Erykah Badu Mixes Kanye With Whodini And Gets All The Way Trill (Audio)
Erykah Badu’s “covers” have become something to look forward to. After her grabbing rendition of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” in late 2015, Ms. Badu wastes no time reworking Kanye West’s “Real Friends,” which was released less than one week ago (January 8). “Trill Friends: Badu Whodini Rough Mix” is an experiment gone terribly right.
However, the DJ who goes by Fat Baby Bella took it to another level. Using West’s instrumental, Badu’s vocal rendition riffs at Whodini’s 1984 hit “Friends.” In many ways, Jalil, Ecstasy, and Grandmaster Dee were spotlighting the same sort of things that Yeezy is talking about 32 years later. Both songs question loyalty, commitment, relying on one another and an overall misuse of the (other) f-word. With a DJ’s ear and a phenomenal voice, Erykah Badu puts her skills and sonic vision to the test. This rendition takes nothing away from Kanye or Whodini, it merely connects the dots through the vessel of another great artist.