When she reaches the grassy knoll near to where John F Kennedy was assassinated, a “shot” rings out and she collapses.The video has already become an internet hit, attracting over 300,000 views on You Tube – and the attention of the Dallas police, who have charged the singer with disorderly conduct for “disrobing in a public place”. One of the most interesting and iconoclastic figures in popular music, she was born Erica Wright, but rejected this as a slave name, choosing the new version after a jazz scat: “shu-badu-badu”.She and Witness recorded eleven tracks in about as many days, culminating in an inspired reimagining of the Isley Brothers’ “Hello It’s Me,” for which Badu enlisted a special guest: André Benjamin, known as André 3000, from Out Kast, who is the father of her oldest child.(Witness remembers trying not to act starstruck when he showed up: “It was literally on my porch, like, ‘What’s up, man?
The latest is New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), the successor to her universally acclaimed New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) from 2008.In a long and complex romantic CV – “I’ve had a boyfriend non-stop since I was five” – she has had relationships with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including the Chicago rapper Common and Andre Benjamin from Atlanta chart-toppers Outkast. Along the way she has demonstrated the same flair for children’s names as for album titles: Benjamin is father to her oldest child, a 13-year-old boy called Seven; daughter Puma, five, was joined last year by sister Mars. While Drake moaned that his ex was “wearing less and going out more,” Badu seemed happy to report that hers was “getting dressed and going out more.” Eventually, she and Witness created a musical diptych, with two versions of “Hotline Bling,” a semitone apart, separated by a spoken interlude, purportedly the outgoing message on Badu’s cell phone: If you’re calling to beg for some shit, but this is that pre-call before the actual begging, press five.If you’ve already made that pre-call, and this is the actual call to beg, press six.WENN What’s with everybody sharing all their business about past relationships? ”“My son’s moms, she’s developed an extreme sense of entitlement. I don’t know if you agree with that statement, but if not financial, then mental.