Erykah Badu - BADUIZM (2LP)
Personnel: Erykah Badu (vocals, keyboards, programming); Madukwu, N'Dambi (vocals); Bob Power, Tone The Backbone (various instruments, programming); Ike Lee III (keyboards, programming); Ron Carter (bass); John Meredith (drum programming). Producers include: Madukwu Chinwah, Bob Power, JaBorn Jamal, Ike Lee III, Erykah Badu. Engineers include: Michael Gilbert, Chris Trevit, Bob Powers.
Recorded at Battery Studios, New York, New York; Dallas Sound Lab, Dallas, Texas; Sigma Sounds and Ivory Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Erykah Badu was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. BADUIZM won the 1988 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "On & On" won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and was nominated for Best R&B Song. BADUIZM marks the debut of a true songstress, with a voice like Billie Holiday's and a style that crosses many boundaries. Erykah Badu has exceptional rhythm, character and vibe, and a songwriting style that should restore some life to modern R&B. From her groundbreaking single "On & On" to freestyle skits like "Afro", Badu separates herself from other '90 vocalists with a style that is as broad as it is original. It's also real: On "Next Lifetime" and "Certainly," Badu demonstrates a remarkable ability to turn life's experiences into beautiful songs.