Summer Walker’s “CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE” EP Earns Erykah Badu Comparisons

J. Cole and Childish Gambino are both featured on the 9-track project.

BYHayley Hynes
Summer Walker’s “CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE” EP Earns Erykah Badu Comparisons

Summer Walker and Erykah Badu have a bond that runs deep. Not only are they both beautifully talented R&B stars in their own right, but their chosen career paths have also allowed them to connect in a far deeper way. The birth of the Atlanta native's twins a few months ago was actually overseen by "The Healer" herself, who shared plenty of thoughtful words about her experience acting as Walker's doula alongside her own daughter, Puma Curry. While they have yet to actually collaborate together musically, it seems Badu's energy is rubbing off on her young friend, as her influence is all over the latter's new CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE EP.

The project is a long-awaited sequel to 2019's CLEAR, on which she shared four featureless tracks with fans. The mother of three spiced things up this time around, recruiting J. Cole to kick things off with "To Summer, From Cole - Audio Hug," as well as Childish Gambino, who offered up his help on "New Type." The other seven titles are handled by Walker alone, though she did have Solange Knowles and Steve Lacy's help with production on the final title, "Agayu's Revelation."

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Summer Walker's CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE is Here

In the hours since CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE hit DSPs, fans have been consistently drawing comparisons to Badu on social media. Many of them are positive, writing messages like, "Summer Walker really Erykah Badu Goddaughter. Love this sound sm," and "[This] is what I didn't know I needed." Others, however, are unimpressed by the Still Over It songstresses' copycat vibes. "Summer Walker on Erykah Badu beats with these dumb ass lyrics is pissing me off," one Twitter user ranted on Friday (May 19) morning.

"I got mixed feelings about this Summer EP. I do appreciate the Erykah Badu inspo and shit… But we need Summer Walker, not Summer Badu," another person expressed, noting that they hope the project eventually grows on them with time.

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Twitter Brings Up Erykah Badu Comparisons

Keep scrolling to read more mixed Twitter reactions to the new 9-track EP. Have you streamed Summer Walker's CLEAR 2: SOFT LIFE EP yet? If not, check it out here, and let us know in the comments which of the R&B darling's new songs is your favourite.


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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.