Tom Sinclair
August 20, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Southern Gul

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Erykah Badu
Producers
Motown Records

We gave it a B+

This spare little ditty may be the most charming evocation of rural simplicity since Leiber and Stoller’s ”Down Home Girl.” Over a percolating groove, Badu offhandedly drops rhymes like ”I’m countrified/Everything I eat is fried.” The net effect is as irresistible as a mess of ham hocks and collard greens simmering in a cast-iron pot. Well, almost.

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