Erykah Badu and Summer Walker get 'super superpersonal' over the paranormal for 'Rolling Stone'

Summer Walker tells Erykah Badu that she crashed her last car while watching a Drake video.
November 23, 2020 3:00 p.m. EST
November 25, 2020 11:07 a.m. EST
Weeks after Summer Walker shared a selfie with her living music icon Erykah Badu, the meetup's reasoning has been revealed. The "Girls Need Love" singer and Badu met in person for the first time for a Rolling Stone photoshoot at Badu's home.The pair, who talk on the phone for hours, interviewed each other for the Digital Exclusive Rolling Stone issue of Musicians on Musicians. Kennedi Carter photographed the cover, and Badu styled the entire shoot.Badu started the interview off by asking if Walker was super social or "a hermit like me?" Walker, who has been very open about her social anxiety battle, said that she is a "super-duper introvert" because she doesn't understand human interaction. "I don't get it. So I just stay in the house," she added.The "Tyrone" singer told Walker that she used to think she was the odd man out "or the strange person in the group" because she couldn't relate to many of the emotions that other people had. She related with Walker because Badu never gets "hyper-emotional about things," and it made her feel odd because "it's such a hyper-emotional world," so she created her own space and her own world to deal with it.
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The First Lady of Neo-Soul asked Walker if she would ever live off-the-grid, and the 24-year-old singer replied, "Yes and no. I'm scared because it gets weird out there. But something like that, yeah. Solar-power everything, and my own plants. I want to make all my own soaps and lotions."

"Have you ever seen a UFO?"

The pair bonded over the paranormal, and Badu asked Walker if she could ask a "super superpersonal" question about if she'd ever spotted a UFO. "No. Thank God. Honestly, I would shit myself. I've seen some things that were unidentified in the sky, but not going to call it anything," Walker said. Badu said that she is just trying to figure out why she isn't good enough to be abducted or visited by extraterrestrials and asked, "What do I have to do?" Well, Erykah, you could always hang out with Tom DeLonge from Blink-182. He tends to attract extraterrestrials.Badu admitted that she was making light of the situation because she knows how traumatic of an experience it can be to many people. "I've had a few friends that have had those types of experiences, and I've come to the conclusion that perhaps they have a gift. They have the ability to produce more of the DMT hormone, so they're able to tap into those other realms," Badu said.Walker declared that aliens are all around us and they're shape-shifters, so anyone could have seen them and had interactions with them, but they just wouldn't know. The "On & On" singer told Walker that she made her feel better by saying that she was starting to think that aliens were just racist.Discussion on the phone conversation turned to the fact Badu was in her car, and Walker shared that she actually crashed her last car while she was "watching a Drake video." Walker said that Drake "went to visit this little girl in the hospital, and I thought it was so sweet, and then I smacked into a wall."[video_embed id='-1']RELATED: UFO light orbs in formation caught over Texas[/video_embed]Badu moved the conversation along and asked Walker to tell her about how she became a recording artist. "I was singing since I was very young, but just for fun. I just started taking this seriously. It's been two years," admitted Walker. She also told her music icon that she writes all her own songs until her latest project where her on-again-off-again boyfriend (and super-producer) London on da Track wrote some because it "got a little more upbeat pop stuff in there. But that heartfelt stuff is me."What's an interview in 2020 without touching on the elephant in the room—COVID-19. Badu asked Walker to use five adjectives to describe how she's been feeling during Covid. "Upset, disappointed, anxious, while still productive and grateful," Walker answered and explained that she is grateful that she has "resources to be able to keep up with my immune system, go buy herbs and expensive medicines and vitamins and food."

Being the boss

Walker touched on how she deals with being an introvert and a boss at the same time when it comes to her career. She said that she's soft-spoken so she feels that people don't take her seriously when she tells them what "we're going to do or what we're not going to do." She added that she has to enforce things but she doesn't want to be mean. Badu gave her some advice as she grows in the music industry: "You keep going, you’ll become the bitch that you need to be. You just keep going. It’s difficult to be a woman and a Black girl who’s a boss, who’s trying to be the controller of her world."She told Walker that if she feels it and she's intuitive about it, "go forward with it," and added another important piece of advice: "Don't take your foot off they neck."Walker told Badu that when she used to watch her perform, she would think, "Oh, my God, look at this confidence. The way that you would command a room, command either your band or your space, Woman to woman, I want to be like that," she said, adding that when she walks into a room "real small" and still tries to be the boss that she has to be.Walker said she can't wait to get to that point of confidence that Badu has but the "Love of My Life" singer said it's a learned skill. " It will happen. It just happens naturally. You just get tired enough," Badu told her, adding that they aren't trying to win the award for being the nicest person in the room.

Summer's fairy godmother

The R&B singers bonded over teaching themselves to play guitar and their journey as singers. Walker was very interested in Badu's friendship with André 3000. "He just left Dallas, actually. He came down for my grandma's memorial. He's one of my best friends on the planet. When we became boyfriend and girlfriend in the '90s, we didn't become friends first," Badu told her. "We were attracted to each other first. We had stuff in common, but we didn't learn all of that until over the years." She said they have a 23-year-old son, and over the years, they just became closer and closer "as friends, as humans, as man, as woman." Badu said she's a huge fan of André's work, and she assumes he's also a fan of her music (who isn't?). Badu also said that their son adopted his dad's energy, and they are both nonjudgemental people.Walker thanked her self-proclaimed "fairy godmother" Badu for saying that she "shall have everything that is for you" and that the "universities will conspire with the wombniverse to make these things happen for you because you deserve them and you shall have them."Walker, who recently revealed that she's pregnant, posted a selfie with Badu on November 3 and captioned it, "Welp, my life is complete now lol I feel like all the hard work I put in has officially paid off. What an experience." Badu is a certified doula, and she delivered Teyana Taylor's second child, Rue Rose, in September. I think it's safe to say that Badu could be set to deliver Walker's baby when she's due. A dream come true to the "Over It" singer.
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Fans of both singers took to Twitter to celebrate the digital cover of Walker and Badu. Now we will just patiently wait on a collab album, or we'll even settle for a single with both of their unique vocal styles.[video_embed id='-1']BEFORE YOU GO: Watch how this dog reacts when you take his place on the couch[/video_embed]

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