Monday, November 30, 2015

"But You Caint Use My Phone" certainly made me put my phone down

   The newest body of work by Ms. Erykah Badu. The Grammy-Award winning Neo-Soul Queen has not released a full project since "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)"(2010). She has certainly remained relevant with appearances on tracks, concerts, never-ending DJ gigs, magazines spreads and interviews. "But You Caint Use My Phone" is a reminder of who she is musically and what she can do.
     This mixtape was preceded by Erykah's cover a recently popular Drake song "Hotline Bling", which she has titled "Cel u Lar Device" Listen HERE.

    This mixtape is an upbeat, funky, sultry ode to phones and a direct reference to her 1998 hit "Call Tyrone" most popular in it's live version this song something Ms. Badu and her band freestyled while on tour for her first album "Baduizm" and quickly became a fan favorite. The intro and title track to this mixtape "Caint Use My Phone (Suite)" is a melodic mix of phone sounds and instrumentation from "Call Tyrone" as she plays around with popular line from the song "But you can't use my phone". Each song being a phone reference, she also samples Usher's "You don't have to call" and New Edition's "Mr. Telephone Man".
    Notable tracks include "Phone Down" a very modern, trap music sounding track on which Badu insists she "can make you put your phone down", and the perfect end to a project of this sort "Hello" featuring who Billboard and millions of people note as one of the greatest rappers of all time and Erykah Badu's first Baby-daddy, none other than Andre` 3000. With the sounds of birds chirping incredible bars and vocals alike, this duet and love song is an uplifting, love-reminding, Neo-soul revival of sorts and the #1 reason to give this entire project your ears. Other features include Drake and Erykah and Andre's son Seven who's verse on "What's Your Phone Number" is reminiscent of "Thank Me Later" Drake, whom he cites as a hug inspiration.

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