Erykah Badu stunned many a music fan when she revealed to the podcast Rap Radar that OutKast’s 2000 song “Ms. Jackson” is about her relationship with Andre 3000. The smash single, which reached No. 1 in the U.S., is meant to be an apology from Andre to Badu and her mother.
Erykah and Andre dated in the late ’90s and they share a son, Seven Sirius Benjamin, who is now 19. The song was written after the couple broke up.
Recalling the first time she heard the track, Badu said: “I was working on Mama’s Gun at the item and James Poyser busted into the door. ‘Have you heard “Ms. Jackson” yet?’ I was like, ‘No, I haven’t.’ Then he started playing it. And I still had kind of sore spot. I didn’t want to hear that, especially when I heard Big Boi’s verse. Then when I heard Andre’s verse, I felt very good because his verse was really, really inspiring. You know, ‘Me and you daughter got a special thang going…” He just told how he felt and it was his honest feelings. I always respected that. And listening to what he felt, appreciated it. So I liked it.”
Lyrics from Andre’s verse include: “Me and your daughter got a special thing going on / You say it’s puppy love, we say it’s full-grown / Hope that we feel this, feel this way forever / You can plan a pretty picnic / But you can’t predict the weather, Ms. Jackson.”
“But how did my momma feel? Aww baby she bought her a Ms. Jackson license plate. She had the mug. She had the ink pen. She had the headband. Everything. That’s who loved it,” Badu said. Who knew??