Erykah Badu Not Happy with The Flaming Lips, Releases Statement on "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Video

A few days ago we shared the video for The Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu’s single “The First Time

107 Hypes 0 Comments

A few days ago we shared the video for The Flaming Lips and Erykah Badu’s single “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” which has since been removed as it was an unedited and unapproved version. Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne released a statement earlier today apologizing for the mishaps, which in turn Ms. Badu replied with a lengthy statement of her own.

‎3:33pm dallas
@waynecoyne then… perhaps, next time u get an occasion to work with an artist who respects your mind/art, you should send at least a ROUGh version of the video u PLAN to release b4 u manipulate or compromise the artist’s brand by desperately releasing a poor excuse for shock and nudity that sends a convoluted message that passes as art( to some).
Even with Window Seat there was a method and thought process involved. I have not one need for publicity . I just love artistic dialogue . And just because an image is shocking does not make it art.
You obviously have a misconception of who I am artistically. I don’t mind that but…
By the way you are an ass.
Yu did everything wrong from the on set .
You showed me a concept of beautiful tasteful imagery( by way of vid text messages) .
I trusted that. I was mistaken.
Then u release an unedited, unapproved version within the next few days.
That all spells 1 thing ,
Self Serving .
When asked what the concept
meant after u explained it , u replied ,”it doesn’t mean anything , I just want to make a great video that everyone is going to watch. “
I understood , because as an artist we all desire that. But we don’t all do it at another artist’s expense .
I attempted to resolve this respectfully by having conversations with u after the release but that too proved to be a poor excuse for art.
From jump,
You begged me to sit in a tub of that other shit and I said naw. I refused to sit in any liquid that was not water. But Out of RESPECT for you and the artist you ‘appear’ to be, I Didn’t wanna kill your concept , wanted u to at least get it out of your head . After all, u spent your dough on studio , trip to Dallas etc.. Sooo, I invited Nayrok , my lil sis and artist, who is much more liberal ,to be subject of those other disturbing (to me ) scenes . I told u from jump that I believed your concept to be disturbing. But would give your edit a chance.
You then said u would take my shots ( in clear water/ fully covered parts -seemed harmless enough) and Nayrok’s part ( which I was not present for but saw the photos and a sample scene of cornstarch dripping ) and edit them together along with cosmic, green screen images ( which no one saw) then would show me the edit. .
Instead, U disrespected me by releasing pics and rough vid on the internet without my approval. (Contract breech )
That is equivalent to putting out a security camera’s images of me changing in the fitting room.
I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video .
Our art is a reflection of who we are . I have no connection to those images shot in their raw version. I was interested in seeing an amazing edit that would perhaps change or alter my thoughts . Never happened .
You also did the same thing with the song itself which displays crappy “rough “vocals by me . I let it go , perhaps iiiii was missing something, I thought.
I Should have followed my first mind back in studio when recording the vocals “your way”.
( Red flag.) It was uncomfortable.
For that I am at fault .
Consequently, brother, As a human I am disgusted with your what appears to be desperation and poor execution. And disregard for others . As a director I am unimpressed . As a sociologist I understand your type. As your fellow artist I am uninspired. As a woman I feel violated and underestimated.
Hope it works out for ya ,Wayne.
Really i could give a shit less.
Still love your live show tho.
And , you’re welcomed.
Lesson learned .
By the way I have guested in very few videos. But I have always been given the opportunity to see the edit and contribute to it when my roll is substantial. Not this time .
I guess u feel it better to apologize than ask for permission and be refused . Hey, Love u man, but your ways are not very nice .
O, And on behalf of all the artists u have manipulated or plan to manipulate, find another way .
These things have been said out of necessity.
And if you don’t like it
you can KiSS MY Glittery ASS .
O and Nayrok told me to tell u to kiss her ass too .
Almost forgot.

Ms. Badu (Analog Girl’s Magnetic Strip Club)

We’ll see what comes of this situation and keep you up to date as more information is released.

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

101 Users Online

What to Read Next

Azealia Banks Readies New Mixtape Single "Aquababe"

Azealia Banks Readies New Mixtape Single "Aquababe"

Following the release of her 1991 EP last week, Azealia Banks keeps things moving as she prepares

Kool A.D. featuring Himanshu - Gwyneth Paltrow

Kool A.D. featuring Himanshu - Gwyneth Paltrow

For Kool A.D.’s Himanshu-assisted go over Dre and Kendrick’s “The Recipe,” the Das Racist member

Flo Rida featuring RedFoo - Run

Flo Rida featuring RedFoo - Run

The king of the club, Flo Rida, returns with yet another energetic dance drop, featuring RedFoo of

Michael Jackson - Don't Be Messin' Round

Michael Jackson - Don't Be Messin' Round

With the late, great Michael Jackson’s 1987 album, Bad, set to be re-released this year, a

The ILLZ - Closer

The ILLZ - Closer

Taking a step away from the traditional hip-hop sound, The ILLZ drops off a new track titled

Elvis Presley Soon to Return as Hologram

Elvis Presley Soon to Return as Hologram

After this year’s Coachella performance by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, music fans everywhere knew that

More ▾
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.