Erykah Badu Responds to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘No More Parties In LA’ Name Drop

Legendary songstress and the multi-talented Erykah Badu has broken her long-held silence on Kendrick Lamar’s mention of her in his and Kanye West’s No More Parties In LA, finally responding to the speculation of a Twitter user.

Lamar, in a guest spot on the 2015 smash hit, spits the line “Um, well cutie, I like your bougie bootie/Come Erykah Badu me/Hell, let’s make a movie”. The song was one of the standout tracks in West’s latest album The Life Of Pablo. Seems like quite innocuous wordplay on a record full of even more controversial lines, nevertheless Lamar’s name drop prompted rumours of a secret romance between himself and Badu.

You can listen out for the lyric in question below:

Lyric website Genius makes a tenuous attempt at connecting some of the dots in their annotation of the lyric, surmising Kendrick may be referencing Badu’s romantic connection to a string of other famous rap artists (Andre 3000, Jay Electronica and Common) as well as her acting career for the line about making a movie, though they stop short of suggesting the pair may be an item.

Badu says her and Lamar’s lone interaction was at the 2013 BET Awards when they performed together, and that there was nothing romantic at all between them. Tweeting a picture of her and Lamar holding hands on stage, she stated that there has not been any contact between them since. “Kendrick aint called me since y’all made up some shit about us being in the trailer makin out so he missed his award,” she wrote, flatly denying the rumour.

“Sound check, performance, photo opps, ghost. He was super shy,” she said when asked what happened.

This explanation, however, wasn’t enough for one user, who still clung to the belief that Badu was lying and used the lyric as their ‘evidence’. “Lies… why do Kendrick say “come and Erykah Badu me, well let’s make a movie” on No more parties in LA. y’all fucked,” they wrote.

Badu provided a classy response. She addressed the issue loudly and clearly, with the kind of sheer confidence she’s forged one of the brightest careers in hip-hop and RnB behind. “Let me educate u real fast lil mama. It’s not always betwixxx the thighs .. Sometimes it’s between the ears,” she Tweeted, following up with a sun emoji when they replied saying that they had learnt their lesson.

The lesson in question here is don’t cross Erykah Badu without sufficient evidence to back yourself up.

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