Erykah Badu photographed by Seher Sikander for Okayplayer
Erykah Badu has recorded with some of the best musicians in the world, but nothing beats having your own kids as your backup singers.
In a video posted to her Facebook on Thursday, Badu sings Frank Sinatra’s “High Hopes” with her teenage son Seven and her 7-year-old daughter Mars as the family takes a drive. Badu and Mars start things off, and Seven joins in a few seconds later, singing while manning the steering wheel. The kids’ showmanship is solid as well, with each of them dancing and smiling into the camera during the impromptu performance.
When another driver is caught recording the moment on his cell phone, Badu encourages him to join in. Of course, the man obliges because who turns down a duet with Erykah Badu?
“High Hopes duet…my whole world is a Broadway musical. You will laugh out loud,” Badu wrote as the caption.
The video gives us a playful glimpse into Seven’s musical chops, too; he was credited as a composer on “What’s Yo Phone Number / Telephone (Medley / Ghost of Screw Mix)” from Badu’s latest mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. But seeing him drive a car is a reminder of how long it’s been since we saw the fledgling careers of his parents, Badu and Andre 3000, (who celebrates a birthday today, by the way–happy birthday Andre!) soaring to new heights in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Longtime Okayplayers will recall Badu recorded her 1997 album Live while she was pregnant with Seven, and Three Stacks promised to be at his high school graduation in OutKast’s classic, Grammy-winning single “Ms. Jackson” (click here for Okayplayer’s interview with the real Ms. Jackson herself, Erykah Badu’s mother). Looks like it’ll soon be time for Andre to fulfill the promise he made on wax. Watch the video below:
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