Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun - 2000 Neo Soul - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP

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Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun

Label: Music On Vinyl
Cat#: MOVLP1124
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue,
Country: Netherlands
180 gram audiophile vinyl
Gatefold sleeve
Originally Released: 2000
Released: 18 Jul 2014
Genre: Hip Hop, Funk / Soul
Style: RnB/Swing, Neo Soul


A1 Penitentiary Philosophy
A2 Didn't Cha Know
A3 My Life
A4 ... & On

B1 Cleva
B2 Hey Sugah
B3 Booty
B4 Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)
B5 A.D. 2000

C1 Orange Moon
C2 In Love With You
Featuring – Stephen Marley
C3 Bag Lady

D1 Time's A Wastin'
D2 Green Eyes

Arranged By [Horns] – Roy Hargrove
Art Direction – E.badu, Mickey Whitfield
Coordinator [A&r Project Coordinator] – Kelly Thompson
Coordinator [Additional A&r Coordinator] – Lyonel Rosemond (Kay-K)
Design – Simone/Whitfield
Executive-Producer – Erykah Badu, Kedar Massenburg
Mastered By – Chris Gehringer, Tom Coyne
Photography By – Don Thompson, Robert Maxwell , Sam Bowie
Producer [Associate] – James Poyser
Product Manager – Kelly Thompson
Vocals – Erykah Badu

A true tour de force, Mama's Gun is that rare sophomore album that shows a maturing artist at her best. Erykah Badu's voice was always her main attraction--its unique sound has been compared to Billie Holiday and Chaka Khan.

Here, it's her skill with that voice that shines. Badu shapes her instrument to suit her material (all of it written or cowritten by her). A full range is represented: On faster, danceable tracks like "Booty," she sounds gritty and funky. On softer, more introspective tracks, she shows amazing restraint, letting her voice travel lightly over the notes, allowing the songs' emotions to guide her performance.

The best songs start with "Kiss Me On My Neck", a funky, self-confident jam in which Ms. Badu lays out her requirements for love.

Dallas native Erykah Badu was responsible for the project that pretty much defined out-there, Afro-spiritual R&B. Her debut album, Baduizm, paved the way for neo-soul talents like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott, and was hailed deservedly as the "most innovative and exciting soul debut since D'Angelo's Brown Sugar". With Mama's Gun, Badu takes another giant step into the left-field with less delirious results. Aided by D'Angelo's backing band, the SoulAquarians (Jay Dee, Ahmir "Quest-Love" Thompson and James Poyser), the relationship angst of first track, "Penitentiary Philosophy" is accompanied by truly turgid hard rock.

Thankfully, the rest of the album doesn't harbour ambitions to "rock-out" in an Alanis Morrissette style. The guests include Bilal (Common), Roy Ayers, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Betty Wright and Steven Marley but this is Badu's show. Sonically speaking, Mama's Gun's best tracks--"Cleva", the staccato funk of "Booty", the gorgeous, "A.D.2000", "Orange Moon" and epic closer "Green Eyes" (where she really does sound like Billie Holliday")--are once again a cool hybrid of jazz, blues, soul and hip-hop. Mama's Gun is definitely less immediate than its predecessor and perhaps requires repeated listening to appreciate. However it is hard to escape the feeling that this is Badu by numbers, a well-crafted, though ultimately dull facsimile that aims to capitalise on ground first broken by a focused and fascinating original.

Erykah Badu - Cleva - Live

"Cleva" is a tight bass-heavy jam.
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Erykah Badu - Cleva

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Erykah Badu - Didn't Cha Know

"Didn't Cha Know" is so very fly-only takes one listen to love this groove.

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Erykah Badu - Didn't Cha Know

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Erykah Badu - My Life

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Erykah Badu - Bag Lady

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Condition New
Format 2LP
Label Music On Vinyl