Cell U Lar Device

Album: But U Cain't Use My Phone (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • In early October 2015, Erykah Badu released a remix to Drake's single "Hotline Bling," which she originally recorded for her tour manager, Big Mike's, birthday. Inspired, she recorded a whole mixtape based around the song's telephone concept titled But You Caint Use My Phone (a play on her 1997 hit "Tyrone"). This is the original remix she recorded, now with the new title, "Cell U Lar Device."

    Badu recalled the story of the mixtape to Abu Dhabi Media's The National: "I first did a remake of Drake's Hotline Bling, because I thought it was an awesome song. I actually did it for Big Mike's birthday. Big Mike's my tour manager. That's his favourite song, as well as a lot of other people's, too. And it came out good. And I just stayed in that studio, in the bedroom, and I just kept writing songs, making songs. And about ten days later, I had this mixtape."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Little RichardFact or Fiction

Was Long Tall Sally a cross-dresser? Did he really set his piano on fire? See if you know the real stories about one of rock's greatest innovators.

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Songwriter Interviews

The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.

Corey HartSongwriter Interviews

The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."

Amy GrantSongwriter Interviews

The top Contemporary Christian artist of all time on song inspirations and what she learned from Johnny Carson.

Modern A Cappella with Peder Karlsson of The Real GroupSong Writing

The leader of the Modern A Cappella movement talks about the genre.

90210 to Buffy to Glee: How Songs Transformed TVSong Writing

Shows like Dawson's Creek, Grey's Anatomy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer changed the way songs were heard on TV, and produced some hits in the process.