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.
These days, it’s legendarily difficult to get André on a track. The first thing people would think about us is, ‘Oh, they don’t get along.’ But there are always feelings when people grow apart. But man, we are cool.” André guests on Badu’s “Hello.” It’s based on the Isley Brothers’ cover of Todd Rundgren’s “Hello It’s Me,” a lovely piano ballad from 1972.
Benjamin's lyrics, in particular, took on a more surreal, space-age tinge.
Within the time of his second and third albums, Benjamin took up the guitar, painting, and a new relationship with singer Erykah Badu.
“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?