Erykah Badu Drops New Mixtape ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’

Music Mix Daily Staff

Erykah Badu Cover Art


Earlier this fall, four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Erykah Badu released a remix of Drake’s popular hit “Hotline Bling” – but she didn’t stop there. In an October press release, she revealed that she’s taking her remix (which she renamed “Cell U Lar Device”) and turning it into a telephone-themed mixtape, titled But You Caint Use My Phone. Now, after she released the highly anticipated project’s psychedelic cover art and track listing on November 25th, we got more excited than ever!

The 11-track compilation, made up of nine songs and two interludes, is available exclusively from iTunes/Apple Music for one week beginning November 27th and wide download and streaming available December 4th. However, you can listen to it for free on Datpiff.

Badu’s newest release, the title of which is a reference to a line from her 1997 track “Tyrone,” explores the theme of our increasing reliance on staying inter-connected, especially through the medium of telephones. Along with producer Zach Witnessin, Badu wrote, recorded and mixed the entire project in 12 days in her home studio in Dallas, Texas. The album features surprise guests, such as André 3000 and Drake, none of whom had been revealed until the release date.

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According to a press release, Badu describes the fresh sound of her album as “TRap & B,” a blend of rap, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and psychedelic vibes. The most recent single from the new album, “Phone Down” was released earlier this month.  Sunday, November 29, Badu hosted the 2015 Soul Train Awards and also gave her first television performance of the new single.

But You Caint Use My Phone is Badu’s first full-length project since 2010’s New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) and her second mixtape of 2015.

Track Listing:

01. Caint Use My Phone Suite
02. Hi
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
09. Dial’afreaq
10. I’ll Call U Back
11. Hello