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13 Aug

Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone | Music Review

Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone

As many of you know, over the past few months I’ve been working and traveling like a mad woman and have barely had time to sleep let alone listen to new music unfortunately. This weekend I’ve finally got some down time and listened to a mixtape that I’ve been wanting to hear from one of my queens, Erykah Badu!

Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone

If you are like me then you’re a product of the 90’s. During that time, some of the most influential artists were reigning the charts.. The music scene was so much more eclectic… we had everyone from TLC and Usher, to Tupac and Biggie, Britney Spears and N’Sync, and Outkast and my girl, Erykah Badu. After listening to her current project, I see she hasn’t missed a beat.

Erykah Badu 2016

Badu is one of the few artists who can live outside the mainstream, yet be so relevant within it, whose music will set the mood yet make you think. Last year she blessed us with her presence and created an incredible mixtape called But You Caint Use My Phone.

What I love most about this mixtape is that you can listen to it from beginning to end without skipping a track. Even more special is the meaning behind it. With dial tone sounds in the background of almost every track, the mixtape tells you to put your phone down. It is very apparent that Erykah Badu is commenting on our generations obsession with our smartphones…in fact, the first track I listened to off the project is called, Phone Down.

You can be sure that the moment she began to sing, I immediately put my phone away. I gave her my undivided attention, and it felt good. After hearing that first track, I went to the beginning of the mixtape and let it flow. I especially loved her cover of Drake’s Hotline Bling, which she titled Cel U Lar Device, as well as a cover to Usher’s 90’s hit U Don’t Have to Call.

Erykah Badu in general, is the type of woman who demands your respect. I personally, look up to her as an artist myself. She was a trailblazer, in a league of her own in the 90’s and I am so glad that she has returned with a mixtape that lives up to her previous projects, and is just as relevant today. That said, the next time you have 35 minutes to spare, go and check out Erykah Badu’s But You Caint Use My Phone (Mixtape).

  • Siffat Haider

    Erykah Badu has the most incredible voice. I’ll have to check this out!

    August 13, 2016 at 11:08 pm Reply
  • Lubka Henry

    I just love that song you’ve used as a title. Great music to chill out with on a weekend :)

    August 14, 2016 at 4:14 am Reply
  • Sharon Wu

    I’ve been looking for new music to check out so this was perfect timing! Thanks for sharing, babe! Hope you had a lovely weekend xoxo, sharon


    August 14, 2016 at 8:12 pm Reply
  • Miki

    OMG. Yes. I love 90s music! Sounds like this mixtape would be great. Awesome post.

    August 14, 2016 at 10:39 pm Reply
  • emily

    Ooo I love Erykah, will have to check this out!
    x Emily

    August 15, 2016 at 7:16 am Reply
  • ComfyCozyUp

    Love her and I am a huge fan. She is just amazing and different from anyone out there. That cover is f..in awesome.

    August 15, 2016 at 7:58 am Reply
  • Dakota D.

    YAAAAAS! SHE IS MY QUEEN and I could not agree more about what you said. BEST REVIEW YET!

    Dakota D.
    Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter: @missdsquared413

    August 15, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Jules

    I’ve been needing new music! Thanks mama.

    August 15, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Maryam

    Thanks for sharing this, I have to check it out.

    xo, Maryam

    August 15, 2016 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Radi

    I’m a 90s baby but haven’t heard of her. So going to check her music out. Thanks for the recommendation, was in the search of new music.


    August 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm Reply
  • Taylor

    Super cool, will definitely have to check this out!
    Great post!

    August 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Candace

    I love Erykah Badu and I haven’t heard new music from her in forever. I’m quite excited to check this out :)


    August 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Jessie

    Great song! and I’m in love with the lyrics :)


    August 15, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply
  • portiastylebook

    Love her music and she’s so beautiful!


    August 15, 2016 at 10:15 pm Reply
  • Raysa Garcia

    How cool! I will definitely check it out. :)
    Xx, Raysa

    August 15, 2016 at 10:27 pm Reply
  • Bianca

    Love your playlist! x


    August 16, 2016 at 7:43 am Reply
  • Monika

    I agree with you! This mixtape was fun and I love how she’s able to remain creatively free.


    Violet Roots || Instagram || Twitter

    August 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Ramona

    I’m 90’s kid. I will turn this on. Thanks!


    August 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm Reply
  • Olga Pancenko

    In love with this

    August 16, 2016 at 11:42 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    Love Eryka, haven’t had a chance to listen to this mixtape yet but downloaded it as soon as I read this post. Thanks for sharing music with substance.


    August 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm Reply
  • Maija

    Thanks for sharing this! <3
    Would be so great if you checked out my CASUAL CHIC style
    while I was testing the Rolls-Royce Wraith:

    August 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm Reply

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