Mama's Gun CD (2000)

Artist: Erykah Badu

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A two-time Grammy winner, Erykah Badu also has two multi-platinum albums to her credit. Her debut album, Baduizm, featured the hit ³On and On² while her live album, Erykah Badu Live, featured the huge hit ³Tyrone.² Her new album, MAMA'S GUN, features the first single "Bag Lady."


Label Uni/motown
SKU 60445400
UPC 601215325928
UPC 14 00601215325928
Format CD
Release Date 11/21/2000
Author Erykah Badu
Associated Artist/Work Smooth Jazz All Stars
Associated Artist/Work The Smooth Jazz All Stars
Artist Influence Aretha Franklin
Artist Influence Bessie Smith
Artist Influence Betty Davis
Artist Influence Betty Wright
Artist Influence Bill Withers
Artist Influence Billie Holiday
Artist Influence Chaka Khan
Artist Influence Curtis Mayfield
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Minnie Riperton
Artist Influence Nina Simone
Artist Influence Roberta Flack
Artist Influence Roy Ayers
Artist Influence Sade
Artist Influence Stevie Wonder
Artist Contemporary Alicia Keys
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Artist Follower Alicia Keys
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Technical Info
CatalogID 1532592
Lable Name Motown
Released 11/20/2000
Original Release 2000
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 71m : 50s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00601215325928
Musical Guests
Roy Ayers
Roy Hargrove
Betty Wright
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Erykah Badu (vocals, acoustic guitar, whistle, synthesizer); Jef Le Johnson (acoustic & electric guitars); Dready (acoustic guitar, bass); Pino Palladino (electric guitar, bass); Russell Elevado (guitar); Igor Swzec, Emma Kummrow, Charles Parker, Gregory Teperman, Charles Kwas, Olga Konopelsky (violin); Davis Barnett, Peter Nocello (viola); Larry Gold (cello); D'Wayne Kerr (flute); Jacques "Pepe" Swarzbart (saxophone); Roy Hargrove (trumpet); Frank "Roots" Lacy (trombone); James Poyser (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, organ, ARP synthesizer, Mini-Moog synthesizer); Geno "Junebugg" Young (Fender Rhodes piano); Bilal Oliver (Fender Rhodes piano); R.C. Williams, Shaun "Fingers" Matin (keyboards); Roy Ayers (vibraphone).
Producers include: Erykah Badu, James Poyser, Jay Dee, Jah Born, Shaun Martin.
Engineers include: Chris Bell, Russell Elevado, Tom Soares.
"Bag Lady" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song.
"Didn't Cha Know" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.
Personnel: Erykah Badu (vocals, background vocals); Charles Parker , Emma Kummrow, Gregory Teperman (violin); Peter Nocella (viola); Larry Gold (cello); Roy Hargrove (trumpet); Shaun Martin (keyboards); Questlove (drums); Leonard "Doc" Gibbs (percussion); Geno "Junebugg" Young, YahZarah (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Russell Elevado; Tom Soares; Leslie Brathwaite.
Photographer: Don Thompson .
R&B diva Erykah Badu's long-awaited second studio release finds her incorporating pronounced jazz influences into her history-cognizant mixture of hip-hop and soul. Jazzy touches, from the vibes on "My Life" to the ballad "Orange Moon," with its languid upright bass and bop-schooled piano, abound. Jazz trumpeter extraodinaire Roy Hargrove was responsible for all the horn arrangements on MAMA'S GUN.
"Booty"'s Crusaders-style horns and loose, funky rhythm nod to mid '70s R&B, and the guitar lines on "Bag Lady" could have come off a vintage Marvin Gaye album. With its delicate acoustic guitar textures, lush background vocals, and '70s-style keyboards, "A.D. 2000" occupies a classy middle ground between Sade and HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS-era Joni Mitchell. The album closes with the adventurous, suite-like "Green Eyes." The first section of the song finds Badu crooning in a '30s jazz-blues style over crackles that emulate a scratchy old 78. The second "movement" grows jazzier, led by flute and punctuated by acoustic bass lines and brush-strokes on the drums. The final section bears a more modern R&B feel, with syncopated rhythms and a carefully arranged horn section. Ultimately, Badu's self-description of an "analog girl in a digital world" proves highly apt on MAMA'S GUN.
Artist Overview
The millennium may have gotten off on a very glitzy note (both musically and image-wise), but such up-and-coming female urban artists as Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray, and Erykah Badu made sure that soul and hip-hop retained some of their natural roots. Most are quick to label Badu as a hip-hop artist, but her classic R&B leanings show that there is much more than meets the eye to the Billie Holiday-influenced Badu's formidable talent.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/4/01, p.106) - Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone's Top 10 Albums of 2000 - "...She takes chances the way Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone did in their prime....she has taken her art to the next level..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/24/00, p.81) - "...A '70s soul homage featuring live musicians and a smooth-funk sound that wouldn't be out of place on a CTI record....Badu has a nuanced voice that pokes through the bland surfaces..." - Rating: B-
Uncut (2/01, p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Warm jazz textures, slinky beats, smoking grooves and hip hop lite. Badu's silky tones are as seductive as ever..."
Muzik (2/01, p.79) - 5 out of 5 - "...The freshest, most inspirational set of new grooves on the planet..."
CMJ (1/08/01, p.9) - Included in CMJ's "Best of the Year" for 2000.
CMJ (12/11/00, p.4) - "...A sultry concoction of mild jazz and soft '70s marked by an all-around reverence for 'retro'....demonstrating her true artistry."
Disc 1
1 Penitentiary Philosophy
2 Didn't Cha Know
3 My Life
4 & On, ...
5 Cleva
6 Hey Sugah
7 Booty
8 Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)
9 A.D. 2000
10 Orange Moon
11 In Love With You
12 Bag Lady
13 Time's A Wastin
14 Green Eyes

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