In a new interview with the New Yorker, Erykah Badu’s ex-boyfriend, Andre 3000, shares that they were contemplating on whether they should have their son, Seven Benjamin.
Me and Erykah actually had to sit down and figure if we were going to keep this child.
Ultimately, they decided to continue with the pregnancy,
She would hit the stage, I would hit the stage, then we would go back to the hotel and I would be putting shea butter on her stomach.
Read more excerpts from the interview, via Badu’s perspective, below.
Badu also has a daughter, Puma Sabti Curry with rapper The D.O.C. and her third child, a girl named Mars Merkaba Thedford, is with rapper Jay Electronica.
On her life and not considering herself a tradition ‘single mother’:
I have an interesting life. I couldn’t have planned it this way—who would? I’m nowhere near a single mom. I mean, I am, but the fathers are always here.
On being disappointed by the reaction to her later albums, none of which have had as big an impact as her début:
I thought ‘Mama’s Gun’ was my apex. Nobody else thought so.
Being in no rush for another album:
I have to actually steal time to write albums. I have to shoot hooky. My team has to be looking for me. ‘Where are you?’ ‘I’m writing a album!’ ‘What you doing that for?’
On her latest gig, working with one of the consulting producers of the show is Carl Jones, a former producer of “The Boondocks,” whom she is currently dating:
I had to interview alongside all these other composers. Talked all kinds of shit. ‘Deadlines? No problem!’