#BlackGirlMagic: Jill Scott and Erykah Badu’s ‘You Got Me’ Flashback

jill-scott_erykah-baduDave Chappelle’s Block Party was a celebration of blackness. It featured the likes of Mos Def, Common, and even a reunion of The Fugees. But one of the most magical moments of the 2005 documentary was The Roots’ performance of “You Got Me” featuring both Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. This performance was the epitome of Black Girl Magic.

“You Got Me” is The Roots’ most memorable songs. In the wave of Neo-Soul and back to basics rap that captivated many during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, The Roots were prolific for their fusion of jazz and soul stylings into their music. “You Got Me” was cowritten by Jill Scott before she was famous, and she was the original vocalist on the song. However, Erykah Badu was chosen to replace her since her name and voice were more recognizable at the time.

So, for the pair to take the stage together to perform the song is iconic in and of itself. But knowing and witnessing are two different things.

Jill Scott starts things off by herself with her soothing tones. Then Badu appears and the crowd goes wild. Things only elevate once the two begin to play against each other, harmonizing, scatting, and just plain blowing minds. This is real music. And, sadly, we rarely (if ever) see anything like this in present Hip Hop and R&B.

In hindsight, the magnitude of moments like these cannot be understated. For all of these legendary names to perform a song together is something that will probably never occur again. And that is why it is so amazing that we have it recorded for all time.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.