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Watch a pre-fame Erykah Badu perform at an open mic night

‘I guess you just gotta take that first leap’: the soul singer celebrates 20 years since her iconic debut album with a performance from when she was a total unknown in 1995

Earlier this month, Erykah Badu’s iconic and influential debut album Baduizm celebrated its 20th birthday. The soul singer has been keeping things nostalgic on social media recently, and today uploaded some old footage of her performing at an open mic night, as The FADER report.

Recorded at Brooklyn’s Moon Café in 1995, the clip features the then-relatively unknown Badu performing a version of “On & On”, which would later appear on Baduizm. Badu posted the footage on Facebook alongside the caption, “I guess you just gotta take that first leap...huh?”

The video is worth watching for Badu’s introduction alone. “Let’s give it up for Erykah... Badoo?” the compère says.

Badu’s latest full-length project was her mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone in 2015.

Watch the video above.