When Erykah Badu introduced the Soul Cypher at the 2015 Soul Train Awards, it was a bit of a revolutionary moment. Sure, hip-hop had become known for their cyphers over the years, but we really hadn’t seen one on live tv for r&b. That changed when the eclectic group of Chrisette Michele, Eddie LeVert, Lalah Hathaway, and K-Ci teamed up for a performance.
This year, Erykah Badu brought it back one more. The Soul Cypher included an even more diverse group including Ne-Yo, Tyrese, Gladys Knight, Angie Stone, and Robert Glasper. Each of the participants sang some of their original material while being backed by the beat from Bryson Tiller’s hit “Don’t”.
Check it out for yourself.