Ever since she slunk onto the music scene in 1997 with her debut album Baduism, American soulstress Erykah Badu has been one of the most revered figures in pop. She's often referred to as "The First Lady of Neo-Soul."
In addition to her unique voice and down-south R&B vibes, her role as a strong, black woman with a touch of progressive values has lent her a cult status, even during periods of comparable inactivity. She was once arrested for appearing nude in a mall in Dallas as part of an activism-inspired performance art project!
Badu hasn't released an album in six years (although she did release the 'But You Caint Use My Phone' mixtape last year), but she's popped up again, sporting a whole voodoo priestess aesthetic and rehashing her millennial classic "On and On" and others in a near-twenty minute live recording.
In the vid, released in conjunction with the New York Times, Badu lines up with two back-up performers, all performing on synths and drum machines. Badu herself is using what appears to be an MPC, and the trio rock all-electronic renditions of some of her classics. It's all chill lounge vibes and laconic style, and "On and On" never gets old.
Check the performance below: