Our first event of 2020 features Erykah Badu Mama's Gun, the winner of our first ever online poll for Album Of The Month.
Recorded between 1999 and 2000 at Electric Lady Studios in New York and released by Motown Records, Mama's Gunincorporates elements of funk, soul, and jazz styles. It has confessional lyrics by Badu, which cover themes of insecurity, personal relationships, and social issues. Critics have also noted that while Baduizmcontained its share of cryptic lyricism, Mama's Gunis much more direct in its approach, and places the artist in a subjective position more than its predecessor.
While Baduizmturned her into a household name, Mama’s Guncemented her status as the new face of R&B. After taking several years off to raise her first child, Badu returned to the studio to record her second album, much of which was inspired by love and her relationship with her then partner, Andre Benjamin. Leaning into a more organic sound with less-elusive lyrics, Badu opted to speak to the state of black womanhood and the world around her.
There is no shortage of honesty in Erykah Badu’s music, and Mama’s Gun serves as a collection of adages, rather than a stylistic time capsule, speaking to moments in time when self-revolution is necessary for growth.
Join us to hear this as never before.
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