Back from a brief hiatus of posting these weekly tunes, but then again I never said it would be weekly. So I have been on the lookout for more classic vinyls to add to my collection and there are some new additions that I’m excited about, this being one of them. One of my favorite female artists that I also like to call my auntie, Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun is probably my favorite body of work by her period. It is her second studio LP and was released back in 2000. If you are fond of neo-soul like I am, you are probably familiar with this album.
Erykah Badu I like to call the queen of soul though some others may feel differently. She is put in the same categories as acts such as Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Sade, Angie Stone, and India.Arie. To classify her into a genre is really just overlooking the extraordinary artist that she is.
The way she has maneuvered through the music industry has been a very unconventional one, releasing only five studio albums since 1997 and being 45 years of age(not including her live sessions and recent mixtape). She certainly cares more about quality than quantity and it shows through her music. Badu is even influenced by modern popular music, recording covers of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’, Kanye West’s ‘Real Friends’, and more recently Partynextdoor’s ‘Come and See Me’.
Mama’s Gun to me is Badu’s most eclectic piece of work and really showcases a unique sound that makes Erykah Badu, Erykah Badu. The LP is a very relaxing listen overall with varied instrumentation ranging from acoustic guitar, keyboard, flute, and Roy Ayers’ famous vibraphone. A couple of stand-outs on this LP are ‘A.D. 2000’, ‘Cleva’, ‘Bag Lady’, ‘Time’s A Wastin’, and the most popular, ‘Didn’t Cha Know’.
This album will be in rotation for me for many years to come, for it is a timeless classic. I really hope Badu continues to put out music because she truly know’s what she’s doing, even if she isn’t in the limelight like Beyonce (sidenote: you probably didn’t know they’re both from the same city). Check back next week for another throwback turntable tune, or whenever week I feel like. Spin
Spin Mama’s Gun below via Spotify: