Erykah Badu: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Aug. 15, 2018 | Felix Contreras -- Some folks around the NPR Music office said they felt an almost spiritual connection to Erykah Badu during her visit to the Tiny Desk. And that was before she and her band even played a single note. It came from the waft of earthly scents that followed in her wake, to the flowing dreads and clothes that hung on her like robes.After her self-introduction, which included a rundown of her spiritual and creative aliases, Badu rolled into one of her earliest musical calling cards, "Rimshot." It's an ode to the sound the percussionist makes when a drumstick is struck against the metal edge of the snare drum. On this performance, as on her 1997 album Baduizm, it becomes a device to play with time — stretching it, stopping it, suspending it. Propelled by jazz chords on the piano and the steady pulse of the acoustic bass, the playful performance unfolded in the tradition of the best bebop.But the panoramic song "Green Eyes" is the centerpiece of Badu's Tiny Desk performance. It's wide-ranging in scope and musical arrangement and brilliantly executed by the jazz and hip-hop musicians in her backing band. The story of heartbreak is striking enough, but her interpretation showcases her formidable vocal skills. By the time it was over, we were all just as emotionally and spiritually spent as she was from the experience.Erykah Badu is an artist for the ages. To old-school jazz fans like myself, names like Nina Simone, Betty Carter and Shirley Horn come to mind as much as Billie Holiday because of Badu's singular approach to a lyric. They all cut their own creative path and left behind a legacy that you can identify with just one note. Erykah Badu is on that same path, and one day her name will be mentioned along with the other Elders who share her spirit of musical adventure.Set List"Rimshot""Green Eyes"MusiciansErykah Badu (lead vocals), RC Williams (Keys), Braylon Lacy (bass), Cleon Edwards (Drums), Frank Moka (Percussion), Kenneth Whalum (Sax), Keyon Harrold (Trumpet), Dwayne Kerr (Flute)CreditsProducers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Khun Minn Ohn, CJ Riculan; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR.

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Watching this in 2018 ty looks so different

Not when everybody out here beefin'


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I’m like 100% the anxious type but when I’m having fun w/ my girlfriend I’m more the secure type

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Dany-Alexander Stoyanov

will you be making more video game easter eggs

Sam Hoyek

I still don't understand how Tom Clancy is in any way related to these games, how can it be "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint" if tom passed away years ago and hasn't written anything titled breakpoint?


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Robbie Boy

this hurts so freaking much

Me : gets plastic knife


The one with the guitar is where you guys mess up at 1:08. I can see that it's reversed except for the part where it's swinging on the wall. Nicely edited ;) you almost got away with it.

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think of like the emotion in that situation. you’d prolly feel ashamed, confused, disgusted, violated, used, and have a mega adrenaline rush. i myself if i’m being honest would be so scared that i’d stay still. or i would scream my lungs to death and start kicking, swinging hands and shit like that.

Tomo Key Cookie

I swear, if there's an Easter egg left Is this video as well...

"I don't like children!" good!!!!!!!!

Herlinda Troya

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4. Do not trust the comments that have upvotes;  

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@NsMxSum41him LOL i dint even notice the gun the first time i watched the video :D

Keziah Lang

what place did this get filmed at. like what skiing mountain

Jacob Holland

Don't you just love the scooters at 6:06?


What does the word "unused" means in the title ? Which has never been found by players ?

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my eyes are just pissing.