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Erykah Badu to Drop 'But You Caint Use My Phone' Mixtape Next Week, Talks Drake-Meek Mill Beef

by William Hoffman   Oct 28, 2015 12:00 PM EDT

In an interview with Noisey, songstress Erykah Badu revealed her new mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, is set to drop next week. In addition to promoting her slew of new projects, Badu gave her input on the Drake-Meek Mill beef, and her stance might surprise you.

Badu hasn't released a full-length album in five years, but she's certainly been busy in 2015 with an appearance on Chance The Rapper's Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment album Surf, an upcoming hosting gig for BET & Centric's 2015 Soul Train Music Awards in November and the release of a cover/remix of Drake's "Hotline Bling" titled "Hotline Bling But U Caint Use My Phone Mix," which serves as the first release from her upcoming mixtape. Later this week she'll also debut her one-woman show titled Live Nudity at Dallas' Black Academy of Arts and Letters, where she trained at a young age. 

Badu is good friends with Drake, having shared tea and relationship advice in the past, as he's said in "Days in the East." Still, when asked about the feud with Meek Mill, she doesn't explicitly take Drake's side.

When asked by Noisey about her thoughts on the beef, she responded, "Loved it. That's what hip-hop is about to me. I liked that. That's the way we're supposed to handle it! I encourage it."

She said she was inspired to write again while listening to Drake record "a cute song," which turned into the viral hit "Hotline Bling." Her remix of the song became the catalyst for the But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape (the name of which plays on a line from "Tyrone") coming out next week, which she said may have her interpreting other artists. Although she wouldn't reveal who those artists are, she said to expect "the usual suspects" to be involved.

Read the full interview over on Noisey and catch her on BET Sunday Nov. 29 at 8 p.m ET hosting the Soul Train Music Awards, which this year is set to honor Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Jill Scott.

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