Bag Lady

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"Bag Lady"
Single by Erykah Badu
from the album Mama's Gun
B-side "On & On (Live)"
Released September 12, 2000 (2000-09-12)
(See release history)
Format CD-single, cassette single
Genre Neo Soul
Length 4:04 (remix edit)
5:48 (album version)
Label Motown Records
Writer(s) Erykah Badu, André Young
Producer(s) Erykah Badu
Tone Da Backbone
Erykah Badu singles chronology
"Southern Gul"
"Bag Lady"
"Didn't Cha Know?"

"Bag Lady" is the first single from singer Erykah Badu's 2000 album Mama's Gun. The song is about a woman trying to begin anew in a relationship, but who has too much emotional "baggage" and can't get close to people. The message of the song is to "pack light" and have hope for the future. The song was a success on the charts, entering the Billboard Top Ten and peaking at number six; it topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts for seven weeks. The song featured a music video shot on Mini DV digital video — an unusual choice for a mainstream music video production, which gave it an appearance comparable to a home movie. The remixed version samples the song "Xxplosive" from Dr. Dre's 1999 album 2001.

To date, this is the last single released by Motown Records to reach number-one on the R&B chart under the original banner of the label before merging with Universal. It earned Badu two nominations at the 43rd Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.

CD single tracklist[edit]

  1. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Radio Edit) (4:04)
  2. Bag Lady (Main Radio Edit) (4:06)
  3. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Instrumental) (4:57)
  4. On & On (Live) (5:25)
  5. Bag Lady (Remix Radio Edit) (20:14)

12" single tracklist[edit]

  1. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Main) (5:09)
  2. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Radio) (4:04)
  3. Bag Lady (Main Radio Edit) (4:06)
  4. Bag Lady (Cheeba Instrumental) (4:57)
  5. Bag Lady (Main Instrumental) (5:50)
  6. Bag Lady (Main Acapella) (5:40)

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format
United States September 12, 2000 (2000-09-12) Compact disc
Worldwide October 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)


Chart (2000) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 6
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 1


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on 2000-11-09. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Liar" by Profyle
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
October 7, 2000
Succeeded by
"I Wish" by R. Kelly