After teasing and pleasing with her own cover of "Hotline Bling" and new track "Phone Down," it looks like Miss Erykah Badu is finally ready to deliver the goods. Her first-ever mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, will be released to the masses this Friday (November 27th) as an iTunes/Apple Music exclusive just in time for the Black Friday rush. For those not lost in the Apple matrix, it will be available via other venues on December 4th.
In preparation for its arrival, the neo soul survivor has released the cover and tracklist for the phone-themed mixtape, and they're sure to spark even more interest in the project. The cover continues the newspaper clipping motif that was seen on the "Phone Down" artwork, with her ControlFreaq logo getting a few new arms, a la the Hindu goddess Kali. As for the tracklist, it features a few song names that sound quite familiar (including "Mr. Telephone Man," "U Don't Have To Call" and "Hello") and have us wondering if Badu will be bringing us other familiar takes on some classic Top 40 moments. Oh, and in case you were looking for "Hotline Bling" here, it's been appropriately retitled "Cell U Lar Device." You're welcome.
Erykah also stopped by Power 105.1's ever-popular The Breakfast Club this week to discuss the mixtape, her stint as host of Sunday night's Soul Train Awards, her "Window Seat" video, her collection of past lovers and why Jay Electronica won't be releasing an album until she says so. It's quite an interview, which also includes Jay himself stopping in to issue a playful threat toward co-host Charlemagne Tha God. You can check that and the full tracklist of But You Caint Use My Phone below.
Erykah Badu But You Caint Use My Phone tracklist:
1. Caint Use My Phone Suite
3. Cell U Lar Device
4. Phone Down
5. U Use To Call Me
6. Mr. Telephone Man
7. U Don’t Have To Call
8. Whats Yo Phone Number
10. I’ll Call U Back