Erykah Badu has revealed the full release details of her new mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone. The follow-up to 2010’s New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh is out this Friday, November 27 as an iTunes/Apple Music exclusive. It will be available via other digital services on December 4. That’s the cover art, above.
The title of the mixtape is a reference to Badu’s 1997 track “Tyrone”. According to a press release, “each song makes reference to telephones and our own reliance on staying inter-connected.”
Badu recorded the project with producer Zach Witnessin in Dallas. “Surprises” and “guests” are promised.
At the beginning of October, Badu dropped “HOTLINE BLING BUT U CAINT USE MY PHONE MIX”, a remix of Drake‘s “Hotline Bling”. It appears on But You Caint Use My Phone under its new title, “Cell U Lar Device”. The mixtape also features “Phone Down”.
A press release states:
The mixtape expertly weaves Erykah Badu’s trademark soulful vocals with psychedelic soundscapes, hip-hop-inflected beats, smooth R&B, jazz, art-rock and found sounds into a new genre Erykah describes as TRap & B. Badu and Witnessin dedicated a lot of time to precise mixing work, toying with EQs and other filters so that the sound’s frequency and vibration move in tandem to capture a feeling she refers to as “sympathetic vibration.” Badu also used a tuning fork and Tibetan singing bowls to fine-tune these details, with the goal of creating a sound that brings peace and tranquility to its listener. It is a sound that Badu herself referrers to as a “whole new frequency” for fans.
Badu will also host this year’s Soul Train Music Awards, airing on BET and Centric on Sunday, November 29. She co-wrote the show and serves as an associate producer. She’ll perform “Phone Down” during the show.
But You Caint Use My Phone:
01 Caint Use My Phone Suite
03 Cell U Lar Device
04 Phone Down
05 U Use To Call Me
06 Mr. Telephone Man
07 U Don’t Have To Call
08 Whats Yo Phone Number
10 I’ll Call U Back