Sorry, John Mayer and Taylor Swift: There’s a new music beef in town.
The messy feud between Erykah Badu and the Flaming Lips has a surprisingly long timeline that dates back to March, when Badu complained to Rolling Stone about the creative process behind the song “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face,” their collaboration off the Lips’ Heady Fwends release.
“I didn’t know what was going to happen,” she said of the supposed collab, during which she was reportedly interrupted by Lips leader Wayne Coyne “29 times.” Continued Badu, “I was like, ‘C’mon man, just let me sing it!’”
But the show went on, and when it came time to produce a clip for the track, Coyne decided to post nude pics of Badu from the video shoot.
And then about a month ago, Coyne and Co. debuted the since-removed NSFW video, much to Badu’s chagrin. She took to her Twitter account to express her displeasure, writing, “I never would have approved that tasteless, meaningless, shock motivated video.”
Apparently looking to avoid negative and perhaps even sexism- and racism-tinged publicity (remember when Adrien Brody kissed Halle Berry without her consent?), the Oklahoma psych-rock vets released the following apology: