|Bag lady you goin' hurt your back Draggin' all 'em bags like that I guess nobody ever told you All you must hold on to Is you, is you, is you One...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Beyond Badu's self-appointed role as a teacher, what she does best is create really good music.... It should come as no surprise that Mama's Gun's organic feel comes from the team that helped produce D'Angelo's Voodoo. However, the most important sound of all is her unmistakable voice, making all of her songs like ornately crafted gems - even the unintelligible ones.
Mama's Gun wisely doesn't stray too far from the free-flowing R&B of Baduizm: Almost every track here is slinky, scat-influenced soul with rich female backing voices, seeded with the occasional string section, trumpet, or sample (most notably Dr. Dre's "Xxplosive"). Lyrically, most of Mama's Gun rings true, with "Bag Lady," the somewhat draggy first single on which Badu dispenses soulful advice to a homeless woman, as the sole exception.
Mama's Gun is the female companion to D'Angelo's ''Voodoo,'' with which it shares a reactionary pseudo- sophistication that too often substitutes good taste for good tunes. It's soul music for people who -- wrongly -- think rap is dumb and contemporary R&B is simplistic. Unlike D'Angelo, however, Badu has a nuanced voice that pokes through the bland surfaces; sometimes she manages moments worthy of her forebears, as on the slinky ''Bag Lady'' and the syncopated ''Booty.''
Positive: 16 out of 16
Mixed: 0 out of 16
Negative: 0 out of 16
BrandiC.Oct 26, 2001This albumis a classic.
CynthiaC.Jul 17, 2001I thought this album was a masterpiece. People have a tendency to downrate something they don't understand, and I think that's why I thought this album was a masterpiece. People have a tendency to downrate something they don't understand, and I think that's why some may not have liked it. I love this album because it is not just music, but has message behind it, a positive message. Along with the message is soulful art that can only come from someone that loves music, life, and people. Someone that not only wants to make music and enjoy life, but also make a difference in the process. … Expand
VernishaFeb 25, 2003This album is the absolute BEST! It helped me through a tramatic breakup and helped me loved myself all over again. I listen to her every This album is the absolute BEST! It helped me through a tramatic breakup and helped me loved myself all over again. I listen to her every night and always find something new, different, and inspiring in the songs.… Expand
MonicaCJul 26, 2004This is a timeless, timeless masterpiece.
DH.Mar 4, 2008I luv it. U can get up and groove to it its amazing.
Dec 11, 2017this is a simple genious album. erykah got a beautiful voice and the songs are so incredible
the lyrics of the first track is one of the bestthis is a simple genious album. erykah got a beautiful voice and the songs are so incredible
the lyrics of the first track is one of the best i ever read in my entire life… Expand
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