The inimitable Erykah Badu is adding another feather to her headwrap, as well as adding a new alias to her list of names. Born Erica Abi Wright, the lovely and talented Ms. Badu is now going by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, at least when she’s behind the ones and twos. That’s right: Ms. Badu/Brown is now a DJ, and she’s on the verge of releasing her first mixtape. Details are scant so far, but who can blame her? Badu has been one busy lady lately.
Over the past few years, she has toured, released New Amerykah Vols. One and Two, and — get this — made an appearance on psychedelic kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba! Word on the street is that DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown did her own mixing and producing on the upcoming mixtape, which is rumored to be dance-oriented in nature. Earlier this year, Flying Lotus announced that he was producing for Badu, but there’s no word yet if this dream duo teamed up in some capacity for her mixtape or for an as-yet-unreleased project. Badu/Brown has done her DJ thang at shows around the USA lately, so keep your eyes peeled for a mysteriously familiar young lady rockin’ the decks at your local music venues/festivals.
• Erykah Badu: http://www.erykah-badu.com