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Erykah Badu Reunites With André 3000 on Dreamy Ballad “Hello”

Erykah Badu Reunites With André 3000 on Dreamy Ballad “Hello”

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Nov. 28 2015 1:34 PM

Erykah Badu Reunites With André 3000 on Dreamy Ballad “Hello”

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Erykah Badu performs at the Nice Jazz Festival in July 2006.

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Over the course of two decades, Erykah Badu and André 3000 have raised a child together, broken new ground in their respective genres, and released several charming collaborations. The latest such collaboration is “Hello,” off Badu’s just-released But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape, and it’s a sublime melding of her neo-soul rhythms and André’s rolling, rapid-fire flow.

The song riffs on the Isley Brothers’ “Hello It’s Me,” incorporating that track’s slow groove and ambient instrumentation. You can stream the entirety of But You Caint Use My Phone, which was recorded in a mere 12 days in Dallas, on Apple Music.

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