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Erykah’s quotes based on freedom, peace, competition, womanhood, creation, mistakes, and religion.

60 Brilliant Erykah Badu Quotes To Live By

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Eryka Badu is an American singer-songwriter who tasted success with the release of her debut album, ‘Baduizm,’ in 1997. With time, she established herself as the ‘first lady of neo-soul.’ Her first live album, ‘Live,’ was also a success. Subsequently, Erykah released a number of new albums, and also received various awards and accolades. Her talent is not limited to just music. She made her film debut in the 1998 film ‘Blue Brothers 2000’ in a supporting role.

She has made several appearances in films such as ‘The Cider House Rules’ (1999), ‘House of D.’ (2004), ‘Teenage Paparazzo’ (2010), and ‘The Land’ (2016). Erykah is a vegan and encourages plant-based diet. We have collected and curated some of Erykah’s quotes based on freedom, peace, competition, womanhood, creation, mistakes, and religion.

I don't sing melodically. Rhyme pattern is how I sing. I also write like a lyricist or an MC because that's what I was before I was a singer. I just took those elements and put them into music.

- Erica Abi Wright

I don't have one song that sounds like another one in my entire catalog.

- Erica Abi Wright

I love being an entertainer - not really fond of being a celebrity.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'm a performance artist first; I'm a recording artist second.

- Erica Abi Wright

Being honest is my job. That's what music is for me.

- Erica Abi Wright

No one chooses to raise children alone.

- Erica Abi Wright

Man, I don't want to have nothing to do with computers. I don't want the government in my business.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'll dabble here and there in different forms of the art, but the label has me locked down like a slave so, of course, I'll be doing albums during this time.

- Erica Abi Wright

I started performing at two or three on a tape recorder, one of those little flat recorders where you just push play and record.

- Erica Abi Wright

I knew it would happen. I knew I'd be No. 1. I'm a new artist; I don't know the rules. Nobody told me it wouldn't happen.

- Erica Abi Wright

I have a master plan as an artist. I've always said I'm not going to be punching nobody's clock. I will work as an artist to survive in this world.

- Erica Abi Wright

Anything that had to do with art I been doing all my life. It was a gift. It's nothing I work real hard at doing.

- Erica Abi Wright

I don't read music or anything, so when I produce, I go basically by ear.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'm not satisfied with the explanations I get from tv or from school.

- Erica Abi Wright

It's almost like a lot of black people in America, a lot of young black men, are born with this cloud over their heads. It's their penitentiary cloud, this philosophy we all have, that it's harder for us.

- Erica Abi Wright

The kind of music or the kind of arrangements that I do, the kind of musicians I choose, is just what I like to hear.

- Erica Abi Wright

What makes me furious, not just because we're in an interview, but I don't like when writers take your words and put them somewhere else, in the wrong context in their own article about you.

- Erica Abi Wright

I love putting the music together. It's like art.

- Erica Abi Wright

Hip-hop is the people. What the people are moving toward is what hip-hop is. I think people are moving toward a freer way of thinking. Openness.

- Erica Abi Wright

I've been a vegetarian since I was 19.

- Erica Abi Wright

I don't have any particular thing I do ritualistically. I do the same thing every day. I get up. Drink a lot of water. Have a wheatgrass shot. Drink some green juice. Eat as healthy as I can.

- Erica Abi Wright

I've had two children. I've had three boyfriends. I've had a lot of things happen that can change your opinions and values and philosophies.

- Erica Abi Wright

I grew up listening to old soul.

- Erica Abi Wright

I am not systematic at all when it comes to religion. I just love life. And I'm not judgmental. And I'm a vegetarian.

- Erica Abi Wright

From then on, I realized this is what I want to do, what I'm supposed to do: Giving energy and receiving it back through applause. I love it. That's my world. I love it. I enjoy it. I live for it.

- Erica Abi Wright

But now I realize that this record business really needs me. No one else is trying to take a chance or do something different.

- Erica Abi Wright

I grew up with all mothers, all women. I come from a long line of matriarchs, very strong women.

- Erica Abi Wright

Hopefully my music is medicine, some type of antidote for something or some kind of explanation or just to feel good.

- Erica Abi Wright

I believed in myself, and I've always worked very, very hard as an artist, and I am an artist in every sense of the word.

- Erica Abi Wright

I consider my musical ability to be a gift from the Creator. It's not that I try to work hard or nothing like that, it's a gift, it was given to me, and I appreciate it.

- Erica Abi Wright

Marvin Gaye is one of my favorite revolutionaries. He spoke from his heart, his mind. That's what I want to do.

- Erica Abi Wright

I can be Erykah the human being more than the celebrity.

- Erica Abi Wright

When you're in a relationship you want it to work. My parents did, I did. But we are not taught how to make it work.

- Erica Abi Wright

Honey isn't really that good for you.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'm kind of a recluse when it comes to going outside.

- Erica Abi Wright

I planned my success. I knew it was going to happen.

- Erica Abi Wright

Personally, I don't choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That's between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator.

- Erica Abi Wright

The music business is motivated by money. Music is motivated by energy and feelings.

- Erica Abi Wright

I try to be honest and I keep moving.

- Erica Abi Wright

I think a lot of people have lost respect for the individual, you know, the individual, the person who doesn't conform.

- Erica Abi Wright

Artists need some kind of stimulating experience a lot of times, which crystallizes when you sing about it or paint it or sculpt it. You literally mold the experience the way you want. It's therapy.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'm a Pisces, so I'm a very closed-book kind of person.

- Erica Abi Wright

What I work hard at doing is staying on a path of being kind and showing and proving that I'm a good person to society. That's hard. The talent, that's a gift. I just came here like that.

- Erica Abi Wright

Music and the music business are two different things.

- Erica Abi Wright

There are millions and billions of atoms of memory of all kinds of musical themes in me.

- Erica Abi Wright

Hip-hop was created out of necessity. We needed to create some digitized things to help us understand what we were feeling.

- Erica Abi Wright

I love to leave the interpretation of my music up to the listener. It's fun to see what they'll say it is.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'm a woman who has gone through many heartaches, enough to dedicate my whole life to trying to figure them out.

- Erica Abi Wright

I don't feel like I need to preach to the world or nothing like that. I just feel like I share what I say, and if listeners get it, they get it. And I never underestimate the audience's ability to feel me.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'm a complete human being. I'm very emotional and loving. I feel, I hurt, I give, I take, and also I think. I analyze. I'm a sociologist, anthropologist.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'm free. I just do what I want, say what I want, say how I feel, and I don't try to hurt nobody. I just try to make sure that I don't compromise my art in any kind of way, and I think people respect that.

- Erica Abi Wright

What does music mean to me? I don't think I would really be much without it, without it coming through me. It's my means of communication, my means of growth, my means of transportation from one point in my life to another.

- Erica Abi Wright

I'm not trying to win an award for being the best vegetarian, just want to be healthy. Take a salt bath. Do things that my parents were never able to do. I'm blessed to do anything I want, so I decide to take the best care of my body and my family in the same way. Holistically. Vitally.

- Erica Abi Wright

I have the ability to sing with emotion and feeling, but if you say I sound like Billie Holiday, that's cool. Let's look at who Billie was: she was this person, this singer, this beautiful diva who could move the audience with the slightest gesture of her hand.

- Erica Abi Wright

I thought the Billie Holiday comparison was beautiful. I think, Wow, what a wonderful, creative, helpful spirit. She's someone who wanted to help others by sharing her emotion. That's what I do, too, so I think that's a great comparison.

- Erica Abi Wright

I have advice for people - period - who are in unhealthy relationships: Follow your heart. It will get you to where you need to be. Sometimes it's hard, sometimes it's easy, the places that your heart takes you. But continue to follow it. Where the train leads you - you'll get there.

- Erica Abi Wright

And I figured out that the reason I couldn't get through the day as well as I can now is because I had too many things on my mind, on my plate, you know, for one person to have. So I started to eliminate some of the things that were too heavy to carry and unnecessary.

- Erica Abi Wright

Well, if you look at all of the cultures in America, this is a great opportunity for us to really get acquainted with the rest of the world. America is the only place you can do that, but we don't have sense enough to take advantage of that.

- Erica Abi Wright

As Erykah Badu, it has nothing to do with me, the way I look, my hair wrap, my style, it's about you and what you feel for my music. If I can make you feel like the way that people who influenced me made me feel, that's completion.

- Erica Abi Wright

Oh, yeah, I see the world differently now. Actually, when I first had the baby, I was breast-feeding him for two years straight. So we were together for two years of his life, every single day, all hours of the day. So I was two people, and I eventually morphed back into one.

- Erica Abi Wright