Baduizm -1997 "The Next Big Thing"
On February 11, 1997 Erykah Badu released her first album with Kedar entertainment. This was her big break that she had been wishing for her whole life. it seemed that the world took in her and her album well. During the recording, Badu was pregnant with her first child, son Seven Sirius father of former outcast member " Andre 3000". The album was promoted with the release of four singles "On & On" - "Next Lifetime" - "Otherside of the Game" - "Apple Tree". It earned her two Grammy, two soul train awards and was praised by the critics. In 1997 "Baduizm" was described as a traditional, soul vocals staccato, hip-hop rhymes, laid back grooves by "Times Review". The album went multi-platinum and landed her a spot on the billboards chart. . Baduizm had earned badu the leadin artist in the neo-soul genre along with the other new comes such as D'Angelo and Maxwell.