Today In Hip-Hop: Erykah Badu Drops ‘Baduizm’

On this day, Feb 11th, in hip-hop history... 1997: On Feb. 11th, 1997, neo-soul and R&B star Eyrkah Badu dropped her debut album, Baduizm. Born Erica Abi Wright, the Dallas, TX bred singer attended the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Grambling State University, but dropped out to concentrate on music full time. After a duet with fellow R&B titan D'Angelo caught the ear of executives at Universal Records, Badu signed a record deal in 1996 and dropped Baduizm to critical and commercial success in 1997. Badu's ability to blend the genres of funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul ...

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