the brilliantly frank return of erykah badu
Fatbellybella has been opening up about her sweet-smelling vagina, her baby-daddy rappers and her intention to run for President.
It's been five years since her last album, New Amerykah Part Two, but thanks to a birthday prezzie remix she made of Drake's Hotline Bling for her road manager Big Mike, Erykah Badu has been inspired to get back in the game, and is releasing the fruits of her creativity with a new album, out today. But You Cain't Use My Phone is an 11-tracker, with a feature from her ex-partner and baby-daddy André 3000 and - as she told Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show - is produced by young Dallas "prodigy" Zach Witness, aka White Chocolate, a white kid "who grew up in an all-black neighbourhood." Doing promo for the new album, Erykah has been in fun sharing mode. Here are some of the revelations we've been enjoying.
Her sweet-smelling vagina
She told radio host Sway that her lovely smell is "coming from her vagina." She went on to explain, "Fresh cranberry juice promotes a sweet vagina."
She thinks Drake is a weatherman
She told Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show that she enjoys the rapper's "evolution, mutability" and that "he stays centred and knows what's next…he's like a weatherman."
She wants you to put down your phones (kinda)
"People are at a show and they're watching me through a device," she told Lowe. But she says she's coming round to it. "I'm used to it now….this is just it. I feel bad if they don't hold the camera up. They're not taping me!"
She's feeling herself
"I'm a part-time narcissist, definitely" - another admission on the Beats 1 show.
Her all-time favourite albums are by…
Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Jodeci, Andre 3000, Prince, Nas, Mary McCreary, Earth Wind & Fire, Vanity 6 and Deniece Williams, according to her piece for Complex.
From head wraps to last suppers: some revealing facts about herself...
She gave a full list to US Weekly, the best ones being:
"A few of I hate indecisive drivers. Come on!"
"I own 726 head wraps."
"My last meal would be toast with margarine."
"Most people think I'm not capable of starting a bar brawl, but I will."
She loves all her baby-daddy rappers...
She also told US Weekly, "I don't have a favorite rapper. I have three baby-daddy rappers, so I can't pick one or you're messing with my child support!" she said, before revealing, "The best thing about my ex André 3000 is that his checks never bounce."
Oh, and she might run for President...
Please do, Erykah.