Erykah Badu Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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Erykah Badu Quick Info
Height5 ft
Weight53 kg
Date of BirthFebruary 26, 1971
Zodiac SignPisces
BoyfriendNone

Erykah Badu is an actress and musician who is a Grammy-winner. She is also an emerging neo soul leading artist. Many of her songs including her first album Baduizm received RIAA’s Platinum certification. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Satellite Award in 2000. Erykah is an icon with a huge social media influence having over 4 million followers on Instagram, 3+ million on Twitter, and 4+ million on Facebook.

Born Name

Erica Abi Wright

Nick Name

Erykah Badu, MC Apples, Loretta Brown

Erykah Badu posing backstage for Nation19 magazine in 2011
Erykah Badu posing backstage for Nation19 magazine in 2011 (Radiobums / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Sun Sign

Pisces

Born Place

Dallas, Texas, United States

Residence

  • Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Fort Greene, New York, United States

Nationality

American

Education

Erykah Badu completed her high school from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.

She then joined Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana to study theater. However, she left the course to concentrate on her music career in 1993.

Occupation

Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Disc Jockey, Activist, Actress

Family

  • Father – William Wright Jr.
  • Mother – Kolleen Maria Wright (Actress)
  • Siblings – Eevin Wright (Brother), Nayrok Wright (Younger Sister)

Manager

Erykah Badu is managed by Cara Lewis of Creative Artists Agency, New York City, New York, USA.

Genre

Neo Soul, R&B, Funk, Psychedelic Soul, Hip Hop, Electronic

Instruments

Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Drums, Theremin, Drum Machine

Labels

  • Kedar Recording Company
  • Universal Records
  • Motown Recording Company
  • Control FreaQ

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft or 152 cm

Weight

53 kg or 117 lbs

Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Spouse

Erykah Badu has dated

  1. Cytherea – Erykah was rumored to be linked with the female adult film star Cytherea in the past.
  2. André Benjamin (1996-1997) – For a year, beginning in 1996, she was romantically involved with musician André Benjamin (aka André 3000). They have a son named Seven Sirius Benjamin (b. November 18, 1999). But sadly they split up.
  3. Common (2000-2002) – From 2000 to 2002, she was in a relationship with actor and rapper Common. There were even engagement rumors for some time.
  4. The D.O.C. (2003) – In 2003, she had a brief affair with rapper The D.O.C. They are also the proud parents of a daughter Puma Sabti Curry (b. July 5, 2004).
  5. Jay Electronica (2004-2009) – In 2004, Erykah started dating fellow rapper Jay Electronica. They have a daughter Mars Merkaba Thedford (b. February 1, 2009). However, things did not work out for them and they broke up in 2009.
  6. Carl Jones (2013) – In 2013, Erykah hooked up with Carl Jones. She had shared pictures of them on her social media account.
Erykah Badu during a photoshoot for BUST magazine for their June 2018 issue
Erykah Badu during a photoshoot for BUST magazine for their June 2018 issue (Erykah Badu / Instagram)

Race / Ethnicity

Black

Her lineage was traced to Cameroon.

Hair Color

Dark Brown (Natural)

Eye Color

Green (Natural)

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • High forehead
  • Curly hair
  • Often wears rings on her nose and lips

Brand Endorsements

Erykah Badu has endorsed brands like –

  • Lillian Shalom jewelry
  • Curet nails
  • RTH Shop
  • Chinatown Market
  • Jules Kim costume
  • L’Enchanteur

In 2001, she did a print advertisement for The GAP.

Erykah Badu while delivering a singing performance in 2005
Erykah Badu while delivering a singing performance in 2005 (Naj / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Best Known For

  • Her raspy vocals and for producing hit albums one after the other which include Baduizm (1997), Mama’s Gun (2000), Worldwide Underground (2003), New Amerykah Part One (2008), and New Amerykah Part Two (2010)
  • Her popular songs like “On & On”, “Bag Lady”, “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)”, “Next Lifetime”, “Otherside of the Game”, “Honey” and “Soldier”, among others

First Album

On February 11, 1997, her debut album Baduizm was released with Kedar and Universal Records. The album had 14 tracks and was a huge success receiving 3x Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

First Film

In 1998, she made her theatrical film debut in the action comedy film Blues Brothers 2000 as Queen Moussette.

First TV Show

In 1997, Erykah made her first TV show appearance in the musical talk show Soul Train.

Personal Trainer

Erykah Badu practices yoga and meditation.

As for her diet, she prefers a clean healthy diet. She drinks plenty of water and green juice.

Erykah Badu Favorite Things

  • Place To Shop – RTH Shop
SourceInstagram
Erykah Badu while giving a performance in 2008
Erykah Badu while giving a performance in 2008 (Live Pict / LivePict.com / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Erykah Badu Facts

  1. She and her siblings were raised by her mother after her father left them when they were little.
  2. She gave her first performance at the age of 4 at the Dallas Theater Center and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL).
  3. She changed her name to Erykah as she believed Erica was a “slave name” while her last name “Badu” is adopted from jazz scat sound.
  4. Growing up, she wanted to be a rapper and be named ‘MC Apples’.
  5. At 14, she was already doing freestyle-rapping in a radio station, KNON in Dallas.
  6. She is greatly influenced by the music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, and Roberta Flack.
  7. In 1998, she was included in People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People list.
  8. She has been a vegan since her high school days in 1989.
  9. She founded a non-profit organization called B.L.I.N.D. (Beautiful Love Incorporated Non-Profit Development) in 2003.
  10. She practices many things including a doula, iridology, reiki, color therapy, chakra balancing, energy cleanings, and pendulum readings.
  11. In 2005, Erykah Badu launched her own recording label Control FreaQ.
  12. Visit her official website @erykah-badu.com.
  13. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube VEVO.

Featured Image by Radiobums / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

3 COMMENTS

  1. I’m waiting. She’s is bisexual because she dated Cytherea an adult film actress. Bisexual I repeat bisexual. Not hetero/straight. Answer me back Editorial Staff.

    • Hi Alicia

      There has been no confirmation from Erykah about her sexuality being ‘Bisexual’. She no doubt has been linked with a female personality before but that was not too confirmed by either of them. Hence, she has been written ‘Straight’.

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