Erykah Badu’s Mom, the Real ‘Ms. Jackson,’ Loved Outkast Song
Erykah Badu has confirmed the meaning behind a modern pop classic's origin: The singer-songwriter said that, yes, Outkast's song "Ms. Jackson" is about Erykah's mother.
On Rap Radar's podcast interview between Erykah and editor Brian "B. Dot" Miller, she said the rap duo's 2000 No. 1 hit was inspired by Andre "3000" Benjamin's relationship with her mother. Badu and Benjamin had a son together, Seven Sirius Benjamin, in 1997, and "Ms. Jackson" was the rapper's apology to his grandson's mother that the two couldn't make their relationship work.
"It hit kind of a sore spot,” Badu said on the Rap Radar podcast. "I didn’t wanna hear that, especially when I heard Big Boi’s verse. When I heard Andre’s verse, I felt very good because his verse was really, really inspiring."
"He just said how he felt and it was his honest feelings and I always respected that and listened to what he felt and appreciated it," Badu continued.
And how did Erykah Badu's mother, Kolleen Maria Gipson, take "Ms. Jackson"?
"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."
"I’m sorry, Ms. Jackson, I am for real / Never meant to make your daughter cry / I apologise a trillion times," Andre 3000 sings on the chorus to the song, which opens with, "Yeah, this one right here goes out to all the baby's mamas / mama's mamas, baby mama's mamas."
Erykah and Andre 3000 reunited musically for "Hello," a song on her November 2015 mixtape But You Cain't Use My Phone.
Watch Erykah Badu explain "Ms. Jackson" below.
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