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5.0 out of 5 stars Armed & Beautiful *CLASSIC*, 22 May 2006
This review is from: Mama's Gun (Audio CD)
Erykah Badu where too begin is without a doubt one of the most innovative singers of our generation, vocally she's compared to Billie Holiday with the passion and consciousness of Meshell NdegeOcello she manages to keep her own organic style of artistry.
"Mama's Gun" was released in 2000 around about the same time she split from her boyfriend one half of Outkast Andre 3000 (Ms. Jackson is about her).Filled with metaphores and ineuendo i think you can get the picture that Badu was a very vulnerable person at the time of putting this in production.
It start's off with the Sly Stone influence funk of "Penetentiary Philosophy" which is an ode to all the 'brothas' in prison then the confused "Didn't Cha Know" where we see Badu not knowing where she is or where she's going a very good song to listen to if your at this point in you life "didnt cha know/didnt cha know/now you never know where the cards may lay".
Other songs worth mentioning are "Cleva" where Erykah give a freestyle-like performance saying that even though she might not be perfect and have her flaws her mind and creativity is flawless. "Orange Moon" is probably one of the sexiest songs shes ever sung a very introvertive song and stands as a favourite of mine a song about how her and her man compliment each other and made her a better person for knowing him.
"In Love With You" is a song i think alot of people can relate to if they've ever been in a situation like this even though people say the person you with aint know good you go against it and go with your instincts a fantastic duet with Stephen Marley really go together as both artist having that bold raspyness in their voice.
"Bag Lady" although its commercial appeal it's quite a personal song about people with emotional baggage the original is a bit better than the cheeba sac remix that was featured in the video
The closer "Green Eyes" is split into 3 movements which is probably about Andre 3000 and is the most clearest indication of the Billie Holiday comparison the song runs for 10 minutes you make think thats long but it's such a great song you hardly notice it.

Top 5
1.Orange Moon
2.Green Eyes
3.In Love With You
4.Didn't Cha Know
5.Bag Lady & Cleva

This album is one of my favourites thats great for them "post- relationship blues" Erykah is rumoured to return this year with a brand new album let's hope it tops the superiority of Baduizm and Mama's Gun.
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Initial post: 23 Jul 2011 16:13:31 BDT
What a wonderful find Erykah Badu is. She has Poetry at her finger tips, all the way down to her Toes!
I love the way Erykah blends her meanings of stories together, and the way the music complements her feel to the whole
picture. It's a pure Hypnotic experience, and your taken on a journey with Erykah. It reminds me of the Story Books my Mother used to read to me as a little Girl. Each song leaves you with a picture, inside a Gold frame, sealed and signed by a wonderful Lady. Thankyou Erykah, God Bless you! Deanna xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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