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Like everyone else, we first fell in love with Erykah Badu on her 1997 debut single, “On & On.” But it was her 2000 sophomore studio album, Mama’s Gun—creatively restless, stylistically adventurous, lyrically direct—that made us stay in love. The screaming live-band funk of opener “Penitentiary Philosophy” tells you right away you shouldn’t settle in expecting a rehash of her debut’s smooth R&B. And while a remix of “Bag Lady” was its biggest single, we’ll never get over album closer “Green Eyes,” a wrenching, ravishing song suite narrating the end of a relationship.

Customer Reviews

The Best

Although "Baduism" is probably the CD with the most hits, "Mama's Gun" is the CD that you will never get tired of playing. There is no filler, every track is great. Out of all the CD's that Badu has released, this is the one that I will always go back to. It is experimental yet accessible. Get it, you won't be disappointed.

Still got the soul but..

This is has something missing, i just dont know what it is. i mean the whole album is still amazing, but it didnt really give the same soulful, spiritual atmosphere of 'Baduizm'. And im still mad why Erykah and her management or recording company decided not to use the album version of 'Bag lady' in its official music video. and for that sole reason im deeply disappointed.

Biography

Born: February 26, 1971 in Dallas, TX

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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 female R&B singers. A singer/songwriter responsible for all but one of the songs on Baduizm, she found a number 12 hit with her...
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