The 10 Songs We Want to See Erykah Badu Remix After Drake's "Hotline Bling"

Far be it from us to tell Erykah Badu what to do, but hey, these remixes would be cool, wouldn't they?
Far be it from us to tell Erykah Badu what to do, but hey, these remixes would be cool, wouldn't they?
Mike Brooks

Late last week Erykah Badu dropped a remix of Drake’s club banger “Hotline Bling,” and it was every bit as bonkers as we could've hoped it to be. Cover song aren't usually Badu's thing, but c'mon, her son Seven Benjamin (of Andre 3000 lineage) even had a co-writing credit . So it got us thinking: With the High Priestess of Neo-Soul in the midst of working on a new mixtape, titled BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE, what other summer bangers would we like to hear her bling out? Now, we’re not saying we're calling her up to beg for this shit, but consider it the pre-call. It might just be the mixtape to save the world.

Meek Mill - "All Eyes On Yo

Okay, wishful thinking here. We know this one ain’t happening. Meek lost that beef so bad no one will ever remix, or cover his work. Man, what a waste of the Undertaker theme, let’s just forget that beef ever happened.

The Weeknd - "I Can’t Feel My Face"

We are contractually obligated to include a song by the Weeknd in each and every list published due to it being 2015, and there ain’t a woman out there who doesn’t want this to happen. It’s the Weeknd’s world, we’re just living in it.

Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"

Listen, Badu would do this just to toss shade at Miley’s Creepy Uncle Wayne (Coyne, that is) because there’s no way in hell she’s moved on from that whole blow up over the “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” video back in 2012. Could totally see Badu taking this, owning, it and doing so just to serve notice that she’s the baddest bitch on the block, and cultural appropriation ain’t cool.

Leon Bridges - "Smooth Sailin'"

You didn’t think we were going to do this list and not have a song by the artist who’s taken the American listening public by storm this year, and who just happens to be from Fort worth and play around Deep Ellum, and supposedly has had Badu’s praise did you? Picking a Bridges song was a Sophie’s Choice, we think the upbeat nature of “Smooth Sailin” lends itself to Badu’s mischievous style.

Madonna - "Like A Prayer"

What if Badu goes all out and recreates the video with giant burning crosses on the grassy knoll? We might legit get the Scanners head explosion moment on Fox News when Bill O'Reilly sees the video.

LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends"

There’s already been a micro industry of groups covering James Murphy’s ode to a throwback night for a group of friends who have been losing their edge. Now imagine a Badu remix where she puts her trademark wit to use into a track that’s already considered a classic of its generation.

Next - "Too Close"

The debate was between this and any 112, Jodeci, Blackstreet and literally any group from the ATL or on the Bad Boy label from 1993 to 2004. We literally picked a song out of a hat, because Badu is liable to cover any of these at any time.

The Darkness - "I Believe in a Thing Called Love"

Don’t lie, you totally want to hear her do a slow burn, 8-minute-long version of this throwaway hit from 2003. You know it’d be the most badass thing you’ve heard.

Any Taylor Swift song If you’re looking for Badu to cover Taylor Swift’s 1989 ala Ryan Adams, then you better press “0” cause that shit ain’t happening.
Drake, TI, Swizz Beatz - "Fancy"

Everything begins, and ends with Drake. We now measure everything in Before Drake (B.D.) and After Drake (A.D.), even the work of Erykah Badu.


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