latest release, “Days in the East,” we learned that he and Erykah Badu had a heart-to-heart over a cup of tea, and in addition to wondering what brew she served — green tea, peppermint, lemon-acai? — we’re also curious about what the entire conversation sounded like.
“Remember one night I went to Erykah Badu house, she made tea for me. We talked about love and what life could really be for me,” Drake spits on the track. “She said, when that sh– is real, you just know.”
So, they chatted about love and maybe his longing for Rihanna, but there must’ve been more to it. Here’s what we’re thinking:
“We Made It” Freestyle
Badu’s ex, Jay Electronica, showed up out of the blue to drop a freestyle over Soulja Boys’ “We Made it” beat (which Drake owned in December) and he was accompanied by Jay Z, who had a few choice words for Drizzy.
Hov flexed a bit, responding to Drake’s art rap criticisms and noting that he owns the masters of all his recordings, which Drake definitely does not. Erykah’s been in the business long enough to know that getting gently prodded by Hov on a song is good news. Not to mention that it was accompanied by a very rare verse from Jay Elect. She probably told Drake that it was a good idea to strike back subtly, but not push Jay too far.
Remember that time Drake admitted to having an Andre 3000 shrine in his apartment? It wasn’t that easy to shake the image, and since Erykah Badu has gotten as close to Three Stacks as anyone could (they have a son together), the YMCMB rapper probably couldn’t help asking a few questions about him: “What kinda cologne does Andre wear? Is he into ‘Tuscan Leather’? Does he enjoy smoking hookah in a bathtub?” Badu isn’t the type to kiss and tell, but she likely let a few details slip just to satiate Drake’s thirst.
Holding Hands With Kendrick Lamar
Badu joined K. Dot to perform his GKMC single “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” at the BET Awards last year, and after the set, they walked offstage holding hands. The image definitely made the rounds on social media, and with the whole uproar over Kendrick’s “Control” verse, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that his name came up in their conversation. Healthy competition isn’t a bad thing, but Badu might’ve advised Drake to take the high road and not turn this one into a battle royale.
A Feature Or Sample
Drake is an Aaliyah aficionado, and he’s expressed interest in working with Sade, so it wouldn’t be far-fetched to think that there might be an Erykah Badu collaboration in his upcoming music. Her classic track “On and On” was a hit right around the time that she was dating Andre 3000, and Drizzy could lend something special to a remake or sample of the song.
How To Woo The Right Lady
Drake recently took Rolling Stone inside his sprawling California compound, complete with a waterfall, movie theater, mechanical bull and a switch-operated bookshelf, which opens up and leads into his bedroom. Sure, this might blow away the average groupie, but there’s no way that this impresses Rihanna. Seeing that Rih can already afford her own compound (and the groupies to go with it), Badu is the perfect person to offer some advice on wooing the Roc Nation star. After all, she’s had her fair share of high-profile relationships, including Andre 3000, Common and Jay Electronica. She’s no prude.
Staying Healthy With All The Pressure
With all those after hours at Il Mulino or Sotto Sotto, just talking women and vino, plus the world tours, parties and long recording sessions, Drizzy has to make staying healthy a priority. Erykah Badu has been a practicing vegan-vegetarian for over 20 years, so whatever organic tea she served him, probably came with a side of advice about diet and holistic living. Badu recently told ORIGIN magazine that she’s all about a healthy regimen and having her green juice on the daily. So our guess about her advice to Drake? “Take a shot of wheatgrass for me.”