Erykah Badu: “On & On” Twenty Years Later
“I go on and on / My cypher keeps moving like a rolling stone…” Those are the lyrics from singer/songwriter Erykah Badu’s “On & On” off of her 1997 debut album, Baduizm. Badu herself is a testament to going “on and on” since she’s been in the limelight singing, producing and breaking barriers in music 20 years.
On February 11, Baduizm ignited a neo-soul wildfire from Badu’s adopted Fort Greene, Brooklyn, selling over three million albums, earning two Grammy Awards, and birthing its own concert album, Live, just nine months later.
Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright, the Southern-girl daughter of Kolleen Wright, who worked as an actress in local theatrical productions. From Erica to Erykah, she honed her skills as a singer, dancer and actress and even worked as a host with Steve Harvey in a Dallas comedy club before her first EP dropped.
Still being able to headline tours and sell out shows in 2017, Erykah attributes her longevity to her clean lifestyle: thinking, living and eating clean, which includes being a vegan.
“I guess it’s the daily routine,” admits Badu. “I don’t have any particular thing I do ritualistically. I do the same thing every day. I get up. Drink a lot of water. Have a wheatgrass shot. Drink some green juice. Eat as healthy as I can. I’m not trying to win an award for being the best vegetarian, just want to be healthy. Take a salt bath. Do things that my parents were never able to do. I’m blessed to do anything I want so I decide to take the best care of my body and my family in the same way. Holistically. Vitally.”
Badu’s clean lifestyle offers three ways we can all live better: