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

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"Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)"
Single by Erykah Badu featuring Common
from the album Brown Sugar soundtrack and Worldwide Underground
Released August 20, 2002
Format CD single
12-inch single
Recorded 2001
Genre Underground hip hop
Length 3:50 (Radio Edit)
5:37 (Soundtrack Version)
Label MCA Records
Writer(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. It additionally won a Grammy for best R&B song in 2003.[1]

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. The song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song on the 2003 award ceremony, and was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.


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. The remix is a semi-remake version of "Funk You Up" by the rap group The Sequence at the time Angie Stone was a member of the group.

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) (Album Version Edit)" (3:50)
  4. "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop) (Instrumental)" (4:28)
Preceded by
"Work It" by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
December 28, 2002
Succeeded by
"Miss You" by Aaliyah


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