Erykah Badu accepted Soul Train’s highest honor last month. One thing missing from her tribute was performances from admiring artists — until now. Nao hopped behind a mic to cover Badu’s “Bad Lady” for beautiful in-studio performance.
Backed by a soft electric guitar and minimal hand claps, Nao keeps the melody of the baggage heavy track intact while adding her own “wonky funk” flare.
“[Saturn] takes you on a journey through my own personal experiences with that: the breakup, the loss of home, feeling ungrounded, losing my sense of self, going to a dark place—like on ‘Make It Out Alive,’ wondering how I’d get out of this feeling—but as you go through the album it begins to get a bit more hopeful,” she explained to Keryce Chelsi Henry of Forbes. “So, the album is based on my growing up and loads of self-discovery that all exploded from this one moment from separating from this person I had been with for a long time.”
Watch her soul cover below.