Erykah Badu at First Midwest Bank Pavilion

July 15, 2016
Badu, Erykah

No one kicks it quite like Erykah Badu. She’s been gracing music with her Neo-soul/R&B/Hip Hop fusion since the 90s and she’s not afraid to stir up controversy. She broke into the mainstream with her 1997 debut, Baduizm, and hasn’t looked back since.

But Erykah Badu is more than just a singer; she’s also an actor and an activist. Performing regularly on the tv show Hand of God, as well as making an appearance on The Wire and one on Grand Theft Auto V, Badu has gone in many very different creative directions in the course of her career. And, as well as all of her artwork, she created B.L.I.N.D., a charity which provides support to inner city youth through different forms of performative and visual art. The acronym stands for Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development.

Her latest studio album, New Amerykah Part Two, both received critical praise and sparked media controversy because of the music video for lead single “Window Seat.” The now unforgettable clip features the singer strutting the streets of Texas nude. References to JFK’s assassination, guerrilla filming, and of course nudity made one of the most talked about videos for 2010. Her latest mixtape, But You Can’t Use my Phone, proved to be another success for the singer and peaked at no. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Charts.

Erykah Badu will be in Chicago as part of her summer 2016 tour. She’ll be performing at the V103 Block Party. The show will also be featuring SVW, Guordan Banks, and Jazmine Sullivan. The show takes place on July 15th at the First Midwest Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island.

Time: 6:00 pm

Tickets: Get ‘Em

Venue: First Midwest Bank Pavilion

You can listen to the new track  “U Don’t Have to Call” from her latest mixtape, But You Can’t Use my Phone, below:

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on Examiner, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, Kitty Whipp, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.