Though growing up herself with 70s soul and 80s hip hop, Erykah Badu was mainly being compared to Billie Holiday when she had her big breakthrough in 1997 with first album ‘Baduizm’ and single On & On. Her live video of Tyrone was also very successful. After a live album, she released her long-awaited second album ‘Mama’s Gun’ in 2000 and scored another big hit with the song Bag Lady. Ever since, the singer-songwriter is seen as one of the most important neo soul artists. Her lyrics are often politically and socially loaded. Badu’s fifth and latest album ‘New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh’ was released in 2010. A year before that she performed at the Dutch North Sea Jazz Festival.