Erykah Badu is just one of many amazing Black musicians. But I wanted to give her due credit this month because I just love her music so much and first started studying it in depth in my Africana Studies courses in college. Here are just a few of her many awesome songs.
- “On and On”. One of my classmates showed this in an Africana Studies course I took in college. Although I have only read the novel The Color Purple and haven’t seen the movie yet, I still think Badu is genius for alluding to Walker’s work in her music video.
2. “Bag Lady”. This song is so smooth and groovy to listen to, and the music video is very colorful. The babies towards the end of the video are also super adorable. 🙂
3. “Window Seat”: The cover art for Badu’s albums are always so beautifully drawn. Although it drew a lot of controversy, the music video also has a powerful message about sexuality and black womanhood.
4. “Honey”: I first saw this video on MTV in high school and was immediately hooked. It’s also really cool how the album covers feature Badu in them. 🙂
5. “Didn’t Cha Know”: I don’t know how to say it in the most comprehensive way possible, but Badu always inspires me with her unique style, especially with this video (seeing her walk through a windy desert with the coolest attire known to humankind). The song also has a very calm coffee-house rhythm to it.
Got any more epic Erykah Badu songs to add to this list? Let me know in the comments! 🙂