© Kemi Sulola 2019

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I want a rimshot aye digi digi, a rimshot aye come on !

Ms Badu!

20 years ago brought this album out this month, work of art!

of course at the time I would have been far too young to really connect with it, but when I got old enough in secondary school and most likely through my brothers , I discovered this queen!

I remember in school in the IT room, I would go on youtube and sit and watch a host of neo soul songs, id start with say Jill scott, then Musiq ( of course), a few more in-between and then id get to Badu! ( not always in that order, but you get the point) I remember On and On particularly - my jam. I would sing that , I even covered it on youtube ( Later took it off ,not sure where it is now)

I also remember around that time when i was younger and everyone used to wear those coloured glittered balaclavas and I started wearing them on my head as a head wrap in ode of her ( and India arie) I felt connected in who I was a young black female- so important. But just the feeling her music gives, that vibe!! I'm always on about it, its truly for your soul.

Mostly I remember seeing her live a few years back at a Nas and Damien Marley gig, she was crazy and i loved it, voice as hitting and as strong as her recordings- her performance mad, I'm still yet to get to one of her own headline shows, but sure I will do!. Her authenticity and rawness is what inspires me. Her beauty, strength and grace, its always been about the music, yet she stands for something and thats very clear! .. she's very centred in her truth.

See I picks my friends like I pick my fruit & Ganny told me that when I was only a youth I don't go 'round trying to be what I'm not I don't waste my time trying to get what you got I work at pleasing me cause I can't please you And that's why I do what I do My soul flies free like a willow tree Doo wee doo wee do wee

And if you don't want to be down with me You don't want to pick from my appletree And if you don't want to be down with me Then you don't want to pick from my appletree And if you don't want to be down with me Then you don't want to pick from my appletree And if you don't want to be down with me You just don't want to be down