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Mama Said Knock You Out [Original recording reissued]

LL Cool JAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 27, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1990
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B0000024II
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,355 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LL Cool J's egotism is his m.o., his sex appeal, his greatest strength. He'd been on top of the world since he started scoring hits as a teenager, but anyone who's been in the rap game for five years, as he'd been when Mama arrived, has something to prove. So he came out swinging--literally--with the title track, which claims boxing trash talk as proto-rap and turns it into a declaration of ongoing mastery. Beyond that, Mama, with its ultrahard Marley Marl production, pumps up his love-man rep (the sweetly affectionate "Around the Way Girl" and an even hornier remix of "Jingling Baby") and his ego (pretty much everything else). It's mostly just old-school boasting, but damn if it isn't deserved. --Douglas Wolk

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHILLLLLLL...... (eat em up L) November 29, 2002
By a fan
Format:Audio CD
"Mama Said Knock You Out" definitely came on time for LL Cool J, after his third album "Walking With a Panther" disappointed heavily. LL rose up from that flat album and a battle with substance abuse to make this comeback, which is one of rap's greatest albums. It came right on time, as the album kicks off with the stereo anthem "Boomin' System". Then the ladies lover praises Black women with the smash single "Around the Way Girl". "Mr. goodbar" is the attogant LL at his best, licking his lips and burning machismo. "Murdergram" has him waging war on anybody with the guts to battle him. ("Pass the brass knuckles, lemme break his jaw!") "Cheesy Rat Blues" has L tackling those who are materialistic and only care about money (it's also pretty funny). Then he comes swinging on the title track, one of hip hop's hardest songs. THEN he does the unthinkable. He disses three MC's in one song. He ripps apart Kool Moe Dee, MC Hammer, and Ice-T on "Til' the Break of Dawn", saying to Hammer that "my old gym teacher ain't supposed to rap". Tracks like these prove why LL is a genius in the battle rap. Songs like "6 Minutes" and "Milky Cereal" are downright catchy, but of course you can't forget the ... chorus of "Jinglin', Baby" (They're jingling, baby/Go 'head baby". That song still rocks any party. Those who hate on LL need to just chillllll, and let him do his thing, and this album controls you from the beginning to the end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COOL MAMA! July 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Replete with the 3 R's -- rhyme, rhythm and reason - this album by Mr Cool is distinguished also by its humour. There are lots of very good songs lurking beneath the rap which makes his music palatable even to those not into hiphop. Mr Good Bar contains some hilarious declarations while elsewhere LL proves that rap can be every bit as soulful as, well, soul music. That doesn't mean he's lost his roar - the titl track and Illegal Search are sizzling roots rap pieces bobbing on a funk train. There's also some gospel rap on the last track!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of LL's CDs (not having heard them all) December 22, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit, I was not a big fan of LL Cool J back in the day, with the exception of this album. I had this one on cassette, and I just couldn't stop listening to it. The songs all had a nice rough edge to them, even the more pop numbers. Marley Marl throws down some of his best beats for LL to rhyme over.
First of all, "The Boomin' System" is one of the best songs ever to kick off an album. LL extols the virtues of 12" subwoofers over a track that requires them.
There are plenty of great songs here. "Farmers Blvd." is a great posse cut over a simple, effective piano riff. "Milky Cereal" is a hilarious relationship saga in the style of Coolio's "Ghetto Cartoon" and Ghostface's "The Forest." Of course, Uncle L did it years before either of those two.
Leaving out "Mama Said Knock You Out" isn't doing justice to the album, but everyone knows about that song. What you might not know about is "Jingling Baby (Remixed But Still Jingling)," and my favorite of LL's "I will pimp you no matter what" songs, "Mr. Goodbar."
In an eternal paradox, the Almighty makes his way into LL's lady-pleasing on "The Power of God," and LL gets hassled by the cops on "Illegal Search."
Not having listened to all of LL's albums, I can only claim this one as the best by ignorance. But it's pretty good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LL Cool J's "Sgt. Pepper": A Hip-Hop Must Have!! July 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Mama Said Knock You Out was LL Cool J's fourth studio album. By the time of its release in late summer of 1990, it helped cement LL as a long-term force to be reckoned with in hip-hop. 1989's platinum+ seller "Walking with a Panther" was met with mixed reviews by hip-hop's urban audience. The criticisms were legion: `LL had become too commercial'. `He was clearly being upstaged by rival Kool Moe Dee'. `Hardcore acts like Ice-T and N.W.A. had a bigger street following'. `Political rappers like Public Enemy and KRS-One made LL look out of touch'. The list goes on. Fortunately, LL chose to partner with golden-age production maestro Marley Marl for a remix of the single "Jingling Baby", the success of which helped Def Jam to green-light the MSKYO sessions.

Normally, LL skipped a year between releases, but Panther was just barely over a year old when "The Boomin' System", MSKYO's first official single, was released. Essentially an ode to driving slow with your radio blasting, the single sampled the same James Brown bass riff as was used by En Vogue for their debut hit "Hold On" (the radio mix of "System" duplicated it note for note, while the album version tweaked it slightly). The LP's second single, "Around the Way Girl", was a tremendous urban radio hit, where LL gives props to all his female fans: "I want a girl with extensions in her hair/ bamboo earrings, at least two pair." On "Cheesy Rat Blues", LL pokes fun at his own image, imagining himself as a washed up rapper who finds himself pelted with "my old tapes" when he visits the shopping mall.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the Original Recording Rereleased February 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking for the original recording this is NOT it.

The parts of "The Boomin' System" wherein the lyrics are supposed to be "...pass the Heineken..." and "Roll up a fat one..." are silenced out. The CD is fine other than that; my search continues. <.<
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best LL ever
He's had hits before and since this album, but this is a complete work of art from front to back. Everybody remembers the title track, "The Boomin' System," the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by wen2501
5.0 out of 5 stars Knocked Out & Then Some!
This is definitely LL Cool J's best album by far....bought this classic when it came out in '90 and would bump it everywhere i went.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tony M
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LL COOL J!
Great artist and rhymer. Great buy! i would totally recommend trying one album if you have never heard him. You will love him instantly!
Published 13 months ago by James Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
This is a must have for old heads like me! This is classic hip-hop! A must have! Cars ride by with the booming system!
Published 17 months ago by luv it!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember bumping this...
I was like what 13. And i remember my mom putting in this CD, and hearing Boomin system. Its amazing. I mean you will probably not find an album like this. Read more
Published on July 10, 2008 by J. Reyyashi
4.0 out of 5 stars LL's finest album
Looking over the range of LL's discograpgy, this is probably his finest and most balanced album. It of course rides the sound of its time, charaterized by that "En Vogue" beat in... Read more
Published on July 7, 2008 by Ziontrain
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Cd Ever
When I got my first cd player my dad let me pick out one CD5 that is what they use to call Cd singles. And I choose this one, During the years it got lost. Read more
Published on April 5, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great rap classics
This is the signature album from LL Cool J, who may someday go down in history as the longest surviving and most successful rapper ever. Read more
Published on October 5, 2007 by Glen Zimmerman
4.0 out of 5 stars LL really nailed this one!
Man...I can't tell you how refreshing it's been to listen to a well-written and well-produced Rap album with varied and original subject matter after some of the albums I've heard... Read more
Published on July 16, 2007 by D. Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Would still KNOCK most mc's albums OUT of the park now!!
After the luke-warm reaction to his "Walking With A Panther" album LL went back to his old stomping grounds in an attempt to rejuvenate his talents and come back out stronger. Read more
Published on March 7, 2007 by gavin redmond
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