Erykah Badu – “Tyrone” (Live 1997 concert -YouTube video & lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post presents information about Erykah Badu and showcases a 1997 YouTube video of Eyrkah Badu singing her song “Tyrone” (“Call Tyrone”).

Information about this song is also included in this post.

The lyrics to that song are included in this post.

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Thanks to Erykah Badu for her musical legacy and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to Erykah Badu for sharing this video on YouTube.
Click for the pancocojams post entitled “Erykah Badu – “Tyrone” (2001 North Sea Jazz Concert Video with Transcriptions Of Her Introductory Remarks)”.

“Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971),[1] known professionally as Erykah Badu (/ˈɛrɪkə bɑːˈduː/), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Badu’s career began after opening a show for D’Angelo in 1994 in Fort Worth; record label executive Kedar Massenburg was highly impressed with her performance and signed her to Kedar Entertainment.[1] Her first album, Baduizm, was released in February 1997.[2] It spawned three singles: “On & On”, “Next Lifetime” and “Otherside of the Game”. The album was certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3] Her first live album, Live, was released in November 1997 and was certified double Platinum by the RIAA.[3]


Influenced by R&B, 1970s soul, and 1980s hip hop,[1] Badu became associated with the neo soul subgenre in the 1990s along with artists like D’Angelo.[7] Badu has been called the queen of neo soul. Her voice has been compared to jazz singer Billie Holiday.[8][9][10] Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for her eccentric style, which often included wearing very large and colorful headwraps.”…

“Tyrone” is a song by singer Erykah Badu. It was released as the lead single in support of her album Live and does not feature on her debut album Baduizm. The song was recorded professionally during a Badu concert and is the version sent to radio. The song has been referenced in other media, most notably in the film Next Friday (1999), when Tyrone (Deebo’s accomplice/younger sibling) is making a fake call at a restaurant. The song title is also referenced by Beyoncé in the song “Kitty Kat” off her second album B’Day and in the rap of 3LW’s hit single “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right),” as well as R. Kelly in the song “When a Woman’s Fed Up” from its 1998 double album R.

Release and reception
Tyrone was played in heavy rotation on radio, although the song failed to chart on either Billboard’s R&B or pop singles chart. The song reached #1 on R&B’s airplay chart.[1]”…

“About ‘Tyrone’
Erykah told the Power 105 Breakfast Club that her most famous song was “a total freestyle” that she made up on the spot and just happened to record.

Erykah has had enough with her no-good, do-nothing man and is kicking him out of the house. Tyrone isn’t actually the boyfriend here: Tyrone is the boyfriend’s homeboy, and Erykah suggests that he “call up Tyrone” to help him move his sh&t* out of her house.

The boyfriend put his friends above her, disrespected her, and basically acted like a scrub. Since he loves Tyrone so much, maybe Tyrone can help him carry his things out: but he can’t call Tyrone on Erykah’s phone, because he never helped her with the bill.

Some have suggested that this song is about Andre 3000 of Outkast, an allegation that he vehemently denies in his song “A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre.”
*This word is fully spelled out in this article and in the lyrics given below.

Also, because pancocojams is a family friendly blog, the n word in the lyrics is also given with modified spelling.

SHOWCASE VIDEO: Erykah Badu – Tyrone (Live)

Erykah Badu,Jun 16, 2009

Music video by Erykah Badu performing Tyrone. (C) 1997 Kedar Entertainment / Universal Records Inc.
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(Erykah Badu)

[Live Intro]
Now keep in mind that I’m an artist
And I’m sensitive about my sh&t*
But y’all been nice about it, alright
Sisters, how y’all feel?
Brothers, y’all alright?
Lemme see how y’all groove to this

[Verse 1]
I’m gettin’ tired of your sh&t*
You don’t never buy me nothin’
See every time you come around
You gotta bring Jim, James, Paul, and Tyrone
See why can’t we be by ourselves, sometimes
See I’ve been having this on my mind for a long time
I just want it to be you and me
Like it used to be, baby
But ya don’t know how to act
So matter of fact

I think ya better call Tyrone (call him)
And tell him come on, help you get your sh&t*
(Come on, come on, come on)
You need to call Tyrone (call him)
And tell him I said come on

[Verse 2]
Now every time I ask you for a little cash
You say naw, but turn right around and ask me for some ass
Oh, whoa well hold up, listen partner I ain’t no cheap thrill
Cause Miss Badu is always comin’ for real and you know the deal, ni&&a*!
Every time we go somewhere I gotta reach down in my purse
To pay your way and your homeboys’ way and sometimes your cousin’s way
They don’t never have to pay, don’t have no cars
Hang around in bars try to hang around with stars
Like Badu Imma tell you the truth
Show and prove or get the boot

I think ya better (call him)
And tell him come on, help you get your sh&t*
(Come on, come on, come on)
You need to call Tyrone (call him)
Hold on
But you can’t use my phone

*These words are fully spelled out in these lyrics.

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