In the three years between Mamas Gun and Badus next release, 2003s Worldwide Underground, the singer-songwriter went on her affectionately dubbed The Frustrated Artist tour to inspire new material for the album. By September 2003, Worldwide Underground, an experimental, atmospheric jam session, was ready for release. Also in 2004, Badus charitable efforts helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the scholarship fund at St.On the CDwhich was recorded in Badus mobile recording studio on her tour bus and features guest appearances by Lenny Kravitz, Caron Wheeler, and Zap Mama Badu would also debut her new production team, FREAQuency (Badu, James Poyser, Rashad Ringo-Tumbling Dice Smith, and R. In keeping with her track record for collaborating with Hip-Hops finest, Worldwide Underground found Badu enjoying critical acclaim for the crunk Danger and Love of My Life Worldwide, which featured femcees du jour Bahamadia, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and soul singer Angie Stone. Phillips School and Community Center in Dallas, Texas.
Propelled by the lead single On & On, the album went multi-platinum, winning her two Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album.
Badu topped Rolling Stones Readers poll for Best R&B Artist, and Entertainment Weekly named her Best New Female Singer of 1997.
And in 2000, she opened her trophy cabinet once again to welcome a Grammy award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for her appearance on You Got Me by The Roots.
These checkpoints only heightened anticipation for Badus second studio album, 2000s Mamas Gun.
I knew I wanted to bring people to their feet from that point on.