The mixtape’s title is a reference to the singer’s 1997 classic “Tyrone”, while each of its tracks is about telephones in some way, specifically “our own reliance on staying inter-connected.” The collection features the previously released “Phone Down” and Badu’s “Hotline Bling” remix, here renamed as “Cell U Lar Device”.
According to a press release, for the tape, Badu worked closely with producer Zach Witnessin in her hometown of Dallas, Texas. Over a 12-day period, she welcomed a number of surprise guests, including André 3000 and Drake, into her bedroom studio to help create a new genre blend she has dubbed “TRap & B”. Badu and Witnessin focused on creating “sympathetic vibrations” between the music’s frequency and vibration, even utilizing a tuning fork and Tibetan singing bowls to find the precise wavelengths. The goal was to create “a sound that brings peace and tranquility to its listener.”
The mixtape will be available via all retailers and streaming services come December 4th.
But You Caint Use My Phone Tracklist:
01. Caint Use My Phone Suite
03. Cell U Lar Device
04. Phone Down
05. U Use To Call Me (feat. Drake)
06. Mr. Telephone Man
07. U Don’t Have To Call
08. Whats Yo Phone Number
10. I’ll Call U Back
11. Hello (feat. André 3000)