Buy New

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
$4.73 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details

More Buying Choices Add to Cart
$7.18  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Includes (What's this?)
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Plantation Lullabies

Me'Shell NdegeOcelloAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Price: $6.91 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock.
Sold by Customer Direct and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Monday, April 28? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 13 Songs, 1993 $8.99  
Audio CD, 1993 $6.91  
Vinyl --  
Audio Cassette, 1993 $9.99  

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Plantation Lullabies 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I'm Diggin' You (Like An Old Soul Record) 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. If That's Your Boyfriend [He Wasn't Last Night] [Explicit] 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Shoot'n Up And Gett'n High 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dred Loc 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Untitled 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Step Into The Projects 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Soul On Ice 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Call Me 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Outside Your Door 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Picture Show 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sweet Love 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Two Lonely Hearts (On The Subway) 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

Amazon's Me'Shell NdegeOcello Store


Image of album by Me'Shell NdegeOcello


Image of Me'Shell NdegeOcello
Visit Amazon's Me'Shell NdegeOcello Store
for 25 albums, 7 photos, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

Plantation Lullabies + Peace Beyond Passion + Bitter
Price for all three: $31.73

Buy the selected items together
  • Peace Beyond Passion $7.84
  • Bitter $16.98

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: October 19, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B000002ML4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


In the 1990s, bassist and vocalist Me'shell Ndegéocello took the music world by storm. That storm's winds blew so hard, they threatened to knock down the walls that separate jazz, funk, R&B, and hip-hop. On "Step Into the Projects," from 1993's Plantation Lullabies, Ndegéocello managed a sound that expressed rage, beauty, and coolness with a brand-new vibe - one that carries a vital thread of black music into the future. She was aided by some of mainstream jazz's brightest stars, including saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Geri Allen. Redman, in particular, was so enthralled with her achievements that he donned a journalist's hat to interview Ndegéocello for JAZZIZ's April 1997 cover story.

--- JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright © 2000, Milor Entertainment, Inc. -- From Jazziz

Product Description

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Easiest 5 Stars I've Ever Given June 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have so much to say, that it's hard to find where to begin. I will first start out by saying that I bought MNd's Bitter last year and was blown away. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of purchasing her debut disc "Plantation Lullabies" and needless to say, I was not disappointed at all. The album is immensely beautiful and subsequently has not left my CD player.
From track to track the lyricism, musicianship and artistry is just utterly incredible. What a great introduction from a talented artist. My standouts are Two Lonely Hearts (On The Subway), Picture Show, Soul On Ice, Sweet Love, Diggin' You, the intro, Call Me, Dred Loc, Shoot'n Up & Gett'n High (that song is raw a* funk), If That's Your Boyfriend, Untitled, Outside Your Door (lover's anthem). LOL, did I list every song? Yep.
The funk encapsulated on the disc just makes you want to bust a soul clap, I mean damn, it's funky. I wish I would've purchased this album sooner. I would've had so much fun with it back in those budding high school years. Please don't make the same mistake I did, BUY THIS ALBUM NOW. I will be purchasing Peace Beyond Passion soon, so expect a review.
*List of things to do*: Get Bitter -- CHECK, Get Plantation Lullabies -- CHECK, Get Peace Beyond Passion --WILL DO
Me'shell please release another album. I'm waiting feverishly with my credit card when you do.
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original, Funky and soulful debut July 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
From out of basically nowhere Me'Shell Ndegeocello burst upon the music scene with what i think is an excellent album (hence the 5 star rating)Plantation Lullabies. Plantatiioon lullabies is an excellent album and one of the most original debuts i have heard in a long time. What makes Me'Shell different from other supposed R&B artists is the fact that she entirely doesn't sing, she rhymes them, almost like a spoken word artist. The songs on Plantation lullabies range from the love and desire, I want you song. Im digin you like and old school record, Dreadlocks, and the wonderfully melancholy outside your door. Me'shell also has a very political side which she shows on Plantation on songs like step into the projects and soul on ice. There's even a song about infidelity, from a very different prespective the funky I that was your boyfriend. But what most stands out on Plantation.. is Me'Shell soulful lyrics and funky grooves which make this album a must have for fans of good music.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Digging It Like An Old Soul Record! August 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having only had this CD for a day I still feel as if I've

been hearing 'Plantation Lullubies' for years.Yes I've been

exposed to Me'Shell Ndegeocello's 'Peace Beyond Passion' album

for years but THIS one only just came to my attention.This is

a vibrant patchwork quilt of black music in America,from jazzy

funk to homemade hip-hop-deeply rooted in classic 70's rhythms,

notably on the synth-drenched instrumental title song but also in the bouncy "I'm Diggin' You (Like An Old Soul Record)".Not

only that but Me'Shell comes down stupid HARD on her bass-

attacking each song with a deeply ferocious musicality!Most

of the lyrics focus on the deep-voiced singer/rapper's

favorite subjects-drugs,sexuality and racism and she rails at

the status of each on every brilliant,scathing rap and lyric.

Most of the album flows together in one highly

harmonious groove,without the songs segueing.She also flaunts

her complete creative control over the music-playing many of

the hip-hop and funk licks herself rather then using a computer

and mixing songs with a voice with a couple instrumental.The

emmerging of a brilliant new talent that I hope will one day

be recognized in it's proper context!
Was this review helpful to you?
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky politics, nostalgia, poetry, and commentary December 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
What a great disc. Although I can't say that I agree with ALL that she runs down. But I definitely concur with the vast majority of the knowlege she expounds.
But make no mistake about it... this album is not for the status quo. Despite the great musicianship, and raw honesty only those with some sense of the experience of the artist will be able to appreciate either the lyrics or music without becoming unnerved.
Shootin up and Gettin High and Soul on Ice are the outstanding cuts in my estimation.
A definite purchase!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying Twice! February 16, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm about to replace my copy of "Plantation Lullabies" since my first one seems to have "walked off". This is one of my favorite CD's and a must-have for any serious collector. Me'shell's in-your-face poetry recalls the artistry of Gill Scott Heron and The Last Poets---accompanied by the nastiest bass this side of Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke. I love her spoken word style, my only wish is that she had done a little more actual singing, because she has a great voice.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Erykah. Before Jill. There was Meshell! October 9, 2010
By rmcrae
Format:Audio CD
Long before the phrase "neo soul" was even thought of, a soulful 25 year old from Washington D.C. sparked the movement. A talented bass player, spoken word artist, and singer, Meshell Ndegeocello (meaning "free like a bird" in Swahili) possessed a distinctive voice that was richly husky yet feminine. After signing with Madonna's label Maverick, her debut Plantation Lullabies was released in the fall of 1993.

The spacey Prince inspired title track flows into I'm Diggin' You (Like an Old Soul Record), a funky trip down memory lane to the good ole days when "everything was cool". The unapologetic sass of If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night) is a kiss off to an angry girlfriend who confronts Meshell for creepin' with her man. The singer's unfazed and even taunts her with a chant of "Boyfriend, boyfriend/Yes, I had your boyfriend" that's downright nasty, but fun to sing along to at the same time. Who knew?

Tracks like Shoot'n Up and Gett'n High and Soul on Ice address political, social, and racial issues. The former angrily swipes at racism found in the media and everyday life while the latter gives the side eye to interracial relationships built on status rather than love ("Excuse me, does the white woman go better with the Brooks Brothers suit?"). The hip hop based, jazz inflected Step Into the Projects takes an honest view of inner city life and the spoken word set Untitled praises self-love.

Now back to the love songs. Meshell sings passionately of a lover on the free flowing sensuality of Dred Loc and the rubbery go-go strings of Call Me encourage him to "dial the 7 digits" and call her up if he's ever in need of her presence. Picture Show is a bouncy, colorful desire of a "hopeless romantic" to just hang out with a new love interest.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth Sounds
This chick is laid back and cool! Listen to this CD for mellow sounds with a throaty expression. Take it in slowly.
Published 4 months ago by Bargain Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented Artist
This is a classic piece that was well before it's time! Listen to her words and apply to what many Spoken Word Artist are saying today!
Published 13 months ago by LG
5.0 out of 5 stars Plantation Lullabies
I love this Cd. Its enjoyable from start to finish. Every song is unique and has an interest subject ,providing food for thought! Meshell Ndegocello is a creative artist. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MissK
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I'm old school, and rap is not my thing, but Meshell lays down such a mean jazz/funk groove to go with her sexy voice and provocative lyrics, I'm in!
Published 14 months ago by James Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Show Of Many Pictures
I'm not 100% sure about this but I have this feeling Me'Shell NdegeOcello was one of the Maverick record labels earliest signings. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andre S. Grindle
4.0 out of 5 stars only for mature listeners
I was very excited to recieve and listen to this cd! Although ive been a fan of Ms. Ndegocello for years I have never owned any of her music except for singles on my Ipod. Read more
Published 21 months ago by peaches montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Her first, her best!


* Diggin You
* Dred Locs
* Outside your... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by High Desert Woman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soulful Journey...
Me'Shell Ndegeocello's "Plantation Lullabies" is a soulful journey into her funk, hip-hop, and bluesy world. Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Perfect
I still love this album after all these years. I am glad many in here feel the same.
Published on March 1, 2009 by Simo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Awesome CD from beginning to end. Reminds you of ol' school love/soul music! Great energy.
Published on February 19, 2009 by S Muse
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Look for Similar Items by Category

Customer Direct Privacy Statement Customer Direct Shipping Information Customer Direct Returns & Exchanges