Neo-soul goddess Erykah Badu was born and raised in Texas, but she's got a few good ties to the Triangle -- most notably two folks from NC Central University. Central alumnus Yahzarah broke in as Badu's backup singer before going solo, while ex-Little Brother deejay 9th Wonder (Pat Douthit) is one of her regular producers.
"He was very humble," Badu said of Wonder in a recent interview. "Very pleasant. Works well with others. The things he does as a producer and as a DJ, he has no problem with showing or teaching. Some people are kind of funny about that, but he was very open. He's nice. Has a good heart."