You just knew Erykah Badu dropping her own version of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” was a teaser of more to come. The soul crooner confirmed she will be dropping a new mixtape next week.
Badu’s first project in the five years since the release of New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) will be called BUT U CAINT USE MY PHONE.
Noisey: You’ve been very busy since your last album, but you haven’t released a lot of music. I’m curious: Have you been writing at all over the last five years or just sorta letting life happen?
Erykah Badu: A little bit of both. Mostly procrastinating. And within that I just kinda live and experience. I’m writing all the time, but recently I got the bug back. When it comes, it comes, and I can’t force it, but recently I got it back with “Hotline Bling” and all the other things I’ve been experimenting with.
A lot of people were excited to see your son get a credit on the “Hotline Bling” remix. Is he writing and recording a lot now?
All the time. He wrote his first song and got his first credit on one of Gwen Stefani’s albums. A song called “Bubble Pop Electric.” He’s always been a creative kind of kid. Very good with coming up with lyrics. He has impeccable taste in music. He’s very talented with picking up instruments. He has a few credits on my albums as well, New Amerykah Part One, specifically. He’s one of those talented people that I really respect and admire, and he happens to be my son.
The full interview is loaded with interest gems like Badu’s take on Drake vs. Meek Mill, D’Angelo’s new album and her one-woman show in Dallas. Read it here.