Next time you walk past a busking musician in your city, take a closer listen — it could be Erykah Badu.
The Grammy-winning R 'n' B songstress hasn't “made a record in bout 3 or 4 years, so” she took to Times Square in NYC last Friday, where she performed an ad-libbed song about needing money in front of dozens of passersby. After what looks to be a few minutes of performing, she wasn't recognized by anyone, and she earned a whopping $3.60 — just about enough for a juice or a sorbet.
Her iPhone recording of the performance was posted to Okay Player.
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Badu is still working on her next album, which she has reportedly been recording for at least a year now.
Her last release was 2010's “New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh).” She and Janelle Monae collaborated on the excellent song “Q.U.E.E.N.” last year.