Erykah Badu Reveals How She and Her Mom Really Felt About Outkast's "Ms. Jackson"
Published Nov 28, 2016It's fairly common knowledge by now that Outkast's massive 2000 hit "Ms. Jackson" was inspired by and directed at Erykah Badu's mother. Now, Badu — who has a child with Outkast's André 3000 — has opened up about how she and her mother feel about the song.
In an interview with Rap Radar, Badu revealed that she's never spoken to her son Seven about the song, but for her, the track hit a "sore spot." After initially thinking, "I don't want to hear that" in response to Big Boi's verse, André 3000 managed to change her mind.
"Then when I heard André's verse, I felt very good because his verse was really, really inspiring," she explained. "He just told how he felt, and it was his honest feelings. I've always respected that and listened to what he felt and appreciated it. So, I liked it."
The biggest fan of the song, though, was its intended recipient — Badu's mother.
"How did my mama feel? Baby, she bought herself a Ms. Jackson license plate," Badu said. "She had the mug, she had the ink pen, she had the headband, everything. That's who loved it."
Watch video footage of Badu's interview below, then relive the track in question beyond that.
As previously reported, Badu is currently cooking up a collaborative EP with D.R.A.M. and recently contributed to The Land's soundtrack on a cut with Nas.