Her whole history is here in this room, where a king mattress occupies much of the floor, next to an orange Fender electric guitar, a waist-high ankh sculpture and an ancient-looking four-track recording console.
Colorful fabric hangings, psychedelic album art, painted portraits of Badu and dorm-style posters of Bruce Lee and a toking Bob Marley decorate every inch of the walls.
"I don't go outside at all when I'm here," she says between bites of kale salad. I stay in with the shades down; I don't want to know what time it is. It's a recalibrator machine." By any measure, Badu is in the middle of a creative hot streak right now.
Badu's "Hello" lyrics, as noted by Hello, it’s me, it’s me, baby I thought about us for a long, long time Maybe I think too much but something’s wrong Something that said it doesn’t last too long, too long Maybe I shouldn’t think of you as mine, mine, mine, mine, mine Other tracks from Badu's new mixtape include "Hi," "Cel U Lar Device," "Phone Down" and "U Use to Call Me," "Mr.
Telephone Man," "U Don't Have to Call," "What's Yo Phone Number," "Dial'Afreaq" and "I'll Call U Back." The album is currently available for purchase on i Tunes and streaming services.
"André 3000 drew this," she says, pointing to an Afroed angel sketched directly onto one wall in pink and blue pastels, next to the word "Seven" — the name of her 18-year-old son with the Outkast musician, whom she dated in the late Nineties.
"All of my babies have toddled through here over the years. "Sometimes I can't." Sitting cross-legged on a purple-and-gold floor pillow, her famous olive-green eyes glittering from beneath the brim of a gray felt fedora, Badu appears completely at home.
In fact, her primary residence is in her native Dallas, where the 44-year-old singer lives with Seven and her two daughters, 11-year-old Puma (whose father is gangsta-rap pioneer the D. C.) and six-year-old Mars (whose father is mystical-minded Jay Z protégé Jay Electronica).This place, she explains, is where she comes when she needs to unplug.