Erykah Badu: Storytelling in Spain With Red Bull Academy

After enormous success in the United States last month with the “Five Out of Five” series, Red Bull Academy took their series to Madrid, Spain, to speak some to some more influential entertainers. The event featured seminal New York Hip-Hop groups like Mobb Deep, Wu-Tang, Black Moon, and the Diplomats all sitting down for discussions about their history, their successes, and their futures, as well as performing for sold out crowds.

The Madrid event kicked off with one of the biggest names in R&B and music in general, Ms. Erykah Badu, who spoke on everything from her albums, to her thought processes and creative inspirations, as well as her thoughts on the music industry as a whole, and what she thinks about her contributions to the entertainment industry. Check out the full video below:


Erykah Badu needs little introduction. Her seminal works like 'Baduizm' and the 'New AmErykah' series have successively upped the ante in terms of what can be done within the soul spectrum. Erykah fuses cosmic b-girl bravado with the forward-thinking sounds of producers like the Soulquarians, Madlib, and more recently, Academy grad Flying Lotus, to create a sonically varied body of work – selling millions of albums in the process. She also heads up her own record label, Control FreaQ, and has even been caught on the ones and twos recently, under her moniker DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown. Watch her tell the story to Eothen 'Egon' Alapatt at the Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid.

For more videos from the Madrid event featuring MF Doom and Tom Ze, visit Red Bull Music Academy.