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Reviewers found some of her lyrics hard to decipher on her initial releases.
Despite not charting as high as her first two albums, Mama's Gun was another platinum-selling success, and "Bag Lady" was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas on February 26, 1971.
Her mother raised her, her brother Eevin, and her sister Nayrok alone after their father, William Wright Jr. To provide for her family, the children's maternal and paternal grandmothers often helped to look after them.
He set Badu up to record a duet with D'Angelo, "Your Precious Love", and eventually signed her to a record deal with Universal Records.
Badu also collaborated with the Roots (who had previously handled production duties on a number of tracks on Baduizm) on their breakthrough 1999 release, Things Fall Apart.
Badu had her first taste of show business at the age of four, singing and dancing at the Dallas Theater Center and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) under the guidance of her Godmother, Gwen Hargrove, and uncle, and founder of TBAAL, Curtis King.
By the age of 14, Badu was free-styling for a local radio station alongside such talent as Roy Hargrove.
After taking some time off to raise her child, Badu returned in 2000 with Mama's Gun.
The album was characterized as more organic in sound than her previous studio album, and primarily produced by the Soulquarians and noted bassist Pino Palladino.