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Erykah Badu hosted the Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, and it's clear she wasn't holding back. During a mini-skit at one point in the night, Erykah railed on Iggy Azalea. The bit in question had Erykah answering her phone and inviting celebrities aboard the soul train. When she took Iggy's "call," she said, "Yes, who is this? Iggy Azalea! Yeah, hey! Oh no no no no no no, you can come, because what you're doin' is definitely not rap." The audience immediately went wild with shocked applause, and the camera even showed musician Roman GianArthur mouthing, "Oh sh*t!" Iggy has been laying low since June, when she tweeted about why her collaboration with Britney Spears, "Pretty Girls," was a flop. Watch Erykah Badu's skit above. »
- Ryan Roschke
Erykah Badu, while hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards, called out Iggy Azalea for her suspect rapping abilities. Erykah Badu Disses Iggy Azalea During Badu’s monologue Sunday night, she made Azalea a prime target of one of her jokes. Badu led up to the joke by explaining that the Soul Train Awards were for R&B […]
- Chelsea Regan
Erykah Badu isn’t a fan of Iggy Azalea, and made it clear on Sunday night. Badu was hosting the Bet Soul Train Awards on Sunday night when she targeted the female rapper in her opening monologue. The singer/songwriter talked about wanting to keep the Soul Train Awards solely about R&B and soul music instead of rap. She then pretended to take various phone calls from several rappers, one of which was Azalea. Also Read: Iggy Azalea Opens Up About Plastic Surgery: 'It's Hard to be a Woman in 2015 With Social Media' “Who is this?” Badu said into the phone. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
[[tmz:video id="0_1hl0w6jl"]] Just when Iggy Azalea thought it was safe to leave home ... Erykah Badu hit her with a ton of shade while hosting the Soul Train Awards. Erykah opened the show by taking a slight shot at herself -- pointing out that hip-hop fans give her crap for making rappers "change gods and wear crochet hats" (see Andre 3000) ... but it was all a setup for this shot at Iggy. Check it out ... the crowd loved it, »
- TMZ Staff
While hosting the 2015 Soul Train Awards Sunday, Erykah Badu left no stone unturned. The singer-songwriter arrived via hover board and immediately launched into a monologue that poked fun at the fact that rap music has to be excluded from the awards show, which honors R&B music. While addressing the crowd, the "Next Lifetime" songstress made light of her own rapping ability, calling herself the "queen." "As you know, I am the queen of neo soul and people say I have this common effect on rappers: that I make them change gods and wear crochet hats, shoulder pads," 44-year-old Badu said. "So they have banned me from all of the hip-hop awards with a sign saying 'Erykah Badu, leave our »
Master phone user Erykah Badu got the Soul Train Awards awards to a brilliantly shady start. In her opening monologue, Badu, who just released a track with Andre 3000 and is working on a phone-centric mixtape, pretend to call up celebrities to give them invitations to the show. When she called Iggy Azalea, well, things got a little cutting: "Uh yes? Who is this? Iggy Azalea?" Erykah began, "Yeah, hey. Oh no no no no, you can come, 'cause what you doin' is definitely not rap."It's probably not in Iggy's best interest to strike back at this. But if she tries, expect her to take some time to formulate a response. »
- Jackson McHenry
Erykah Badu released her much-anticipated, phone-themed mixtape But You Cain’t Use My Phone (which we were very thankful for) at midnight last night, exclusively via iTunes/Apple Music. Among the desirable 11 tracks is one particular gem: a collaboration with former lover Andre 3000. Titled "Hello," it's Badu's ethereal, dreamy rendition of The Isley Brothers' "Hello It's Me," infused with 3000's rapid-fire raps. Listen above, and enjoy.After dropping the mixtape, Badu also shared her phone number (in three clues, below) so fans could call her and let her know which song was their favorite: You can grab But You Cain’t Use My Phone, which was recorded over a 12-day period in her home studio and also includes a Drake feature, in full, here; you can also stream it below, via DatPiff: »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The anonymity of Twitter makes people say things they might not otherwise. Erykah Badu is not anonymous on Twitter, but she doesn't care at all. She gleefully announced to a woman she was trading insults with that she could and would steal her man. On Wednesday, a woman with the Twitter handle @GumboGoddess tweeted "I may be a little immature, but Idgaf. At least I'm smart with it." Badu responded with: This wasn't their first interaction, however. GumboGoddess has a history of trolling Badu. After that, Badu slid into the woman's DMs and told her she could and would steal her man from her. When the woman took a screenshot of their conversation, Badu owned up to it and continued to trash the woman. Don't worry. If Badu steals your man, though, she'll send him back to his best friend Tyrone when she's through. But he can't use her phone. »
- Ira Madison III
Every week, members of the Vulture staff highlight the best new music of 2015. If the song is worthy of your ears and attention, you will find it here. Read our picks below, share yours in the comments, and subscribe to the Vulture 2015 Playlist for a comprehensive guide to the year's best music.Erykah Badu, "Phone Down"Miz Fat Belly Bella may want you to make her cell-u-lar device bling at night, but rest assured you won't need it once she's through with you. This analog girl in a digital world wants nothing to do with your Instagram thirst traps because she is the original thirst trap. And she's busted out her best impression of The-Dream to make you come to your senses. Did you think late-night-booty-call anthems were Drake's lane? Kids, Erykah wrote the phone book. — Dee Lockett (@Dee_Lockett) Sara Bareilles, "Everything Changes"In case you missed it: Sara Bareilles »
- Vulture Editors
Artists need muses. Degas had ballet dancers; Erykah Badu, not unlike Aziz Ansari, has the phone. After her popular take on Drake's "Hotline Bling," Badu still has more to say about the devices people check obsessively and make calls from sparingly. "Phone Down," which will be featured on her upcoming But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, tackles the phenomenon of putting one's phone down, or the inability to do so. In these here fast-moving digital times, is there anything more romantic than presence in the moment? Though it doesn't have to be romantic. If you listen enough — as Badu sings "I can make you put your phone down" on repeat — it sounds more like a self-help mantra. Put Your Phone Down and Join the Cult of Badu. »
- Jesse David Fox
Even after a phenomenal Erykah Badu remix and a cavalcade of memes, Drake's "Hotline Bling" shows no signs of fading from the cultural consciousness. So of course Justin Bieber, in between promoting his album with graffiti and having his dad talk about his penis, decided to drop his own remix. But the twist is you actually have to call him on his cell phone (or whatever land line his record label set up for him). Bieber tweeted out the number 231-377-1113 and instructed fans, "Call me on my cell phone."When you call the number, you'll hear a voice-mail recording of Bieber's "Hotline Bling" remix. The remix is halfway between a hit and a miss, but this is a pretty awesome way to drop a song. We're gonna go out on a limb and assume it was inspired by Callin' Oates. Listen to a fan's recording of the voice »
- Ira Madison III
Erykah Badu will host this year’s Soul Train Awards, it was announced Monday. The 29th annual ceremony, which will air on Centric and Bet on Nov. 29, will be taped on Nov. 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Honorees at the show include Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who will receive the Legend Award, and Jill Scott, who will accept the first-ever Lady of Soul Award. Also Read: Lance Bass, Erykah Badu Among Guest Stars on Amazon's 'Hand of God' Edmonds has won 11 Grammy Awards and written and produced 26 No. 1 R&B hits. His new album, “Return of the Tender Lover, »
- Thom Geier
When Empire actor Taraji P Henson appeared in cornrows, media reaction came thick and fast. Why are we still analysing black people’s hairstyle choices?
For nearly a century, black men’s and women’s hair has been a political declaration, a cultural statement, a social media moment – and sometimes all three.
Think Angela Davis, fist raised at a 1960s Black Panther rally; Pam Grier, “the baddest one-chick hit-squad” in the 1970s movie Coffy; Erykah Badu looking skyward on the cover of her 2003 album Worldwide Underground, Solange Knowles holding court in a white cape at her 2014 wedding, and, most recently, Lineisy Montero being named fashion’s breakout model of the year.
Henson deserves applause for showing off her natural beauty, but we don’t need to dissect it every time
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- Kenya Hunt
Once upon a time, around spring 2014, Drake used to make Erykah Badu's hotline bling often. So often, that he even showed up to her house late one night when he needed her advice on Rihanna; she made tea for him, they "talked about love and what life could really be" for him, and the rest is history. (Or so that's the story Drake sold on his "Days in the East" freebie.) Over a year later, Miz Fat Belly Bella has presumably heard about Drake's latest woes, as expressed in his latest ode to an ex who's moved on. For Drake's sake, she's still sipping her tea, now in the form of a remix to "Hotline Bling," the song that's quickly become the sleeper hit of his career — it currently sits at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has already been covered by Sam Smith with Disclosure and »
- Dee Lockett
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel left baby Silas at home for a fun date night on Sunday, Aug. 30. The husband and wife duo attended Erykah Badu’s Hollywood Bowl performance in Los Angeles and had what seems like the best night ever. According to a concertgoer, the “SexyBack” singer, 34, and the 7th Heaven alum, 33, were adorable together. “They looked like they were in love and enjoying a night out, just the two of them,” the observer tells Us Weekly. “They leaned over and whispered to each [...] »
"Please welcome one of the baddest DJs in the land," the host enthusiastically exclaimed while welcoming the bassist to the stage. He then launched into his smooth, funky single off his mini-album The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam. Lotus produced the track, which highlights both Thundercat's falsetto and excellent bass skills.
Earlier this year, Thundercat gained attention for his hefty contributions to Kendrick Lamar's »
Well hello Erykah Badu's new bowl haircut. The singer—who frequently switches up her coif—took to Twitter on June 9 with a pic of her latest hair incarnation: a straight up mushroom cut. Even better? She rocks it. Simply writing, "Shroom" next to the fresh-faced snap, Erykah serves us a heaping dose of natural beauty alongside that quirky geometric hairstyle. As for whether the cut is, well, actual, or of the wig variety, we're not quite sure. Just two days before debuting her fungi-inspired locks, the singer posted a video featuring below-the-knee braids. nullBadu isn't the only celeb to funk it up with a bowl cut: Back in November, Robert Pattinson debuted a wacky shaved »
Chance the Rapper's Surf has finally arrived, in all its beautifully diverse-sounding and free-of-cost glory. As Chance told Billboard last year, the record is not so much his. It's actually the first official project of his Social Experiment band, and the spotlight is on the group's trumpet player, Donnie Trumpet. Of course, that doesn't mean Chance isn't featured on it — he's all over it. (Actually, so is what seems like a majority of the hip-hop world and their mothers. The 16-track album showcases the likes of Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monáe, J. Cole, Big Sean, Quavo, and Erykah Badu, among others.) Chance's next solo work is reportedly still on the way, and so are more of these Social Experiment projects. Always something to look forward to with this guy. Anyway, in the meantime, you can download and enjoy the much-anticipated Surf gratis here as well as stream it below:Also, here's »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
A good American Idol finale is kind of like the Fountain of Youth — and that’s not only a reference to 43-year-old Ricky Martin, 45-year-old J.Lo and 44-year-old Jordan Knight taking the stage and looking like they halted the aging process back in the late ’90s.
RelatedAmerican Idol: How Fox Failed Its Golden Goose — and Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Pull the Plug
After 13 grueling weeks of voting — encompassing some 250 competitive performances and a pupu platter of “Wait! Noooo!” eliminations — it’d be easy for even the most committed Idoloonie to feel drained, dazed and depleted. »
David Letterman's six-week, star-studded march toward his farewell show kicked off this week with a handful of old friends and favorite guests (like Billy Crystal) dropping by The Late Show to say goodbye to the late night host. Wednesday night, comic actress Amy Sedaris, a self-proclaimed 34-time Late Show guest, bid adieu to Letterman by serenading him with a medley to "wrap up" how she feels about the departing host. "No offense," Letterman quipped. "But can you sing?"
"Listen, it's a very awkward time for you. It's a lot of attention. »
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