Erykah Badu Speaks on Using Biggie's Lyrics

Published April 2, 2010

Erykah Badu's as hip-hop as it gets. Listen close enough and you may just hear something rapper-esque.

On "Fall in Love (Your Funeral)" off Badu's "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)," the singer borrows one of Biggie Smalls' hardest lines and somehow makes it fit in a love song.

"Before I was a vocalist, I was an MC," Badu told BET.com. "When I'm writing, I write with rhythm, kinda like an MC would write. In the song "Fall in Love on the new album, 'New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh),' I say a line from "Warning," Biggie's song. 'There's gonna be a lot of slow singin' and flower bringin' if my burglar alarm start ringin',' something I wish I had written."

"It goes very well with the song, but I interpreted it different," she continued. "I flipped it a little bit. It's called you don't wanna fall in love with me, 'cause if you do, there's gonna be some slow singin' and flower bringin' if my burglar alarm start ringin', meaning, if you come through this door, it's gon be your funeral. It's kinda like an expression of hip-hop, you know bragadocious tongue in cheek satire."

Erykah Badu's "New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)" is in stores now. Click here to read BET.com's review.

Written by Carl Chery, BET.com staff

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