This comes from one of the first reviews of the album.

Erykah Badu NEW AMERYKAH pt. 1 the BREAKDOWN!:

“”Telephone” – last track of the album inspired by a story Dilla’s mother told Badu. Evidently during his final days, Dilla would float in and out of coherence, having very real conversations with people no one else could see. One of these people, as Dilla told his mother, was ODB. Dirty was telling Dilla that when he gets to the other side not to get on the red bus, though it was inviting. The white bus would be the one to pick him up. Great, beautiful song. Lyric: “Telephone! It’s Old Dirty. He wants to give you directions home.” Only Badu could make ODB sound like a visionary guide through the afterlife. When people say funerals are celebrations of an individual’s life (as they fight back tears and look anything but celebratory), this song makes you believe it. The track closes with the uplifting words “Celebrate tonight” repeated.”

I’ll up the track as soon as I have it.

Erykah Badu – Telephone

Here’s the track.

Source: Okayplayer (via)

One comment

  1. damn, thats kind of a freaky story, lol. Leave it to ODB to be the one to come and guide hip hop to heaven!

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