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Mama's Gun

Erykah Badu

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Album Review

Since the arrival of Erykah Badu onto the neo-soul scene back in 1997 with Baduizm, commercial music stood up and took notice with an onslaught of similar artists reaching comparable peaks of mainstream success. After taking some time off for introspection and to raise her son, Badu returned with Mama's Gun, which is a turning point for her in many ways. Gone are the cryptic "Baduizms" that glossed all over her first release, replaced with a more honestly raw Badu singing directly from her heart rather than her head. Sonically, Badu wades out into adventurous territories as well. From the Jimi Hendrix-inspired opening number to the closing ten-minute song suite, she develops fresh aspects of her sound, employing artists such as legendary jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers, jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Stephen Marley, and Roots drummer ?uestlove; she sought after producer Jay Dee as well. The results are consistently tasteful, which only helps to prove once again that Badu is miles ahead of the rest.

Customer Reviews

One Of The Best Most Slept On Album Ever Made

This album should have won a Grammy for its production and sound quality alone! The Sound is flawless! The engineers achieve a Live performance sound in the studio. It’s as if Erykah is giving you a private show in your home, car . . . Erykah’s writing is intimate and courageous. The Music is no less impressive, with its fresh melodies, and warm harmonies. This work is a classic, and if you don’t already own it, I suggest you WAKE UP!


This has got to be on the best albums that was released in 2000 but sadly it never has gotten the props it deserves. She went all across the board lyrically and musically(jazz,rock, hip-hop, reggae) and IT IS WONDERFULL!!! I have purchased this albums at least three time cause I play it so much I scratch it up terribly. Not to take anything away from was a great one also but you definitely heard and could relate to her evoultion as a artist(and as a woman) on MAMA'S GUN. This album never ceases to empower me

One of the best albums of the century.......

I love every single song on this album. They're so deep, and sooo good. Great to listen to while sitting outside in the park, on the metro, taking a bath......whatever. I love it!


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...
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