“You can call him, but you can’t use my phone…you can call him, but you can’t use my phone…you better use telepathy, cuz you can’t use my phone…put a message in a bottle, but you can’t use my phone…(Caint Use My Phone (Suite)”
Erykah Badu has just released the mixtape But You Cain’t Use My Phone. It was absolutely a great present for the holidays.
Any fan of Erykah Badu knows the amount of soul, funk, and groove usually in Erykah’s music. I don’t see any Erykah fans being disappointed. It is a great themed piece. It feels good and it is a great work considering most of us are addicted to our cell phones. All of the songs on the mixtape involve phones. Obviously the title is taken from the infamous line from Tyrone. That is not the only great sample on the mixtape. Besides her incredible remix of Hotline Bling, she also uses elements from The Isley Brothers’ Hello It’s Me, Usher’s U Don’t Have To Call, New Edition’s Mr. Telephone Man, and even her own song Telephone.
In addition to some funny moments and a good basic flow throughout, the mixtape also features appearance by not only Drake, but also Badu’s “babydaddy” – Andre 3000. The song Hello which features 3000 is a perfect combination of the two of them. It slightly made me wish they would get back together and continue to make beautiful music together. The entire collective work could have just as easily been an album.
Last night Erykah celebrated her phone themed mixtape by giving clues to her phone number across the song and mixtape covers and actually answering people’s phone calls. With all of the lead in and everything, you will not be disappointed.
Purchase But You Can’t Use My Phone on iTunes & everywhere else music is distributed.
Below is Hello: