April 17, 2023
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Erykah Badu has announced a 25-city U.S. tour with rapper and longtime friend, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def. The tour will kick off in Badu’s home state of Texas and arrive in Charlotte at Spectrum Center of July 16. Badu’s debut multi-platinum album, Baduizm, released in 1997, was both a critical and commercial success, establishing her as pioneer in the genre of neo-soul. She released her last full-length music project, But You Caint Use My Phone, in 2015.
Bey released the long-awaited second Black Star album with Talib Kweli, No Fear of Time, on May 3, 2022 exclusively through the podcast platform Luminary, the duo’s first full-length release in 24 years, which was entirely produced by Madlib. In 2021, he also launched The Midnight Miracle podcast on Luminary alongside Kweli and Dave Chappelle.
Badu and Bey were a part of the ’90s experimental Black music collective Soulquarians with Questlove, D’Angelo, James Poyser, Q Tip, and J Dilla.
Presale begins April 19 at 10 a.m. (APPLETREE122) and tickets go on sale to the general public starting April 20 at 2:22 p.m.