Erykah. Baduuuuuuu …
I just got back from the #BaduVSEverythangTour in New Orleans. I will pregame this review by saying that, I felt Badu was going to CUT UP when she came to New Orleans. I had seen her DJ about two weeks prior to today at Victory Tavern for RC Williams “Celebrity Birthday Bash”. It was the fact that during her set she shouted out “504”. I was stoked to be seeing her in my hometown because there is something about this city that gives you an energy to feed off of. Badu, being Badu, the Queen that she is, stole that energy and transcended it beyond anything imaginable. This concert is truly one you have to see to believe.
She walks onto the stage with the BADDEST heels ,20 feet tall! Commanding the stage with each stride to her microphone. And she begins. The visuals that went along with this concert are AMAZING! She begins the show waking you up and opening your mind for what is to come. With hues of blues, greens, yellows, and reds…the venue becomes a luminarium.
Taking us back to the beginning, Muvah reminds us of just who she is. Confident is how she says her names. As if sizing you up in a way only your mother could, while also being totally transparent singing “Me”. She even shouts out us 90’s babies and welcomes us in our new found “wokeness” with open arms of relief, as if glad we made it.
Apple Tree over took the crowd. It was one of the most heightening performances of them all because you couldn’t help but be rocking with her the whole time. And Badu is the absolute goofiest person! Her personality shined through the strobe lights. She was inviting, inquisitive, commanding, spiritual, sensual, and fun. When she hit those vocals though, I mean Hit. Those. Vocals. She reminds you that she is an artist. And she’s sensitive about her shit. Also that she is the best at what she does. There is never been a point in Erykah Badu’s career that she should have been doubted, because she has always been, her.
Erykah Badu proceeded to snatch up all the wigs in the UNO Arena with “I Want You”. This song was the first I had seen her perform and it was a YouTube video from the Dave Chappelle Show. I love her delivery of this song because she is so real with it. She stands by every word in that song it comes out in the carefree strength in the way she sings it.
I caught a contact in that dag on arena too. Muvah performed “Back in The Day”. That is all that needs to be said on that one. Other than, it was phenomenal and chill as hell. Side note: I in fact got my “large drink, large fries, large everything (please)”.
I love Erykah Badu for the main fact that she is down to teach us. She does not just sing about profound things idly, she knows it. And one of the things I was told is that if you can teach someone something, you know it. Well, if you every questioned if Badu is, Badu. Don’t. She is the real deal. She goes into Soldier and her inspiration being the title of her album, “New Amerykah: Part 1.: 4th World War”. As Badu schools us on occupation, you can’t help but be amazed at her wisdom and passion. Its “genuine, she’s genuine”. Truly. She takes you to class.
So back to how she CUT UP! Babeh, BADU ACTED UP, OKAY! My Muvah was on that stage and transformed from Muvah to Badu. She danced, she laughed, she interacted. We were truly having and evening with Erykah Badu. It felt as if she sat us all down in her living room and we were vibing with her. She even clapped it yall! I see you been practicing Badu! . Also, Badu is SNATCHED YALL!!!
If you have not gotten your tickets to the #BaduVSEverythangTour …. Go get them. I am already waiting for a Dallas, Texas, date to drop so I can see her on her turf. I am so glad I was able to see Erykah Badu in concert. Everything about the show was so groovy. If you go, make sure you peep Durand Bernard on the background vocals. That man has some PIPES!
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