'New Amerykah Part 2': E. Badu Comes Full Circle

When Erykah Badu first hit the scene in 1997, she projected an older, earth-mother vibe head-wrapped around a B-girl attitude. That quirky combination of precocious maturity with street sass made her an anomaly within the flourishing R&B scene: less stodgy than Mary J. Blige, more worldly than Brandy, less gaudy than Mariah Carey and edgier than Jill Scott. Her closest contemporaries were D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, but unlike them, her creative spirit didn't come haunted by career-threatening personal demons.

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