Badu previously dated Out Kast rapper Andre 3000 from 1995 to 1999.The couple shares son Seven Sirius Benjamin, who was born in 1997. The 46-year-old also has daughter Mars Merkaba Thedford with rapper Jay Electronica, who she dated for five years.When Erykah Badu told Zach Witness, an unheralded producer from East Dallas, that she might like to come to his home studio and work on some music, he didn’t dare believe her.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.On the real, after I wrote it I didn’t read it too much. Sometimes you ask yourself if you should revise your thoughts. If you think wrong of me then that’s something I’d have to accept.What I wrote were my first thoughts and that’s the way I wanted it to remain: authentic. In many ways, as young man, what I knew about most were women because my mom is a very important piece of my life.
I’m exaggerating a little bit it was just kinda like we were growing apart.
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.
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