Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)

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"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"
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Single by Erykah Badu featuring Common
from the album Brown Sugar (soundtrack) and Worldwide Underground
ReleasedAugust 20, 2002
FormatCD single
12-inch single
GenreUnderground hip hop
Length3:50 (Radio Edit)
5:37 (Soundtrack Version)
LabelMCA Records
Songwriter(s)Erykah Badu
Lonnie Rashid Lynn
Madukwu Chinwah
Robert Ozuma
James Poyser
Raphael Saadiq
Glen Standridge
Producer(s)Raphael Saadiq
Erykah Badu singles chronology
"Sweet Baby"
"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"

"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" is the title of a 2002 single by singer Erykah Badu and rapper Common. It spent four weeks at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and reached number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also won a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for Best Solo R&B/Soul Single and the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

The song was featured in the 2002 film Brown Sugar and is found on the film's soundtrack. The song, film, Common's song "I Used to Love H.E.R." and The Roots song "Act Too (The Love Of My Life)" all share a common theme: the personification of hip hop.


In 2003, the official remix entitled, "Love of My Life Worldwide" appeared on Erykah Badu's album, Worldwide Underground. "Funk You Up! (Love Of My Life Remix)" is another version of the song, with Badu rapping different lyrics. The remix contained rap vocals from Badu, Queen Latifah, Bahamadia and Angie Stone. This remix sampled "Funk You Up" by the rap group The Sequence, of which Angie Stone was a member.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" (Radio Edit) – 3:50
  2. "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" (Radio Edit Without Rap) – 3:41
  3. "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" (Brown Sugar Version) – 5:37
  4. "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop)" (Instrumental) – 4:28


Chart (2002) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 9
US Adult R&B Songs (Billboard)[2] 4
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 1