Erykah Badu To Visit Rikers Island

Soulful singer Erykah Badu will take a break from promoting her upcoming new album, "Mama's Gun," to perform a concert and speak to inmates at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in New York City on Friday, October 27.

A special events coordinator for the city's Department of Corrections confirmed Badu's planned performance on that date and said the event, which will be closed to the public, is part of a continuing series of appearances by various hip-hop artists at the prison.

Badu's label rep at Motown Records said that the singer is hoping her visit to the facility will send a positive message and help encourage inmates about their options once they are released.

Flipmode Squad rapper Rah Digga played at Rikers earlier this year (see "Rah Digga To Play Show At Rikers Island"), and both Fat Joe and the late Big Punisher performed there in 1998.

As for Badu, her latest single, "Bag Lady," has

been number one on the "Billboard" R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart for the past four weeks. "Mama's Gun," Badu's long-awaited studio follow-up to her 1997 debut, "Baduizm," is due out on November 21.