Happy Wednesday! As some of you may know, it is Soul Music Wednesday! I truly believe soul music provides a spiritual experience for both the listener and vocalist alike. On Wednesdays, I like to share a featured love song and give my feedback on the record. Some of the songs will be old classics and others will be new favorites.
The song featured today is “Tyrone”, sung by the neo-soul goddess, Ms. Erykah Badu. The song was written and produced by Erykah Badu and Norman “Keys” Hurt. “Tyrone” was released in October of 1997 and was released to support her Live album. Here is a link to the song is below…
While the song did not chart on the billboard charts, it was an r&b radio hit. Badu later stated in an interview that the record was “a total freestyle” she made up on the spot. “Tyrone” is an anthem for women, and men too, that are in relationships with “no-good do-nothing” individuals. Oftentimes, people will get comfortable in their relationship and neglect their responsibilities and promises initially made to their partner. A potential life partner should be hardworking, thoughtful, and motivated. The individual Ms. Badu speaks of in the record is none of these things, more specifically, the exact opposite, and she has reached her breaking point.
Another issue the song speaks to directly is putting your friends, who are just as sorry, above your romantic partner. It is important when in a relationship to let your significant other know that they are a priority. Relationships require sacrifice is every sense of the word, and part of that sacrifice includes potential time with your buddies. While it may be difficult at times, it is necessary to show your affection and commitment to your love. It is also important to surround yourself with friends that are positive influences in your life. Your friends should inspire you to be better, as opposed to keeping you stagnant in disappointment and laziness. “Tyrone” is a song that is realer than most and is described as a classic that is still referenced almost 20 years later.