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Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun (2000)

4 April 2008
Soul, R&B

Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun (2000)


Artist: Erykah Badu
Title Of Album: Mama's Gun
Year Of Release: Nov 21, 2000
Label: Motown Records
Genre: Neo-Soul, R&B
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps I 44.1 Khz I Joint Stereo
Total Time: 1 h 11 min 51 sec
Total Size: 164 mb

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.

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.

Tracklist
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1. Penitentiary Philosophy (6:09)
2. Didn't Cha Know (3:58)
3. My Life (3:59)
4. ...& On (3:34)
5. Cleva (3:45)
6. Hey Sugah (0:51)
7. Booty (4:04)
8. Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi) (5:34)
9. A.D. 2000 (4:51)
10. Orange Moon (7:10)
11. In Love With You (5:21)
12. Bag Lady (5:48)
13. Time's A Wastin' (6:42)
14. Green Eyes (10:05)


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