It’s a question we’ve always wondered: How did Erykah Badu’s mother feel about the Outkast track “Ms. Jackson”?
Let’s go back to the year 2000, when the Stankonia album was released. For some, “Ms. Jackson” was a song being blasted in your cars while driving to high school. For others, it was a track you were twerking or two-stepping to while at a local night club. Either way, the song takes us all back to a certain time or place.
You probably even remember belting out the lyrics, “I’m sorry, Ms. Jackson, I am for real, never meant to make your daughter cry, I apologize a trillion times.” And for those of us old enough to understand, we know that those very lyrics were meant for Badu’s mother.
Erkyah and Outkast frontman Andre 3000 dated for a while and even conceived a child together. But at some point during the relationship, Andre broke Badu’s heart and felt the need to apologize to her mother.
One would think Badu’s mom would have broken every record she got her hands on, but it was quite the opposite. During an interview with Rap Radar, the 45-year-old songstress suggested her mother was a huge fan of the track. “How did my mama feel?” Badu said. “Baby, she bought herself a ‘Ms. Jackson’ license plate. She had the mug, she had the ink pen, she had the headband, everything. That’s who loved it.”
The Texas native added, “He just said how he felt, and it was his honest feelings. And I always respected that and listened to what he felt and appreciated it.”
But while her mother was pro “Ms. Jackson,” Erykah wasn’t exactly on the ‘I love it’ joy ride. “It hit kind of a sore spot,” Badu suggested. “I didn’t wanna hear that, especially when I heard Big Boi’s verse. When I heard Andre’s verse, I felt very good because his verse was really, really inspiring.”
The song, by the way, was written following the pair’s 1999 breakup.
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