Erykah Badu

The Best of Erykah Badu

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The Best of Erykah Badu is a substandard digital download compilation that covers Badu's first four albums and also gathers stray cuts on which the singer is featured. Unsurprisingly, it's heavy on Baduizm; a quarter of the selections come from that 1997 debut, including "On & On" and "Next Lifetime." New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War is unfairly overlooked, with only "Honey" picked for the program. "You Got Me" (the Roots) and "Southern Girl" (Rahzel) are included, as is an alternate mix of "Bag Lady." Her catalog deserves better than this, and the same can be said of casual listeners.

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