Now that it’s been 16 years and you’ve ultimately gotten the song out of your head, Erykah Badu revealed what the real Ms. Jackson believed about the Outkast song named after her. Just in case you lately arrived from Mars and have never ever heard it, the 2000 song goes, “I’m sorry, Ms. Jackson, I am for real / Never meant to make your daughter cry / I apologize a trillion times.” Andre 3000 had broken up with Badu and was addressing her mother, which is at least somewhat thoughtful since she is the grandmother of his son, Seven Sirius Benjamin, who was 7 years old at the time.
Badu said that her mom was thrilled with the shoutout. She said on a Rap Radar podcast, “Baby, she purchased herself a ‘Ms. Jackson’ licence plate. She had the mug, she had the ink pen, she had the headband, every little thing. That is who loved it.” Badu, on the other hand, did not like the song. Really, who wants to hear their ex leading the charts speaking in veiled techniques about their partnership? Yeah, that’s what I believed.
“It hit sort of a sore spot,” she mentioned. “I didn’t wanna hear that, specially when I heard Huge Boi’s verse.” Badu added, “When I heard Andre’s verse, I felt very good since his verse was really, truly inspiring. He just mentioned how he felt and it was his honest feelings.”
It was a pretty grown-ass way to handle it. If you keep in mind, the Large Boi verse is the portion about seeing a grandson as a paycheck, and if you want to take it super literally, a tense connection with a mom not understanding her daughter’s connection with a guy she doesn’t like (and the daughter not speaking to her mother because his dick is nicely “all up in her mouth”).
Andre’s verses are more about the “puppy love” and how folks just fall out of love and away from every other. “Ms. Jackson, my intentions were good,” Andre raps. He adds that he hates pondering of the kid not knowing his dad and wanting to be present for his very first day of school and graduation (which, by the way, he was. Their son, now 19, graduated high school last spring and was accepted into four colleges.)
So, even if the song was challenging to listen to and her mom was going crazy about being THE Ms. Jackson, a lot of excellent came out of it. Puppy really like may well not be forever, but a tight loved ones is.