In a recent interview Rapsody how a certain Erykah Badu album inspired her sophomore release Laila’s Wisdom.
Speaking with Ambrosia For Heads, Rapsody revealed that Badu’s sophomore album Mama’s Gun inspired her very own sophomore album.
“I don’t speak in music the same way as producers; I’m still trying to learn their language,” she explained to the website’s founder Reggie Williams. In trying to gain inspiration for the album she created a playlist of songs for 9th Wonder so they could figure out the sound of the project. A part of that playlist was Mama’s Gun‘s “Time’s A Wastin'” and “A.D. 2000,” which Rapsody refers to as “Soulful, storytelling joints.”
“We just gave it a facelift, and made it us,” she said.
“People ask me, if I had to pick one album that’s my favorite of all time, that’s one of ’em,” the North Carolina rapper said of Mama’s Guns. “I listen to that album so much at night and it goes through so many different emotions for me…that’s kinda how we wanted to mirror it. Even with the title of the project. Mama’s Gun inspired it. It’s short and sweet, but it says a lot.”
Rapsody was recently a part of an epic jam session with Lupe Fiasco, Robert Glasper, Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones, Chris Dave, and Fred the Godson. The session, which was held during an episode of Sway in the Morning, features some memorable bars from Rapsody, such as these:
“Mathematics, add and subtract it. This is how we do, yo I came to bring the static. Anybody wanna battle? Yo, I got to come rattle these bones and kill microphones. Yeah, six feet under is where I put them in their slumber. In the end I’m gonna be No. 1, no two.”