Based on a True Story (Lil' Mo album)

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Based on a True Story
Studio album by Lil' Mo
Released June 26, 2001
Recorded 1998–2001
Genre R&B, Hip hop
Label Elektra / Wea
Producer Shep Crawford, Brycyn Evans, Clue, DURO, Darryl "Big Baby" McClary, Flavahood, Michael "Suga Mike" Allen, Troy Johnson
Lil' Mo chronology
Based on a True Story
Meet the Girl Next Door
Singles from Based on a True Story
  1. "Ta Da"
    Released: April 10, 2000
  2. "Superwoman Pt. II"
    Released: March 6, 2001
  3. "Gangsta (Love 4 the Streets)"
    Released: August 2001

Based on a True Story is the debut album by American R&B singer Lil' Mo.


Recording for the album began in 1998 when Mo was signed to Elektra; two singles ("If You Wanna Dance" & "5 Minutes") were released as potential lead singles. However, the lack of proper charting performance from both singles resulted in a postponement for Based on a True Story; both singles would also be subsequently deleted from the album.

In 2000, Mo and her record labels (EastWest/Elektra), released "Ta Da" as the official lead single. The song managed to peak at 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 21 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Much like the situation of former labelmate Torrey Carter, Elektra Records was displeased with the Billboard Hot 100 charting performance of "Ta Da," resulting in disputes between Mo and Elektra executives. The dispute would later develop over Mo's image and the follow-up single, "Superwoman."

By 2001, Mo would later convince Elektra to release "Superwoman" under the "Part II" version featuring Fabolous. Elektra agreed and released the remixed single; the song would go on to peak at number 11 on Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, making it Mo's successful single to date. Mo went on to release another single titled, "Gangsta", which failed to match the success of her preceding single.

Release and reception[edit]

The album was released on June 26, 2001 to generally favorable reviews. Dan LeRoy of AllMusic gave the album 3/5 stars. He described Mo's voice and musical style in comparison towards Mary J. Blige.[1] Months afterward, the album would go on to attain a Gold certification from the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "My Story"
  3. "Supa Star" (featuring J-Star)
  4. "Superwoman Pt. II" (featuring Fabolous)
  5. "Player Not The Game" (featuring Carl Thomas)
  6. "How Many Times"
  7. "2moro"
  8. "Friends (Those Girls)"
  9. "Gangsta"
  10. "Saturday"
  11. "She Could Neva B Me"
  12. "Time After Time"
  13. "Outro"
  14. "I Ain't Gotta" (Bonus Track)
  15. "Ta Da" (Bonus Track)

Original Track Listing[edit]

  1. "Intro"
  2. "My Story"
  3. "She'd Neva Be Me"
  4. "How Many Times"
  5. "Ta Da"
  6. "Starstruck" (featuring Missy Elliott)
  7. "Club 2G" (featuring Naam & Missy Elliott)
  8. "Saturday"
  9. "The Playa Not The Game"
  10. "Why"
  11. "Time After Time"
  12. "More Than You Know"
  13. "What About The Children"
  14. "Outro"

Leftover Tracks[edit]

  • "5 Minutes" (featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott)
  • "Starstruck" (featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott)
  • "If You Wanna Dance"
  • "Why"
  • "Nobody Somebody"
  • "Finally Ova You"
  • "What About The Children"
  • "Club 2G" (featuring Naam & Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott)
  • "Who You Foolin'" (featuring Mocha)
  • "More Than You Know"
  • "Superwoman, Pt. I"