For much of the OKP realm, those in it or it’s fringes, Erykah Badu‘s Mama’s Gun was not simply a sophomore effort from the reigning queen of the neo-soul empire. It wasn’t just a follow-up to her seminal Baduizm LP, which pulled every string our collective hearts had to spare. It was, however, one of a handful of albums that represented the organic groupthink that was the innovating, the pioneering Soulquarians crew.
And as such, it is meant to be cherished alongside pillars like D’Angelo‘s Voodoo, Common‘s Like Water Chocolate, The Roots‘ Things Fall Apart and Slum Village‘s Fantastic Vols 1 & 2. All records that signify those years on years of turning the house that Jimi built (none other than Electric Lady Studios) into the Soulquarian compound, with J Dilla, Pino Palladino, James Poyser and Questlove acting as neo-soul’s Funk Brothers, jumping from studio to studio and putting that dirt down on almost every other cut.
So when we get word that Holland’s premiere reissue outfit Music On Vinyl has finally come along and put the treatment to Fat Belly Bella’s Mama’s Gun,we get up in ears, up in arms and just up in general. Giddy doesn’t even describe it. The mere notion of being able to bump the Dilla-fied “Didn’t Cha Know” or the funked-out “Bag Lady” straight from the grooves is one that this writer has personally spent many a night dreaming about. But that’s all over with now, fam. Cop the 180-gram pressing of Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun LP over at Music On Vinyl or head over to Wax Poetics for a chance to win a copy and be sure to keep it locked for all things from the green-eyed queen.