Erykah Badu: Hotline Bling (Drake cover)

Erykah Badu has recorded the most empowering cover yet of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” a song that remembers an ex-lover. There’s much less hurt and confusion in Badu’s extended seven-minute rendition, which was co-written with her 17-year-old son, Seven Benjamin, and perfectly shows off her distinct jazzy, soulful voice. It even includes a mock voicemail (her own hotline) that neatly outlines the reasons why people call her these days: “If you’re calling to beg for some shit, but this is that pre-call before the actual beg, press five.” For more R&B queens rocking out on “Hotline Bling,” be sure to check out Keyshia Cole’s “remix” version as well.