[Chorus: Erykah Badu] Hello, hello, hey, hello, hello Hello, hello, hey, hello, hello Hello, hello, hey, hello, hello Hello, hello, hey, hello, hello Hello, hello, hey, hello, hello Hello, hello, hey, hello, hello Hello, hello, hey, hello, hello [Verse 1: André 3000] 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 I seem to wanna talk more and more 'bout what really matters I've seen my aura hop out my torso and hit her backwards Flip watchin' you skip down my corridor, fuck a ballad Don't need shit on the side no more, all entreé, fuck a salad I often have awesome thoughts of tossin' this softer palate So when we fall any wall, any stall, any crawl, any pause Any scar, any tar, any dark will dissolve, kill them all Build-a-bear, build them all, build it where it won't fall Give it all, give it my all, yeah Don't wear any drawers, any bra, anymore, in it raw, isn't it raw? I'm in awe, I'm involved, common law, cummin' on stomach wall Kermit frog jump off London fog Bridges in the midst of callgirls my woman calls Unicorn, you my porn [Bridge: André 3000] I don't know I don't know I don't know, I don't know, I don't know I don't know Will this bitch click over for me? The word people used back then was “neo-soul,” but nowadays it seems appropriate to omit the “neo”—not because her music has grown more old-fashioned but because it has grown harder to categorize, and maybe even easier to enjoy.
Badu, who is forty-five, has lived in Dallas all her life.But she spends a considerable part of every year on the road, as has been her custom since 1997, when she released her début album, “Baduizm,” which sold millions of copies, earned her a pair of Grammys, and made her one of the most celebrated soul singers of the modern era. I don't know I don't know, I don't know I don't know, I don't know, I don't know I don't know Is this bitch gettin' over on me? The remaining verses are the duo’s version of The Isley Brothers‘ 1974 song “Hello It’s Me.” The song was originally recorded by rock singer Todd Rundgren in 1972.
“Hello” gives us André’s first verse of 2015, and only his fourth since 2012. Badu and 3 Stacks – the ex-lovers also worked together to make “Humble Mumble”, and their son Seven.