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Erykah Badu|Mama's Gun

Mama's Gun

Erykah Badu

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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.
© Rob Theakston /TiVo

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1
Penitentiary Philosophy (Album Version)
00:06:09

Pino Palladino, ComposerLyricist - James Poyser, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Soares, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Elevado, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell "The Dragon" Elevado, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir Thompson, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jon Adler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mandel, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Didn't Cha Know (Album Version)
00:03:58

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Soares, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Elevado, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shinobu Mitsuoka, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Yancey, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Mungo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - William Jackson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jay Dee, Producer - Mitch Getz, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
My Life (Album Version)
00:03:59

Larry Gold, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Composer, Producer - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Soares, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shinobu Mitsuoka, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Adler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ervin Bradford, Author - Mike "Shaggy" Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Bradford, ComposerLyricist - Krystoff Zizka, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
...& On (Album Version)
00:03:34

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Chris Bell, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, ComposerLyricist - S. Martin, ComposerLyricist - Tom Soares, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jahmal Cantero, ComposerLyricist - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shaun Martin, ComposerLyricist - J. Cantero, ComposerLyricist - Jah Born Jamal, Producer - Jah Born Allah, Producer

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Cleva (Album Version)
00:03:45

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Composer, Producer - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Roy Ayers, FeaturedArtist - Tom Soares, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shinobu Mitsuoka, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Adler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Alexander, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mandel, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Hey Sugah (Interlude)
00:00:51

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Paul Gregory, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Soares, Mixer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - N'Dambi, ComposerLyricist - Brian Geten, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Booty (Album Version)
00:04:04

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Chris Bell, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Producer, Co-Producer - Russell Elevado, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell "The Dragon" Elevado, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mandel, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Kiss Me On My Neck (Album Version)
00:05:34

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Jack DeJohnette, ComposerLyricist - James Poyser, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Soares, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Elevado, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell "The Dragon" Elevado, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Shinobu Mitsuoka, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Yancey, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Mungo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mandel, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jay Dee, Producer, Co-Producer - Mike "Shaggy" Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
A.D. 2000 (Album Version)
00:04:51

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Betty Wright, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Poyser, Producer, Co-Producer - Tom Soares, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shinobu Mitsuoka, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ahmir Thompson, Producer, Co-Producer - Vernon Mungo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Adler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Mike "Shaggy" Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Orange Moon (Album Version)
00:07:10

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - E. Young, ComposerLyricist - Eugene Young, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rob Smith, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - S. Martin, ComposerLyricist - Tom Soares, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vernon Mungo, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Adler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Alexander, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Shaun Martin, ComposerLyricist - Braylon Lacy, ComposerLyricist - B. Lacy, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
In Love With You (Album Version)
00:05:21

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Stephen Marley, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Soares, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shinobu Mitsuoka, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - YahZarah St. James, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Bag Lady (Album Version)
00:05:48

Nathaniel Hale, ComposerLyricist - Andre Romell Young, ComposerLyricist - Isaac Hayes, ComposerLyricist - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist - Ricardo Brown, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Brian Bailey, ComposerLyricist - Craig A. Longmiles, ComposerLyricist - Roy Ayres, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2000 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Time's A Wastin (Album Version)
00:06:41

Ted Persons, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Brathwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Leslie Braithwaite, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mercer Ellington, ComposerLyricist - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Smeltz, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vincent Alexander, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist - Mike "Shaggy" Turner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Green Eyes (Album Version)
00:10:04

Erica Wright, ComposerLyricist - Vikter Duplaix, Producer, ComposerLyricist - James Poyser, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Tom Soares, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russell Elevado, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Adler, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Erykah Badu, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Steve Mandel, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

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.
© Rob Theakston /TiVo

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