Flashback: Erykah Badu – ‘On & On’


Oh, what a day! (Whataday, whatadayaayy!) Today marks the 16th birthday of Erykah Badu’s instant masterpiece Baduizm, an album that blends blues, hip-hop, jazz and bohemian grooves and helped mother the late ’90s neo-soul movement. It was a true game-changer, from the sassy “Certainly (Flipped It)” to the been-there-before relationship crossroad “Next Lifetime.” James Poyser, The Roots and Madukwu Chinwah assisted in crafting the mellow, breezy ambiance while Erykah’s soft vocals and introspective lyrics were warmer than a incense flame. As the album celebrates its sweet 16, VIBE backtracks to the video for “On & On,” showcasing the earthy beauty in all her head-wrapped splendor. Long live Baduizm!

Bonus: The Andre 3000-guested video for “Otherside of the Game”