Erykah Badu Offers An Update On Her New Mixtape, Sheds Light On "A Whole New Frequency"
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Erykah Badu may be back on the scene, but despite some very digital recent moves, the analog girl is becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of in the digital world. If you recall, last week Miss Badula promised to deliver her new mixtape by this week's end. And seeing as how it's now Friday night of said week and there's still no sign of the tape, many of us are feeling a little head-scratchy. And that's fine. No one other than the Queen herself should be setting that date in accordance to where the record's at and when she feels ready to let it go.
Luckily, to help clarify the matter, Badu has offered a crucial update on the tape, which is now slated for a Thanksgiving delivery, in a new interview with The FADER, where she details the sound of the record, who the new players are and the unlikely song that sparked this project in the first place. You can read a few of the more compelling clips from her chat down below, but for the full-script, hit the link.
On what to expect:
"I'm in love with this mixtape, it feels good. I think it's a whole new frequency for the planet and I just wanted to do it because it's inspiring me to write my new album—it's kind of like the buffer in between. I would like to describe it as a creative process and I got some really good surprises for you guys. I cannot wait until the end of the month, it will be on iTunes at the end of the month. But along the way, I'm going to drop some freebies and some underground shit just so the people can have something to listen to."
On her standing with Drake:
"That's my brother, he's like a little brother to me. I went to Canada and hung out in the studio with him, while he made Take Care. We're very good friends and we had some great talks. He's an inspiration to me. Sonically he's in a place where I want to be. It's halfway between where I was and halfway to where I am now. If I want to come out and do something, I will try and raise myself to his bar or channel myself to his frequency."