Erykah Badu Suggests Beyonce Copied Her With New "Cowboy Carter" Album Cover

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Badu honed in on Beyonce's hair in the special edition cover.

Earlier this week, Beyonce officially unveiled the album cover for her new album. act ii of her RENAISSANCE series is called "COWBOY CARTER" and is due out at the end of the month. The album cover landed with some controversy among Bey's fans. It prominently displays the American flag, something that plays into the album's themes of country music and Americana. Bey must have recognized the controversy as she quickly unveiled the deluxe edition cover which fans seemed to like a lot more.

But even that album cover is proving controversial. Erykah Badu reposted the newly shared album cover to her Instagram story with a caption reading "HMMM." She seems to be suggesting that Beyonce copied her, specifically with her hair which looks quite similar to a look Badu has donned in the past. In the comments though, fans disagree. "It could easily be a tribute to Rick James, Venus and a Serena" one commenter suggests. "Rick James did it first if yall wanna get technical" another agrees. Check out the post Badu made and judge for yourself below.

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Erykah Badu Accuses Beyonce Of Copying Her Hair

Beyonce dropped two singles last month to tease towards the album. While "16 CARRIAGES" was met with fan acclaim and performed quite well, that success paled in comparison to the lead single "TEXAS HOLD EM'." The song hit the number one spot on the Hot 100 and is still inside the top 10 after more than a month. The song has already racked up more than 182 million streams on Spotify.

Earlier this month, Dolly Parton accidentally made a major revelation about the upcoming album. She revealed that there's a cover of her classic song "Jolene" included somewhere on the record. Whether it's a straight up cover or just an interpolation is not yet known. What do you think of Erykah Badu's claim that Beyonce is copying her hair? Do you think Bey was inspired by Badu or by someone else entirely? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.