This is my brother and Ms. Badu.
This is a recent picture, but I hope she realizes how much history the 3 of us has.
My brother and I used to purchase vinyl from our neighborhood record store, and when we did, “Mr. E”, the owner, would give us free “white labels” - one of which was a promo of Erykah Badu’s “On and On” including the instrumental. No one has heard this song yet.
We decided to use the instrumental in the upcoming annual high school talent show as a rap act.
Fast forward a few weeks - the week of the talent show, radio stations had just started spinning “On and On”, that same week, so it was just blowing up.
We got on stage, and when that instrumental played, the entire school went insane when we spit bars over that song - The 2 of us; we DESTROYED that talent show and became…”popular”.
This picture means so much.
This is a picture of my oldest brother. And of course, the always lovely Ms. Badu.
I miss my brother. Both of them.
Need to find my way home. ASAP.