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EDITORS’ NOTES

Brilliant, defiant, and 100% unique—that's Ms. Erykah Badu. Indeed, the neo-soul pioneer possesses a near-pathological devotion to artistic progress. After initially piercing the American consciousness in the late '90s with her smooth, jazz-inflected style, she bolted for more experimental terrain: Her lyrics morphed into sociopolitical critique, her albums became increasingly conceptual, and her voice blossomed into a supple instrument capable of expressing rage and compassion, pain and joy, and everything in between. There's no pinning Badu down, and that's exactly how she wants it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brilliant, defiant, and 100% unique—that's Ms. Erykah Badu. Indeed, the neo-soul pioneer possesses a near-pathological devotion to artistic progress. After initially piercing the American consciousness in the late '90s with her smooth, jazz-inflected style, she bolted for more experimental terrain: Her lyrics morphed into sociopolitical critique, her albums became increasingly conceptual, and her voice blossomed into a supple instrument capable of expressing rage and compassion, pain and joy, and everything in between. There's no pinning Badu down, and that's exactly how she wants it.

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