|Studio album by Erykah Badu|
|Released||February 11, 1997|
Sigma Sounds & Ivory Studios
(New York City)
Dallas Sound Lab
|Producer||Kedar Massenburg (exec.), Erykah Badu, Jaífar Barron, Robert Bradford, Madukwu Chinwah, JaBorn Jamal, Ike Lee III, Richard Nichols, James Poyser, Bob Power, The Roots, Tone the Backbone|
|Erykah Badu chronology|
|Singles from Baduizm|
Baduizm is the debut album by American R&B and neo soul recording artist Erykah Badu, released on February 11, 1997 by Kedar Records. After leaving university in order to concentrate on music full-time, Badu then began touring with her cousin, Robert "Free" Bradford, where she 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 during January to October 1996 at Battery Studios in New York City, Sigma Sounds & Ivory Studios in Philadelphia, and Dallas Sound Lab in Dallas.
Upon release Baduizm was met with universal acclaim from music critics who praised the album's musical style and Badu's "artistic vision"; other critics noted similarities between Badu and Billie Holiday. Baduizm was a commercial success debuting at number two on the Billboard charts and number one on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, the album was awarded with a variety of certifications, it was certified three times platinum by Recording Industry Association of America, Gold by British Phonographic Industry and Gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.
The album was promoted with the release of four singles "On & On" - "Next Lifetime" - "Otherside of the Game" - "Apple Tree". The album won numerous accolades including winning awards for "On & On" and winning the Best R&B Album for Baduizm at the Grammy Awards. The album serves as a landmark album in the neo soul genre, Baduizm's success earned Erykah Badu popularity at the time and helped establish her as one of the emerging neo soul genre's leading artists. 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
At the age of 14, Erykah was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove. In her youth, she had decided to change the spelling of her first name from Erica to Erykah, as she believed her original name was a "slave name." The term 'kah' signifies the inner self. She adopted a surname of Badu because it is her favorite jazz scat sound; also, among the Akan people in Ghana, it is the term for the 10th-born child. Upon graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Badu went on to study theater at Grambling State University, a historically black college. To concentrate on music full-time, she left the university in 1993 before graduating, and took on several minimum-wage jobs to support herself. She taught drama and dance to children at the South Dallas Cultural Center. Working and touring with her cousin, Robert "Free" Bradford, she 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 during January to October 1996 at Battery Studios in New York City, Sigma Sounds & Ivory Studios in Philadelphia, and Dallas Sound Lab in Dallas. Badu revealed on Twitter that her debut album, was partly influenced by Brandy's debut album, saying in a tweet, “Brandy's first album was one of my inspirations when writting Baduizm. I looove that album [...] songs i liked were "I Wanna Be Down" and "Always on My Mind"... nice."
Badu stated the album was inspired by her heritage, stating the during the recording process she was embracing, her culture and African heritage, particularly head wraps and African drums. After the album was recorded and ready to be released, Badu persuaded the label to let her go back to Philadelphia in order to record "Otherside of the Game" and "Sometimes", which where originally demos from a meeting with the band The Roots, who she had met following her record deal. During the short stint in Philadelphia Badu and The Roots came up with various songs, whilst "Sometimes" was originally wrote for Black Thought to rap on, the sessions in Philadelphia only produced the two latter songs, whilst the other material from the sessions was scrapped.
Erykah Badu provided vocals, keyboards, programming on the album with the help of Madukwu and N'Dambi who also proved vocal. Bob Power, Tone The Backbone proved various instruments and helped with the albums programming alone side Ike Lee III who provided keyboards and programming and John Meredith who handled the albums drum programming. Jazz legend Ron Carter supplied bass for the track "Drama". Badu enlisted producers Madukwu Chinwah, Bob Power, JaBorn Jamal, Ike Lee III, with contributions from Badu herself, Badu also enlisted Michael Gilbert, Chris Trevit, Bob Powers to engineer the project. The album was mixed by Ken "Duro" Ifill; Tim Latham; Bob Power.
The album generally met with positive reviews. John Bush of AllMusic praised the album, stating: "Erykah Badu's revolution in sound -- heavier hip-hop beats over organic, conscientious soul music -- was responsible for her breakout, but many of the songs on Baduizm don't hold up to increased examination." He also labeled Badu's style as "closer to Diana Ross playing Billie Holiday." Greg Kot of Chicago Tribune commented: "Rather than merely mimicking Holiday, Badu offers a canny update of the socially conscious soul of the early '70s with her midtempo grooves and sultry, conversational vocals." Entertainment Weekly wrote: "Erykah Badu's nouvelle-soul debut, Baduizm, hits the target, blows it up, reinvents it. Sweetly cooing over Ron Carter's walking bass rhythms and the Roots' poetic wordplay, the singer echoes Lady Day — especially in her phrasing and cadence."
Robert Hilburn of Los Angeles Times commented: "Freely mixing musical eras and inspirations (Billie Holiday to Stevie Wonder, jazz to hip-hop), Badu combines supper-club sophistication with an artistic vision as unique and independent as that of the Artist in the days when he was still known as Prince." Writing for Rolling Stone, Miles Marshall Lewis stated: "Baduizm showcases the heart and soul of a bohemian B-girl who happens to have an effortless jazz swing." In his assessment of the album, USA Today critic Steve Jones wrote: "Badu can be mesmerizing, and she has a singular style that sets her apart from the crowd." Karen R. Good of Vibe magazine was positive in his review, interpreting the album as "a conduit of awakening of something dark, familiar and long slept." The Village Voice reviewer Greg Tate also deemed the album as favorable.
The album was met with critical and commercial success, debuting at number two on the Billboard charts and number one on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. 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. Her particular style of singing drew many comparisons to Billie Holiday. Baduizm was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, Gold by the British Phonographic Industry and the Canadian Recording Industry Association.   
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.") Although she disputes the term, Erykah Badu has been dubbed "the first lady of neo soul" and "the queen of neo-soul". 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. 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.
Music writers have credited the breakthroughs of D'Angelo's Brown Sugar (1995), Erykah Badu's Baduizm (1997), Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (1996), and Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) with shaping and raising the neo soul movement to commercial visibility into the late 1990s. According to Farley, D'Angelo's album "gives a nod to the past, [...] mints his own sound, with golden humming keyboards and sensual vocals and unhurried melodies [...] His songs were polished without being slick and smart without being pretentious", while Badu "brought an iconoclastic spirit to soul music, with her towering Afrocentric headwraps, incense candles, and quirky lyrics". Baduizm sold nearly three million copies and won Badu two Grammy Awards.
In 1997, Badu received six nominations and won three, Favorite Female Solo Single for "On & On", Favorite Female Solo Album for Baduizm and Best R&B/Soul or Rap Song of the Year for "On & On" at the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. In 1998, Badu received fourteen nominations and won eight, including Favorite R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist at the American Music Awards; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "On & On" and Best R&B Album for Baduizm at the Grammy Awards; Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Female Artist at the NAACP Image Awards; Favorite Female Soul/R&B Single for "On & On", Favorite Female Soul/R&B Album for Baduizm and Favorite New R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist for "On & On" at the Soul Train Music Awards.
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."
|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|
|Special edition bonus tracks|
|15.||"On & On (Jazz Mix)"||Erykah Badu, JaBorn Jamal, Bob Powers||Bill Esses, Sir Charles||6:46|
|16.||"On & On (Da Boom Squad Remix)"||Erykah Badu, JaBorn Jamal, Bob Powers||Da Boom Squad||4:23|
|17.||"Appletree (2B3 Summer Vibes Mix)"||Erykah Badu, Robert Bradford, Ike Lee III||Neville Thomas, Pule Pheto, Robert Malcolm||4:35|
|18.||"Appletree (Live @ The Jazz Café)"||Erykah Badu, Robert Bradford, Ike Lee III||Ike Lee III, Erykah Badu||3:03|
|19.||"Next Lifetime Linslee Remix)"||Erykah Badu, A. Scott, Tone the Backbone||Linslee Campbell||5:55|
|20.||"A Child with the Blues" (Terrance Blanchard)||Curtis Mayfield||5:13|
- Erykah Badu - keyboard, vocals, background vocals
- Ron Carter - bass
- Madukwu Chinwah - voices
- Ike Lee III - keyboard
- N'Dambi - voices
- Bob Power - guitar, keyboard, multiple instruments
- Tone Da Backbone - multiple instruments
|Swedish Albums Chart||7|
|UK Albums Chart||17|
|US Billboard 200||2|
|US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||1|
|US Billboard 200||20|
- Chart procession and succession
EV3 by En Vogue
|Billboard 200 number-one album (second run)
June 8–20, 1997
Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G.
|United States||3× Platinum|
|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|
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