Erykah Badu’s Bees from “But You Can’t Use My Phone”


On November 27, Erykah Badu released her first new music since 2010 when she dropped her mixtape “But You Caint Use My Phone”, perfectly capitalizing on Drake’s current “Hotline Bling” meme of a song, along with throwing back to her first break-out hit, “Tyrone”.

Check out that album cover. “SAVE THE BEES.” In the intro to “Dial’Afreaq”, the 9th of the 11 tracks (those numbers cannot have been chosen randomly) on the record, she explains,

Scientists found the cause of the world sudden dying population of bees is related to cell phones
The bees sync cell phone signals transmitted when the phones ring
Causing them to emit heavy buzzing noises
This frequency confuses the bees, making them fly erratically
Bees use the earth’s magnetic field as a compass, but their navigation is now compromised by cell phone radiation
Making it impossible for them hoes to find their way back to the hive
It is unlikely that the world will ever, ever, ever relinquish the convenience of cell phones
Plus how we gon’ call Tyrone to help us come get our shit

I’ll get back to that stuff about the bees in a sec, but check out what she said in a promotional interview with the L.A. Times:

What’s interesting is you’re taking a style of music that’s very prevalent right now on urban radio and you’ve taken it further than just minimal beats. But “Trap & b” certainly has a connotation, one that people might look at you say, “She’d never do that.”

I’ll explain it like this. People that see it that way really aren’t seeing. They are assuming. I love Fred Flintstone, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and the Roadrunner — but my children watch it and it doesn’t quite keep their attention. One of the reasons why it doesn’t keep their attention is not because it isn’t brilliantly crafted or phenomenally written or an exquisite body of animation. It doesn’t keep their attention because of the frequency. It’s not vibrating as quickly right now.

On “Live,” the album “Tyrone” was on, I said, “the atoms in the body rotate at the same rate on the same axis that the Earth rotates, giving us a direct connection with the place we call Earth.” Well since then the Earth has sped up — the rotation and the vibration. And so are the children who come through. Their ears are calibrated for a certain frequency, digitally and sonically. And as an analog girl who is very mutable and can adapt to the digital world, I also have evolved with that too. I still am me, but it’s like me talking to you on a rotary phone as opposed to Facetime. It’s still me.

What Erykah is talking about there, whether she consciously realizes it or is just subconsciously intuiting it, is the Schumann Resonance of the planet, which has been speeding up for some time (some say since the ’60s, then a kickstart in 2012, and an exponential leap in June 2014).

But anyway, back to the bees.


There were two studies linking cell phone emissions to the decrease in bee populations; one in India and the other in Switzerland, both from 2010.

CNN reports on the Indian study:

In a study at Panjab University in Chandigarh, northern India, researchers fitted cell phones to a hive and powered them up for two fifteen-minute periods each day.
After three months, they found the bees stopped producing honey, egg production by the queen bee halved, and the size of the hive dramatically reduced.

From the Swiss study (which you can read the entire PDF of below):

In the present study, electromagnetic waves originating from mobile phones were tested for potential effects on honeybee behavior. Mobile phone handsets were placed in the close vicinity of honeybees. The sound made by the bees was recorded and analyzed. The audiograms and spectrograms revealed that active mobile phone handsets have a dramatic impact on the behavior of the bees, namely by inducing the worker piping signal. In natural conditions, worker piping either announces the swarming process of the bee colony or is a signal of a disturbed bee colony.

Props to Erykah Badu for bringing these important issues to the mainstream!


Research Resources:

Dial’Afreaq lyrics

But You Caint Use My Phone review

Erykah Badu L.A. Times interview

Schumann resonance Wikipedia page

Schumann Resonance And The Time Speeding Up Phenomenon

Why Is Earth’s Schumann Resonance Accelerating?

Indian bee study

Swiss bee study


Erykah Badu’s Bees from “But You Can’t Use My Phone”

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