• Erykah Badu tributes Biggie on new album and explains in detail

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    Some may say a hip-hop album isn’t complete without a Biggie reference, but Erykah Badu extends the unspoken rule to soul on her sixth studio album, "New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ankh”. The 38-year-old Dallas, Texas, born singer says she is "more free and full of life" this time around.

    Erykah taps into her inner B-girl and pays homage to the late great Notorious B.I.G. on tracks like "Turn Me Away (Get Munny)," which features elements of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. featuring Notorious B.I.G. classic banger, "Get Money". Erykah uses money as a metaphor for love, time, affection, laughter, and all the good parts of her lover. “I look like a model/ I’ll do what I got to stay in the running/ ’Cause I want your money,” she boasts. But what she longs for, above all, is control. “Let me drive your car because honey I want you bad!” she sings. Also on the album B.I.G. is also sampled on "Fall In Love (Your Funeral)" on which she actually has a harmonious version of Biggie's classic "Warning" track which goes, "there's gonna be a lot of slow singing and flower bringing if my burglar alarm starts ringing," over a thump redolent of Alicia Keys' "Unbreakable.". Click "read more" to view a video of Erykah explaining in detail why she used the reference.

    Click below to view Erykahs reason why she used the reference on her album.

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