Erykah Badu’s New Mixtape Features A Duet With Andre 3000 (Mixtape)

At 12:00am today, Erykah Badu dropped But You Cain’t Use My Phone, an 11-track mixtape featuring her ingenious remix to Drake’s “Hotline Bling” (now called (“Cel U Lar Device”) as well as its follow-up single, “Phone Down.” The latest project centers on themes of communication, and while the literal references to telephones are hard to ignore, fans of Ms. Badu’s wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more to the mixtape’s meaning than that. In any event, the anticipation and excitement surrounding the project has been monumental; she hasn’t released a solo album since 2010’s New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 charts.

For the most part, But You Caint Use My Phone is all Erykah, save for two very high profile guests. After covering Drake’s “Hotline Bling” on a track now re-dubbed “Cel U Lar Device,” Drake adds a verse to a reprise of the song titled “U Use to Call Me.” While it’s rare to have a guest that can outshine Drake, Badu’s other guest is one of the select few with that ability. Erykah ends her project with a duet featuring none other than André 3000, the father of Badu’s son Seven. He contributes to “Hello,” a tranquil, serene joint that mixes 3 Stacks’ absurdly dope lyrics (“flip watchin’ you skip down my corridor, fuck a ballad/don’t need shit on the side no more, I should know, fuck a salad”) with Badu’s soulful vibes in a bona fide duet that plays like a song written for each other. And, while any news of a real-life reunion hasn’t surfaced, the song’s appearance as the mixtape’s closing track places a warm, fuzzy-feeling ending to it all.

Check out the beautiful song and the mixtape below. You also can purchase songs from the album individually at iTunes and Apple Music.

Here’s the tracklist:

1. Caint Use My Phone Suite
2. Hi
3. Cell U Lar Device
4. Phone Down
5. U Use To Call Me
6. Mr. Telephone Man
7. U Don’t Have To Call
8. Whats Yo Phone Number
9. Dial’afreaq
10. I’ll Call U Back
11. Hello

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