 200 4[1]
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1[2][3]
US Billboard Top Country Albums 70


  • Erykah Badu – vocals
  • Charles "Poogie" Bell, Jr. – drums
  • Karen Bernod – background vocals
  • Hubert Eaves IV – bass
  • Norman "Keys" Hurt – keyboard
  • N'Dambi – background vocals
  • Joyce M. Strong – background vocals


  • Producers: Erykah Badu, Norman "Keys" Hurt
  • Executive producers: Erykah Badu, Kedar Massenburg
  • Engineers: Erykah Badu, Norman "Keys" Hurt, Gorden Mack, Kenny Ortíz
  • Mixing: Erykah Badu, Norman "Keys" Hurt, Gorden Mack, Kenny Ortíz
  • Mastering: Tom Coyne
  • Art direction: D. Simmons, M. Warlow
  • Cover art concept: Erykah Badu, Clymenza Hawkins
  • Design: P. Geczik, Lance Ong
  • Layout design: P. Geczik
  • Photography: Imari Dusauzay, Imari Dusauzay
  • Artwork: P. Geczik, Lance Ong

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