Erykah Badu Asks Jay-Z To Squash Beyonce Beef, Bey's Publicist Responds

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Erykah Badu performs at All Points East Festival 2023 at Victoria Park on August 26, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

This isn't really a beef per se, but the Neo-soul legend wants the Beyhive to calm down a little bit following her viral accusation.

Erykah Badu felt the wrath of the Beyhive recently after she suggested that Beyoncé copied her look for the COWBOY CARTER album cover. Moreover, any reader with minimal exposure to social media knows that her fanbase is quite ardent, and they clapped back with staunch defense. In fact, this led the Neo-soul legend to call on Jay-Z to call off these attacks, which was probably in quite the joking manner indicating that it's not really that serious. After all, taking inspiration and finding common ground as far as style can be its own form of homage, especially between two titans of Black female artistry.

"To Jay-Z. Say something Jay. You gone let this woman and these bees do this to me?? [laughing emoji]," Erykah Badu tweeted recently. What's more is that Beyonce's publicist seemed to respond as well, posting a video compilation of her many braided looks over the years. "She slays. She slays. Now. Then. Always. #criticswithoutcredentials," Yvette Noel-Schure captioned her Instagram post. It's also worth noting that when Badu made similar claims in the past, the Houston superstar actually responded to them by paying her more tribute and giving her more credit.

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As such, it's clear to see that there is a lot of mutual respect here, even if it's obscured by what many see as an egotistical assumption. Given her status as one of the biggest musical influences of the past 30 years, Erykah Badu knows very well the ground she paved for others. But it's very possible for icons like Beyonce to take that fertile ground and grow their own tree from it while recognizing the roots in open ways. Another example of this, albeit a purely musical and collaborative one, is the "On & On" creative's upcoming appearance on Rapsody's next album.

Meanwhile, with hype for COWBOY CARTER reaching all-time highs, we're sure that the Beyhive will continue to stand up for their leader. Hopefully the next crossover exchanges between the fanbase and other artists are more explicitly appreciative and thankful. The last thing the world needs is for division to affect these indelible entertainers. On that note, come back to HNHH for the latest news and updates on Erykah Badu, Beyonce, and Jay-Z.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.