Although she sometimes calls herself Analog Girl, she is adept at social media, and when she heard Witness’s remix she responded, on Twitter, with a four-letter word of praise: “Oooh.” Badu and Witness traded messages, and she told him that she had been thinking about recording a version of “Hotline Bling,” the viral hit by Drake, built around a passive-aggressive reminder to an old flame: “You used to call me on my cell phone.” This exchange scarcely prepared Witness for the shock of seeing Badu, a few days later, at the front door of his house—the same house where he had once watched her on television.
Badu, who is forty-five, has lived in Dallas all her life.Witness is twenty-three, and he had been a fan of Badu ever since he was five years old, when he saw her surreal appearance on “All That,” a comedy show on the kids’ channel Nickelodeon.“This woman came on with incense, a head wrap, and tea,” he remembers.She was impossibly elegant, intoning lyrics that sounded like a dreamy distant cousin of the blues: No doubt many Nickelodeon viewers were confused, but Witness was converted, especially once he discovered that the singer was also a local.Badu had come of age in the late nineteen-eighties, in Dallas’s embryonic hip-hop scene; two decades later, as Witness nursed his own obsession with hip-hop, he tried to live up to her example. called White Chocolate, he entertained black and Latino crowds at the local skating rink.) Last year, he paid tribute to Badu with a faintly psychedelic remix of one of her best-loved songs, “Bag Lady,” which he posted online, along with a note in which he confessed that he viewed her as “a second mother.” The remix was just one small sign of Badu’s enduring appeal and influence. The soulful songstress was just publicly claimed once again on social media, and she quickly confirmed the union. None other than producer/actor Carl Jones, most famous for creating “Black Dynamite.” Carl casually dropped the info that he and Erykah are an item via Twitter early Thursday morning, complete with a loved-up photo of the two cuddling in black and white. Sounds like someone is out here rub on those feet like Ms. Erykah Badu’s mixtape arrived today via Apple Music, and it features a surprise appearance from André 3000, the mercurial rapper who is also the father of Badu’s first child. She has three kids with three different rappers (Andre 3000, Jay Electronica, and The D. C.), and has dated Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Common and now, she kinda confirmed that she slept with Drake. Well, she didn’t say it outright but she kinda alluded to it when asked by Complex magazine about the rumoured fling and when she “invited Drake over to her home for tea.” Erykah said,“He liked it . Check out a history of Badu and André’s relationship below, and revisit FADER's interviews with each artist. “It was 1997,” she said during a Red Bull Music Academy talk in 2013. Two years earlier I met André at the club and they played the song ‘On and On.’ Two years later, Februrary 7th, ‘On and On’ came out on the radio. She calls me her baby daddy and I call her my baby mama… Our son is about to be 17 and he tells us, ‘You guys are nuts.’ Erykah and I are cool friends, man. I've seen my aura hop out my torso and hit a backwards.“My single came out Februrary 7th—‘On and On.’ I heard it in New York in a club and met André that night. February 11th, I got pregnant.” André would later explain the circumstances of their meeting on Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. But his chorus is self-questioning: Is it over for me?