The first time I saw Erykah Badu perform live, ironically, wasn't at a concert, but during the taping of the second season of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry at the Supper Club in New York City. What struck me wasn't so much her command of the stage (I could tell that from her videos). It was how all of that brilliant artistry and energy was wrapped in such a small package. In fact, she was so tiny, I almost walked right past her outside after the taping.
She was brilliant that night, performing two poems and wowing the crowd. Below is the routine that made the television cut, "Friends, Fans & Artists."