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Erykah Badu is just one of those artists that continues getting better with time. Although she hasn't released a studio album in 13 years, fans were just as excited to hear that she would be going on a 25-city national tour this year. Called the Unfollow Me Tour, Badu says that it's a nod to her feelings about the current climate of social media and so much more.
"This tour is about not depending on someone else's opinion. We are all lost, so following me is a waste of your time. Follow your own path and flight. Also, if we're on social media, and you don't like what I'm saying, just unfollow me," Erykah Badu explains.
"This tour is about not depending on someone else's opinion. We are all lost, so following me is a waste of your time. Follow your own path and flight."Erykah Badu
Known as someone who practices holistic wellness and is very intentional on how she shows up for herself each day, the "Window Seat" songstress says that even on tour, she's sticking to the script.
"I maintain the same practice that I do in my everyday life," she shares. "I subscribe to several doctors. Doctor sun; I make sure I get outside every day because we all need vitamin D for energy, and if I can't get outside, I make sure to take a supplement. My second doctor is nutrients. My body is a Lamborghini and I refuse to put any bullsh*t gas in it. Nutrition makes you feel good physically and emotionally. There's doctor exercise, and he makes sure I get in at least 15 minutes of some type of physical activity each day. Of course, on tour, that turns into two hours because that's the time I'm putting in on the stage. My last doctor is Doctor spirit, which is really breathwork for me. I just sit, listen and breathe for 15-miutes, it really helps me."
For her, incorporating these rituals is like taking a vacation every morning. She also shares that her midday naps and plant-based lifestyle style are essential to all of this as well.
"My second doctor is nutrients. My body is a Lamborghini and I refuse to put any bullsh*t gas in it."Erykah Badu
When it comes to actually hitting the stage, true Badu fans know that no two concerts are ever the same. The Dallas native draws energy from her fans and audiences, and in turn delivers an engaging musical experience like no other. Whether it's switching up the arrangements to some of her hits on the spot, or even bringing out other heavy hitters to grace the stage alongside her.
For the Unfollow Me Tour, she was very intentional on teaming up with her good friend, yasiin bey. It was her way of not only celebrating him as an artist, but also 50 years of hip hop.
"We are comrades in this beautiful struggle called music. We use music in the same way; as a platform to tell stories and to document our history. Hip hop is fifty this year, and there's no other emcee I'd come out with that could anoint the stage in a way that I feel is necessary this year. Yasiin is hip hop, he's who I think of when I hear those words. So, I convinced him to come out—he's outside!"
"Yasiin is hip hop, he's who I think of when I hear those words. So, I convinced him to come out—he's outside!"Erykah Badu
"See, yasiin is the one who said, 'hip hop is the people,'" Erykah Badu shares with EBONY. "It's how we speak, it's how we emote, and it's evolving as we evolve. Hip hop came up out of necessity and resilience, and all the new evolutions of it come from that, too."
Badu recently added former social media sensation turned hit artist Toby Nwigwe to select cities—Nashville, Charlotte, Atlanta, New York and Detroit. You can catch the tour coming to a city near you.