Erykah Badu says the real Ms. Jackson had some feelings about the Outkast song
Now that it’s been 16 years and you’ve finally gotten the song out of your head, Erykah Badu revealed what the real Ms. Jackson thought about the Outkast song named after her. Just in case you recently arrived from Mars and have never 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 bought herself a ‘Ms. Jackson’ licence plate. She had the mug, she had the ink pen, she had the headband, everything. That’s who loved it.” Badu, on the other hand, did not like the song. Really, who wants to hear their ex top the charts talking in veiled ways about their relationship? Yeah, that’s what I thought.
“It hit kind of a sore spot,” she said. “I didn’t wanna hear that, especially when I heard Big Boi’s verse.” Badu added, “When I heard Andre’s verse, I felt very good because his verse was really, really inspiring. He just said how he felt and it was his honest feelings.”
It was a pretty grown-ass way to handle it. If you remember, the Big Boi verse is the part about seeing a grandson as a paycheck, and if you want to take it super literally, a tense relationship with a mom not understanding her daughter’s relationship with a guy she doesn’t like (and the daughter not talking to her mother because his dick is well “all up in her mouth”).
Andre’s verses are more about the “puppy love” and how people just fall out of love and away from each other. “Ms. Jackson, my intentions were good,” Andre raps. He adds that he hates thinking of the kid not knowing his dad and wanting to be present for his 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 tough to listen to and her mom was going crazy about being THE Ms. Jackson, a lot of good came out of it. Puppy love might not be forever, but a tight family is.