You know you’re old school (and proud of it) when you realize these youngins a.k.a. ‘millennials’ of today do not know pertinent, common information about some of the biggest music artists of the mid-90s and early 2000’s eras. That’s exactly what just happened after Erykah Badu shared a cool photo of herself and her son’s daddy/Outkast rap legend, Andre 3000, along with their 20 year old son, Seven.
The Photo That Caused Confusion
Above, is the family pic that confused the hell outta millennials recently. Erykah shared it in honor of Father’s Day, to pay homage to her ex-boyfriend. As y’all can see, it looks like Andre 3K spit their son out all by his lonesome…TWINS! But as their resemblance seems the most likely stand-out topic to discuss at first glance of their photo, for millennials it was not.
Many young folks are now expressing confusion online, because they had no clue that Erykah Badu and the Outkast rhyme spitta even knew each other, let alone dated and had a grown son. Below is a small sample of the comments that are surfacing:
dom**fine: They had a child????
fran***aaa: Lmao they got a child together
keeee**.keeeeee: Wow I never knew they had a child together
bacw**dology: I can’t be the only one that didn’t know
Woooow…many of these millennials, really don’t know that one of the most innovative couples in music actually procreated another life together. Like, where were they when these living legends were caressing each other in the “See You Next Lifetime” video? Or even better, when Seven was chillin’ in his mommy’s tummy in her classic “Tyrone” video? On second thought, never-mind, I get it…they were doing the same thing Seven was doing at that time. Nonetheless, a lil’ cultural/musical history ain’t never hurt nobody, just sayin.’ Moving on…
Seven’s College Life
In April (2016), Erykah Badu and Andre 3 Stacks were smiling from ear to ear after their lil man- well, their not so lil man- got accepted into four colleges. Badu tweeted this:
And she also tweeted about Andre, giving him his recognition for carrying his half of the responsibility to groom their son into the responsible young brotha he is today:
They’ve Come A Long Way From Their Painful Past
Although Erykah and Andre 3K’s relationship only lasted for 4 years after a painful break-up, they’re the best of friends now. There was a time when they went through a serious rough patch though, before Seven’s birth.
In an interview with The New Yorker, Erykah and Andre 3K confirmed that although they were crazy in love in 1996/1997, they came this close to almost aborting their pride and joy, Seven. They’re clearly grateful they didn’t go through with the abortion, but at the time, they considered it because Seven was conceived just weeks after Badu’s very first album, “Baduizm,” released and she hadn’t even fully developed a true fan base yet, nor solidified her career. Andre 3K’s career with Outkast and the Dungeon Family was steadily growing and they were traveling to different parts of the country nonstop. But somehow, some way, they made it work and kept their baby. Here’s what was reported:
[Badu] was reminiscing about 1997, the year of her triumphant début. “You know how you get to pick groupies out of the audience, and stuff like that?” she said. “I didn’t get to do any of that.” She had met André Benjamin at a club in New York, and their son, Seven, was conceived in the chaotic weeks after “Baduizm” was released. “Me and Erykah actually had to sit down and figure if we were going to keep this child,” [Andre 3000] Benjamin says. The couple toured through the pregnancy. “She would hit the stage, I would hit the stage, then we would go back to the hotel and I would be putting shea butter on her stomach,” he says.
Andre later rapped about their past relationship and their decision not to abort their son on one of his songs when he said “We’re young, in love—in short, we had fun / No regrets, no abortion, had a son.”