Today in Hip Hop History: February 11, 1997
Today in hip-hop history marks the 16 year anniversary of Erykah Badu’s Baduizm. This was Badu’s debut studio album, released by Universal Records. Baduizm was met with positive critical acclaim across all boards and would eventually become RIAA Certified 3x platinum. Erykah Badu stormed the scene and rose to fame with Baduizm. Before she even got signed and had her album in the works, she met D’Angelo (whose birthday is actually today) through her cousin in hopes that they would record together.
Without this fateful meeting, there’s a good chance hip-hop wouldn’t have had the Soulquarian Movement.
Baduizm contained four singles which were used to promote the album with numerous awards to follow even before the project was released. Multiple recording sessions were held across the United States to finish the album, namely studios located in New York City, Philly, and Dallas. Baduizm peaked high on Billboard’s charts, reaching number one on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop, and number two at Billboard’s top 200. Badu was also nominated for 4 Grammy awards from the album, winning 2 for Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Becoming a leader of the neo-soul movement of the late 90’s and early 00’s, Erykah Badu represented the cool, intelligent and strong female voice in hip hop music. Cheers to her and Baduizm.