by Petula Caesar
Less than 48 hours before her hosting gig at The Soul Train Music Awards airs, Erykah Badu drops her mixtape “But You Cain’t Use My Phone” (the final line from the freestyle turned classic hit “Tyrone”). The first single is a reworking of The Isley Brothers’ soul ballad “Hello (It’s Me)”, with baby daddy number two Andre 3000 offering an assist with a rapid fire concept-heavy collection of bars. There is a rawness about it that is kind of refreshing. I’m liking it.
Check out “Hello” and all the other tracks on the mixtape for free via this link on DatPiff. It is also on sale on iTunes today, and will be available through other online music sellers on December 4th.