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Mama's Gun

Erykah BaduAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Didn't Cha Know 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Kiss Me On My Neck 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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She grew up listening to '70s soul and '80s hip-hop, but Erykah Badu drew more comparisons to Billie

Holiday upon her breakout in 1997, after the release of her first album, Baduizm. The grooves and production on the album are bass-heavy R&B, but Badu's languorous, occasionally tortured vocals and delicate phrasing immediately removed her from the legion of cookie-cutter ... Read more in Amazon's Erykah Badu Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown
  • ASIN: B00004YKUI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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 "Penitentiary Philosophy" and "Booty," she sounds gritty and funky. On softer, more introspective tracks, like "A.D. 2000" and the single "Bag Lady," she shows amazing restraint, letting her voice travel lightly over the notes, allowing the songs' emotions to guide her performance. The high point of the disc is Badu's duet with Stephen Marley, "In Love with You," easily the sweetest, truest love song of the year. That alone is reason enough to buy the disc--and you won't regret having done so. --Courtney Kemp

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She's "Cleva"... May 25, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After the Multi-platinum, critically acclaimed Grammy success of "Baduizm" and the outstanding performance on "Live", Erykah Badu comes back with her sophomore (third album if you count "Baduizm: Live" as a "studio album") effort. Worth the wait, it seems that Ms. Badu has somehow advanced and matured further, almost giving off an organic vibe. But what exactly is "Mama's Gun"? Erykah Badu describes it as a "weapon", used against weak-will power, negative forces standing in the way, demons, & the ability not to forgive... Basically, when you think of "mama" you think of warmth and protection, and "gun" would be the object used to project.
The best tracks include her lead single "Bag Lady" which might not grab you in at first, but as you listen more, you'll realize how intelligent and straight from the soul it really is. It's one of those hypothetically metaphoric songs Erykah Badu has made so popular. It talks about a woman who got kicked out a relationship and how she has nothing "to hold on" anymore except for bags. "Bags" represent depression and the feeling of wanting the boyfriend back. Erykah Badu almost acts as the "spiritual grandmother", guiding and advising her to "let go of everything" (the "bags") and then proclaims, "All you need to do is hold on to yourself". Simple, yet it depicts such an uplifting message. Another standout track is "My Life", where she sings the line "no turning back". It has a catchy beat and also contains a sample taken from "Paul Revere" by: Beastie Boys. She talks about not giving up when times are hard. "Booty" is an intelligently clever & sexy song where Badu is saying she could get any man, but she "don't want them", and she does it without sounding arrogant. "Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)" has a very addictive chorus.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Good It Is! November 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Eryka (and Kedar) have done it again! Guest appearances include Ahmir Thompson, Ron Hargrove ans Roy Ayers. Steven Marley is melodic on "In Love With You" where he and Erykah go back and forth describing love at its best (lion to lioness). "Orange Moon" is by far one of the best tracks, very mellow and laid back as it appears to describe her sun (son). "Cleva" is a tight bass-heavy jam. "Bag Lady" is a different version than what has been cranked out on the airwaves - a little slower but serves the same message. "Didn't Cha Know" is so very fly-only takes one listen to love this groove. Eryka mixes melody, R&B, jazz, funk & straight blues all together which brings this follow-up album to the forefront of soulful music. Serious airplay needs to be devoted to "Green-Eyes" where Badu describes the little green monster in all of us and how she copes with it. The music is great. "Booty" describes another womans' man that desires her but the feeling is not mutual. There is a great flute player on serval pieces of this project and they deserve some serious credit. This is a must have in any collection and previous fans will appreciate all that it offers.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away by Mama's Gun January 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
While an argument could be made for D'Angelo's "Voodoo" and Jill Scott's "Who is Jill Scott?", Erykah Badu has produced the best album of 2000. I am astonished by the criticism of this project in this forum. Every aspect of this album - production, composition, vocal and instrumental performance, even recording is, dare I say, perfect. Badu and her fellow Soulquarians have transcended the neosoul genre and have produced a classic. I was very curious about how she would follow-up the remarkable "Baduizm" and she exceeded my lofty expectations. Badu plays an extremely important role in the advancement of modern soul music - all hail the queen of neosoul! Frankly, I think the album version of "Bag Lady" is better than the single version - the deeper subtlety is devastaing. And the track listing discrepancy is a non-issue. The correct order is listed on the disk, where it should be. So don't be distracted by whether the tracks are listed correctly or not - this album is a bonafide work of art. The last track on the album - the spectacular multi-movement "Green Eyes" that showcases the remarkable James Poyser on acoustic piano and Roy Hargrove - the Soulquarian trumpet - complimenting Badu's enchanting vocals, is my song of the year. And Seven is an adorable little boy. Enough said. Buy this album and support modern soul.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE SECOND HALF THAT MAKES THIS ALBUM... February 8, 2001
By Knyte
Format:Audio CD
Everyone I know warned me about 'Mama's Gun' - they told me to skip it. I listened to their warnings, but when I heard "Penitentiary Philosophy" I was sold. It's a rock track, with a 70s-ish Sly & the Family Stone/Zeppelin appeal, and it impressed me because it was different. That's what I wanted to hear...something different, so I bought it.
I'm glad I own it, especially because of the second half of 'Mama's Gun'. 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. Then on "A.D. 2000" we get a real quaint, smoothed out, Stevie Wonder styled melody with an ever-so-subtle voice. Next we have "Orange Moon" (my favorite) and we get a perfect mix of jazz, soul, and R&B. "Orange Moon" sounds so sweet, soothing, and romantic - trust me. I'm listening to it right now...(how good it is, how, good it is...)
We then have singer Stephen Marley joining Ms. Badu for a soaring "I'm In Love With You" which is brilliant. The album version of "Bag Lady" is more musical, and her voice at the end of this song (if you really just let it sink in) is soul stirring...and then we get two more tracks, one of which is in three parts, called "Green Eyes" - and it ends the album perfectly.
So, you won't find "Rimshot" on here, or "Next Lifetime" (my favorite track off Baduizm - cuz it's so true...) but I still really enjoy this one. R&B music is really experiencing a great moment right now. If you like this I also recommend Musiq and of course, Ms. Jill Scott. If you can get into some more conventional R&B don't miss Dave Hollister either. Peace!
Andrew Knyte
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Bag Lady," My Favorite
I must say this is some of Erika 's best work.
Published 2 months ago by Yehvonne
4.0 out of 5 stars Just nodding my head to it
Really nice album to listen to. There are lots of neat tracks that Erykah sing on that have a nice jazzy feel to a hip hop stance.
Published 3 months ago by Librowork
3.0 out of 5 stars We are patiently waiting for her greatest hits-CD
We thought this cd would have a lot of her well know and popular songs, and the CD did not have her well known and popular songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tina S.
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Love Erykah and her music. My shipping of this product came at the expected time and I was so looking forward to it!! I have ordered before from Abunda Trade and will be again. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Demetra Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome tracks!!!
This cd is still one of her best ever!!! I can relate and it touches me on a very personal level.
Published 8 months ago by monica kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars just ok
What was I thinking. I only enjoyed about 3 or 4 songs on here. Should have gotten the single. ok
Published 8 months ago by JenitaThompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bag Lady Love....
I absolutely love neo-soul. You can never go wrong with Ms. Badu. I actually had this album when it first came out. This is a re-purchase for me.
Published 10 months ago by Miss Hylton
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
She is a great artist. The CD I awesome. I live it. So nice I play it every week. Nice!
Published 11 months ago by Andria Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
I'd heard a couple of these songs but it's the ones I hadn't heard that earned a five-star rating. No regrets.
Published 13 months ago by Derek H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Badu Badu Badu
Native of my hometown, nice vibe and soul...I love her music---hell I be singing all day and all loud. Read more
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