In 1997, Erykah Badu blessed our ears with true eclecticism, spiritual sensuality and Southern nitty-gritty realness. With her towering head wraps, piercing hazel eyes that hypnotize, and her pristine debut Baduizm, Erykah proved she was no carbon copy of [insert any artist’s name here]. Even today’s rap stars, like Kendrick Lamar and Drake, salute the queen.
On @fatbellybella‘s born day (Feb. 26), we hail our imaginary BFF and look back on five moments (in recent history) we wished she really was our bestie, this lifetime and next.—Olivia Jade Khoury
1. That Time Erykah Told A News Reporter ‘It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp’
While stranded at a Dallas airport, Erykah schooled a reporter on life. Check her soundbite here.