January 11, 2011

Art & Soul: Erykah Badu + Q-Tip

This post is dedicated to 2 seriously talented musicians, Erykah Badu & Q-Tip. I love Trace Magazine and I really love whoever thought up this cover, I think it is so beautiful. As a matter of fact, this has to be my favorite magazine cover of all time; I actually had a picture of it hanging on my wall in my dorm room last year. Erykah Badu & Q-Tip are 2 of the most amazing musicians I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. I love both of their music so much.


If you were to go into my iTunes, you would see that Erykah Badu is the musician that I have the most music from; her songs are just so inspiring to me. I am in love with all of her albums but if I had to choose my favorite one I would probably say Mama’s Gun. Erykah Badu has such a beautiful spirit and you really get that supa dupa soulful feeling from her music. One of the things I admire most about Erykah Badu is her love for her art. Even though most record labels try to keep songs about 3-4 minutes long, this woman takes so much liberty with her music. Some of her songs surpass even the 10 minute mark. The only other instance I can think of when musicians ignore the time constraint is in jazz. So I really applaud Miss Badu for ignoring the norms of the music industry and really going with what she feels is right. Here is a little sampling of her music..


(For all you J. Cole fans, this is the song that he sampled from for "Too Deep For The Intro")
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Q-Tip is a rapper near and dear to my heart. A Tribe Called Quest is still one of my favorite, if not my favorite, hip-hop groups of all time. In this issue of Trace Magazine, Erykah Badu actually spoke about how she was greatly influenced by A Tribe Called Quest and the Native Tongues Movement. The music that ATCQ produced is what I would consider to be hip-hop in its purest form. You see, when I think of the word hip-hop, I think of poetry to a beat. If you took a song and silenced all the background noise and you were left with the soulful sound of spoken word on the track, then you have some real hip-hop. I feel that Q-Tip stayed true to this brand of hip-hop once he went solo which makes me very happy. His song “Fight/Love feat. Raphael Saadiq” was actually my ringtone for almost an entire year! Here is a sampling of his music..





If you weren’t hip to Erykah Badu & Q-Tip, hopefully you are now! Enjoy the music :)

31 comments:

  1. Yes, two amazingly creative people. Our home and vehicle pumps with both of their work quite often. That is a beautiful magazine cover.

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  2. Just on a photography note the cover is dope. Keeping it simple can sometimes be the best route

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  3. Anonymous1/11/2011

    These are 2 of my favorite artists of all time, they really do make great music. And I agree with Xay B., less is always more. I think you captured that well in your layout as well miss GOOD GOOD lol

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  4. Her level of subtle energy in her music is so apparent. She is certainly like no other artist. I haven't really listened to Q-Tip, but a friend of mine swears by him.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  5. I love the music you choose, it's most of what I have loved for so long but that got lost in the alcoves of my itunes lol. I haven't listened to Green Eyes in FOREVER, so thank you for this :) And I love that Q-Tip and Norah Jones track, I had never heard it before but I just downloaded it. And ATCQ is one of my faves as well!!

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  6. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love these two, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thank you for pointing out that J. Cole sampled from Erykah, I bet all a lot of the lil teeny boppers didn't even know that lmao. Great post as usual!

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  9. I LOVEEE me some Badu... I remember jamming to her music when I was like 7 years old haha, she's soooo talented! And Q-Tip? Girl bye! I loveeee him too! Thank goodness we still have artists of this caliber to grace our ears and hearts, because some of the music out today is no bueno. Although more talented underground artists are on the rise thanks to people tuning into the internet and blog sites :) hehe

    -Kris

    http://thekrisbliss.blogspot.com

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  10. Great post. Didn't Cha Know, man that song got me through some rough times.

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  11. I luv this woman and her music. "Didn't cha know" and "other side of the game" are one of my favorites :D

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  12. Your blog is one of the dopest I've ever seen Dee! For real! Please check out my blog and follow if you like it! If you follow I will guarentee to follow back! Keep up the good work! www.officialharrydelano.blogspot.com

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  13. I love these two. Vibrant Thing was my song, and Bonita Applebum was like whoa when I heard it for the first time (little before my time). Erykah can't do any wrong for me. I love all of her songs. Great Post!!

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  14. These songs are classic! Erykah is amazing...I can't pick a favorite album. Q-tip....words can't describe how much I love him. Thanks for this!

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  15. this is fashion man!!! :D

    www.themadtoter.blogspot.com

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  16. hey there, i just came across your blog & i really really like it! i'm following :)
    maybe you have a look on mine as well!?
    xxx

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  17. Ahh... Erykah Badu... Erykah Badu Live is the second CD I have ever bought after the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Since then, I have collected all of her albums... I love love her... I recently got into A Tribe Called Quest. However, Electric Relaxation is one of my favorite tracks... ♥

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  18. Erykah Badu is the shiiiiit on so many levels. Her music is beyond so many other musician's music. Same with Q-Tip, his music is just so great. That's why not too many people listen to these 2 because they don't understand. I love this post!

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  19. Love it especially Q-tip

    http://berealbehappy.blogspot.com

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  20. Thank you all for commenting! I'm glad I have readers who appreciate GOOD music! lol

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  21. yea man you made me hip I hadn't heard Erykah before. That cover is unreal, her hair and hands make it for me. I'm not sure what my favourite is , Macaulay Culkins and Kate Moss' the face covers rarely are unstuck to my brain cells though

    LuvLux
    xxx

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  22. two amazingly talented artists! i'm going to let the music play while i catch up on my other blogs :)

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  23. let me be truthful, i'm not really into Erikah Badu but then again i've never really listened to her but after this i will...

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  24. Would like to see more of Q-tip this year !

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  25. YESS, I fell in love with her when I saw her unnecessarily large her ass was in window seat. I'm sure this isnt where you were trying to get at, but still.

    JUSTNORMAN
    JUSTNORMAN

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  26. I completely love this post! They are two of my favorite artist and have been for years....lol I say that like I've been on this earth long!

    J. Bella
    jayswonderland.blogspot.com

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  27. Love the music!

    maria ana
    thebeautylover.blogspot.com

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  28. Love love love Erykah! Her look and voice is amazing!! Come enter my vintage Razza elephant necklace giveaway!!

    www.plentyforpennies.com

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  29. "If you took a song and silenced all the background noise and you were left with the soulful sound of spoken word on the track, then you have some real hip-hop" Wow! Never thot of it like that! Interesting!

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  30. i looooveee q-tip! so much that i even named my blog as an interpolation of one of his lines "pretty guinevere with her hands in the air" lol... and i love ms badu too....didnt cha know, bag lady, and love of my life are my favourites

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  31. pure musical hotness right here! thanks for sharing and making go to my itunes and bump my head to some old tunes! :)

    And following. hope you don't mind one back !:)


    Bren
    B So Chic!
    http://www.bsochic.blogspot.com

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