In last week's print edition, we ran a piece by noted hip-hop scribe/LA Weekly music editor/longtime Observer contributor Ben Westhoff that plays catch-up The D.O.C., perhaps Dallas' greatest hip-hop export -- and greatest hip-hop curio -- of all-time. It was a great piece, one that offered great insight into the rappers world. Rightfully so, it turned a lot of heads in the hip-hop world.

And why not? In it, The D.O.C. talked on a variety of topics: His own, largely failed, efforts to become one of the greatest rappers of all-time; the difficulty of coming to terms with the fact that he lost his voice during a drug- and alcohol-fueled car crash that happened late one night after a video shoot; his on-again-off-again relationship with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre; his claim that Dr. Dre's Detox, on which he is again collaborating, could be ready within six months; and, perhaps more interesting than all of that, his relationship with fellow Dallas luminary Erykah Badu.

Wrote Westhoff:

Badu's Dallas home is a "beautiful house right off of a really nice body of water," D.O.C. says of the singer's home overlooking White Rock Lake, while adding that he remains very much enchanted with her. In fact, he hopes to film a reality show before long about the goings-on in her house, ending with a wedding between him and Badu.

Our initial thoughts upon reading this reveal? Kind of sweet, if a little delusional, too. Seems we were right on, too: This morning, Paul Levatino, general manager of Badu's all-encompassing Badu World entity, released an "official response" to our article and The D.O.C.'s statements within it.

Erykah Badu Responds to D.O.C.'s Comments On Their Relationship, Future Reality Show

In short: While it's true that Badu and D.O.C. share a 7-year-old daughter named Puma, Badu is not interested in pursuing further romantic relations with The D.O.C., nor does she plan to participate in his planned reality show, I Got My Voice Back, beyond a rare guest appearance or two.

Below, read the entire statement from Levatino:

Erykah Badu and The D.O.C. share parental responsibilities for their daughter and their relationship as it regards that aim is very good. However, that is the full extent of their personal involvement and no romantic dynamic exists between the two. Moreover, Erykah has no plans to marry or have any sort of courtship with the D.O.C. Ms. Badu has no plans to allow a reality show to be filmed in her private Dallas residence or to include any of her children in the filming. Ms. Badu has no concrete plans further than a guest appearance in his reality show. The D.O.C.'s comments were either taken out of context, improperly interpreted, or reflective of his now, not-so-secret desires. Whatever the case, Erykah wishes D.O.C. well both spiritually and professionally.

Well, we're confident that we neither took his comments out of context nor improperly interpreted them... so I guess that leaves "reflective of his now, not-so-secret desires," in this case meaning his love for Badu, we think.

Either way: Saucy!

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