In a particularly good time for greeting-titled singles, Erykah Badu has followed Adele with the release of a stellar new song, “Hello.” The 44-year-old artist recruited Andre 3000 for the track.
A cut off of Badu’s new mixtape But You Cain’t Use My Phone, “Hello” follows the theme of telephones. Putting her own spin on The Isley Brothers’ “Hello It’s Me,” Badu croons, “Hello, it’s me, it’s me, baby / I thought about us for a long, long time / Maybe I think too much but something’s wrong / Something that said it doesn’t last too long, too long / Maybe I shouldn’t think of you as mine, mine, mine, mine, mine.”
Outkast alum Andre joins the track, rapping, “Okay, challenge / Leave your phone unlocked and right side up / Walk out the room without throwin’ your bitch off balance / It’s either on or off, ain’t no in between when it’s valid.”
The collaboration is a rare new release from the two famed performers. But You Cain’t Use My Phone is Badu’s first full-length collection since 2010’s New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). Andre 3000, meanwhile, has jumped on one-off singles in recent years, but counts his last full-length studio album as the 2003 Outkast record, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Take a listen to “Hello” above.