Erykah Badu is getting ready to host the Soul Train Awards this Sunday. The singer, one of music's irreplaceable gems, is also an associate producer of the show. We love how with all the fame and living her life in the public eye, the proud Dallas native manages to stay mysterious. How well do you know about the green-eyed soul sista? From her days as an MC to how she really felt while filming the video for "Window Seat," we've pulled together 9 things you should know if you call yourself an Erykah Badu fan.
She Was Originally Known as 'MC Apples'
In the early 90s, Badu's ambition was to be a rapper known as 'MC Apples.' She was one-half of a rap group called Erykah Free with her cousin. At 14 she tried her hand at freestyle-rapping for local Dallas radio station, KNON. "We were even better than a lot of the guy groups" she once told Rolling Stone. "Shoot I'm always going to be a freestyle fool. Rap is like the jazz of Billie Holiday's day."