Home THE GRIP REPORT Erykah Badu Talks Teaming Up With D.R.A.M. For New Collaborative Project [Watch]

Erykah Badu Talks Teaming Up With D.R.A.M. For New Collaborative Project [Watch]

Erykah Badu Talks Teaming Up With D.R.A.M. For New Collaborative Project [Watch]

A month after dropping his debut album, D.R.A.M. is already putting together the next project which features heavy influence from none other than neo-soul legend Erykah Badu.

During a recent appearance on Rap Radar, Erykah Badu compared the Big Baby D.R.A.M. artist to Ol’ Dirty Bastard, George Clinton, and D’Angelo before revealing that she and the “Cha Cha” performer have worked on an EP together. Badu revealed that their collaborative song “WiFi,” which appeared on D.R.A.M.’S debut album, was originally meant to appear on their EP, and the project left Badu feeling impressed by  D.R.A.M.’s demeanor and approach to song making.

“I was intimidated. He has something very special,” Badu tells Rap Radar. “The way he writes, the way he performs, the way he fills a room with his presence,” she continues. “And he knows who he is, and you get the sense that he knows and appreciates who he is and he doesn’t allow infiltration.”

Badu didn’t give any word on a release date for the upcoming joint-EP, but from the sounds of the vibe she has with him in studio; it will be dropping soon.

In other news, Erykah Badu recently spoke out about her experience hosting the 2016 Soul train Music Awards stating that the underlying theme was “music is our politics.”

In an interview with USA Today,  The 45-year-old singer/songwriter, who reprised her role as host and executive producer this year,  says her focus was not just on curating a show but rather, an experience.

“We knew the artists we chose in sequence would be entertaining the whole way through,” Badu said. “That’s what I’m concerned about — just the body (and) being able to see all the moving parts together.”

Despite the climate of the show and focus, Badu states that the performances didn’t get too political due to being taped before the election, but also said that the lack of political focus serves as a good thing and is a way for people to escape for a moment.

“We didn’t get too deep into politics,” Badu continued. “It was strictly about music and letting it bring out whatever emotions each individual wanted to have. It’s about music doing what it does best because music is our politics. Music is our escape.”

The 2016 Soul Train Music Awards will be airing Sunday on Centric and BET (8 p.m. ET), and features performances by Brandy, Teddy Riley, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M., Dru Hill, India.Arie, BJ the Chicago Kid, Guy, Candice Boyd, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, Tito Jackson and Badu herself.

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