Erykah Badu shared her version of Drake slow jam “Hotline Bling” Thursday. Titled “HOTLINE BLING BUT U CAINT USE MY PHONE MIX,” the track comes from Badu’s upcoming mixtape BUT U CAINT USE MY PHONE. The 7-minute track was co-written with Seven Benjamin, Badu’s son with André 3000, and includes a lengthy spoken interlude:
You’ve reached the Erykah Badu hotline. If you’re calling for Erykah, press 1. If you’re calling to wish her a happy birthday, Kwanzaa, MLK, Black History Month, Juneteenth, or Hanukkah, press 2. If you’re calling because you just saw her on BET, MTV, or any of the social media outlets and you’re checking to make sure you’re still in good standing, press 3. If you’re calling to beg for some s–t in general, press 4. If you’re calling to beg for the s–t but this is that pre-call before the actual begging, press 5. If you’ve already made the pre-call and this is the actual call to beg, press 6.
If you’re calling to ask for some free tickets in a city near you and know she don’t really f–k with you like that, press 7. If you’re calling to book Erykah to flip the first burger at your company barbecue or to DJ at your little cousin’s Slip ‘n’ Slide party, press 8. If you’re calling to say peace and don’t really fit into any of those descriptions, text me, because I really don’t answer voicemail.
Listen to the full track below.