But You Caint Use My Phone

Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2015 Ratings: #241
November 27, 2015 / Release Date
Mixtape / Format
Motown / Label
Neo-Soul, R&B / Genres
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Badu has always been ideally positioned between the reverence of classic soul and the irreverence of hip-hop. And on But You Caint Use My Phone she taps into her own language and influence along with everyone else's.


What’s most charming about But You Caint Use My Phone is how unpretentiously Badu comports herself, ever-mindful that one of her most special qualities as a vocalist remains her ability to entwine the resilient with the goofy.


Despite the continuing theme the mixtape is no way disappoints, exuding a level of excitement and appreciation of a body of work that Erykah display’s both through music and her own style.


But You Caint Use My Phone is a fantastic collection of songs, and while Badu has dubbed the release a mixtape, it's as strong, cohesive and consistent as any proper soul LP put out in recent memory.

Pretty Much Amazing

It’s a funny and effortless mixtape. But there are little glints of excellence—parts of songs, particular grooves—that make it a substantial entry into the Erykah Badu canon.

Consequence of Sound

On But You Caint Use My Phone, Badu achieves an intimacy and warmth that makes you feel that it’s best to bare your emotions on your sleeve.

Rolling Stone
Her new mixtape ... may be initially frustrating to those longing for a real album (and real, full songs), but it’s full of rewards for deep listening.
nao acredito que erykah badu inventou o sistema de comunicação por telefone celulares
Fav tracks: Caint Use My Phone (Suite), Cel U Lar Device, Phone Down, I'll Call U Back, Hello
Least fav track: Dial'Afreaq
Considerada um dos nomes chaves para revolução que aconteceu no soul music/R&B nos meados dos anos noventa e começo dos anos dois mil, Erykah Badu pode se dar ao luxo de ser uma artista, digamos, excêntrica. Tão excêntrica que pode ser considerado normal o lançamento do seu mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. Não que seja algo extraordinário um artista lançar um mixtape, mas o conteúdo desse trabalho é: But ... read more
A playful mixtape, coping with the telephone, that flows so loosely because it has nothing to prove.
Great job here. Her first mixtape and a beautiful and ironic conceptual work. Her modernism is becoming, each time, more rewarding and her artistic vein much more alive.
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Track List

  1. Caint Use My Phone (Suite)
  2. Hi
  3. Cel U Lar Device
  4. Phone Down
  5. U Use to Call Me
  6. Mr. Telephone Man
  7. U Don’t Have to Call
  8. Medley: What’s Yo Phone Number / Telephone
  9. Dial’Afreaq
  10. I'll Call U Back
  11. Hello
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Added on: November 27, 2015