Erykah Badu has long been critical of the current state of Black music. Yesteday, after a seemingly bad listen to a local hip hop station, the 39-year-old soul singer took to her Twitter account to tweet her distaste about R&B artists and rappers gone pop. Badu says, “How ya’ll gone stand by and let our music turn into pop techno cornball ass music?”

“The New Amerykah” artist complained that we no longer own our music. “We don’t own our music no more. Come to think of it, did we EVER own it?” Badu says, “Where is the funk AT? They played 6 in a row today; pop techno songs back to back. With so called R&B and rap artist on the Hip Hop station.” Badu tweets, “Where I been? I wanna hear from the young people. It’s easy for me to complain about this techno-pop cause I have a taste for something else. But how do YOU feel?”

The long-time artist says she doesn’t want to offend anyone. But anyone remotely familiar with the today’s R&B sound knows exactly who Badu could be referring to. “Young people, I know this is the music of your generation. These rappers ought to be ashamed of their damn selves,” Badu tweets. “I’m talking about the mc’ s rappin over this pop techno music. I believe in pimpin the system [but] got DAMN! Not like this!”

What do you think about Badu’s tweets? A rant or a necessary message? Sound off!

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  • Standing O for Sister Badu on this one. I generally don’t listen to the hip hop stations anymore. There’s too much ignorant, juvenile trash, and everything else on sounds like soulless techno with repetitive lyrics.

    I was thinking about this last week when I passed by a channel playing Nelly’s newest video. The lyrics were nice, sensitive even, but the flow and the electronica in the background were whack. I’ve never been a huge Nelly fan, but I couldn’t believe he would trade in his signature flow and grimy beats like that.

    We also have to look at ourselves as consumers of music. We all know too many folks downloading music for free and buying bootlegs at the beauty shop.
    You have to support intelligent R&B artists by paying for their music to show that real music made by and for Black adults still sells, or “mainstream” R&B will continue to disintegrate.

    In the meanwhile, I’ll be checking out the conscious independent artists and their free mixes.

  • Nik

    @Fraulein17 There’s nothing wrong with her stating her opinion, but she always acts like she’s on some high horse, like she’s better than every other artist that ever existed.

    And don’t come at me. If she can state how she feels, so can I.

  • Sis Erykah has never been afraid to voice her opinions on how the music continually loses its soul and how artists are whoring themselves to get money and a little shine. I’m glad someone is saying something instead of jumping on the bandwagon.

  • Joy

    I don’t get it. People come on here and attack others for their comments? Wow. Smh.

    I disagree with Erykah. The end.

    • Joy wrote: “I don’t get it. People come on here and attack others for their comments? Wow. Smh. I disagree with Erykah. The end.”

      You are right and it’s pathetic!

      Personal attacks – as opposed to simply debating the issues and accepting diverse POV – is the height of intolerance, insecurity, issues and ignorance and many have noticed these antics.