To state the obvious, it ain't just us Dallas folk who are constantly obsessed with the living, breathing process art of our own Erykah Badu. This week, two national magazine profiles have again reminded us of the artist's cultural cachet in music, fashion and beyond.
First there was a brilliantly written, expansive profile in the April New Yorker by Kelefa Sanneh, dubbed "Godmother of Soul." And now Badu has popped up on the cover of Fader, with a revealing story penned by Vinson Cunningham and killer photos by Jody Rogac.
Both new pieces document Badu's budding working relationship with Dallas producer Zach Witness, and The New Yorker also breaks news of her involvement (along with Dallas' Picnictyme) in creating the score for the upcoming Comedy Central animated series Legends of Chamberlain Heights.
What both profiles also do well is present us fascinating human portraits of an artist who never stops working and dreaming, even as she navigates a breakneck, family-focused life in Dallas.
Here are 10 interesting bits from the Fader piece, just out, that might make you want to dig in deeper.
1. The first thing Badu bought when she moved to her White Rock Lake house in 1997? Nice speakers.
2. What keeps her love affair with her Dallas home going strong? "I just like the air," she tells Fader. "I like the sound of the birds."
3. Her two grandmothers are still living and very close to her, but they're now "retired" from keeping her books and collecting clips and memorabilia for her archives.
4. Badu is apparently an ace at arranging food. Writer Cunningham takes note of a fruit platter she whips up in her kitchen on the fly. When he compliments her, she thanks him and adds: "It's art. Everything is art to me."
5. The artist is currently working on her autobiography. The outlining process as detailed in the story is quintessentially Badu, involving painted boxes and items sorted by theme.
6. The singer seems not to put much faith into the national political trends and the raging presidential election season. On politics: "I don't believe in any of that s--t," she says. "It's a show, it's a game."
7. She's got equally strong views when it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement: "We can organize like a mother---- when police beat us up. But can we organize to stop black-on-black crime, or poor-on-poor crime?"
8. Badu, the music icon, expresses admiration for the provocative methods of fellow A-listers Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar and, to go further back, N.W.A.
9. She takes an opportunity to illuminate the writer on the rich blues history of Deep Ellum: "That's my roots."
10. The story documents in great detail the preparation and execution of Badu's recent all-star birthday show at the Bomb Factory. Example: She burned a bundle of sage backstage to purify the space.
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