Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone: Taking hotline bling to the max

Fri, Dec 18, 2015, 00:00

   
 

Album:
But You Caint Use My Phone

Artist:
Erykah Badu

Label:
Motown

Genre:
R&B / Soul

Erykah Badu is on the phone and she’s in the mood for some fun.

Acts from Justin Bieber to Sufjan Stevens were inspired to do a take on Drake’s Hotline Bling, but only Badu had the wit and gumption to go a little further.

Put together with Dallas producer Zach Witness, But You Caint Use My Phone pulls together a bunch of funk and soul songs about phones from New Edition, The Isley Brothers, Usher and others, before unleashing a spirited hip-hop attitude which plays fast and loose to create tracks which sound both then and now.

There are some references to Badu’s past here – loads of great jazzy scatting about Baduizm characters and yarns – alongside hints of great songwriting sparks still to be harnessed, as in Phone Down. Call her up right away.

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