Wednesday, February 18, 2004

'Neo-soul' label doesn't impress Erykah Badu

Singer Erykah Badu might be credited with starting music's neo-soul movement, but she really doesn't like the term.

"Neo-soul is just another label," she told the Denver Post. "We don't make up those labels. Who knows where they come from? Probably from somebody who can make money by boxing it and selling it."

Many credit Badu's award-winning, chart-topping, five-time platinum 1997 album Baduizm for helping spark the neo-soul movement. She just wants to be known for making good music.

"Hip-hop is not something we do, it's something we live," she said. "It's the way we dress, the way we talk ... everybody bobbing to the same beat. It's a culture, and you have to find your own place in that culture. Top 10 ... can't dictate that. They can only dictate what's marketable."

Badu, born Erica Wright, followed up Baduizm with the Grammy-winning album, Mama's Gun, and her most recent CD is titled Worldwide Underground.

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