|Single by Aerosmith|
|from the album Aerosmith|
|Released||January 13, 1973|
|Genre||Hard rock, blues rock|
|Aerosmith singles chronology|
The song comprises a basic guitar riff, with a strong rhythm backbeat which comes in between lyrics in the verse and throughout the bridge. There are also saxophones interspersed throughout the song.
It is the first Aerosmith song to use profanity in the lyrics, in this case, "shit". Numerous songs throughout their career would contain profanity, unusual for a band that originated in the 1970s.
The song has also been a live staple of Aerosmith concerts throughout the band's career (including up to their most recent tour in 2012). Live versions of the song appeared on Live! Bootleg, Classics Live, and A Little South of Sanity.
The song has also appeared on several Aerosmith compilations including Gems (1988), Pandora's Box (1991), Pandora's Toys (1995), O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits (2002), Greatest Hits 1973–1988 (2004), and Devil's Got a New Disguise (2006).
Noteworthy references to the song
- In the early 1990s, the band opened up a music club called the Mama Kin Music Hall in their hometown of Boston, Massachusetts - the club has since closed.
- Steven Tyler has a tattoo on his arm with the phrase "Ma' Kin." He got it when the band was writing its first album because he had so much confidence in the song. Tyler and Perry have both said that his arm was too thin to fit the whole title.
- Shinedown references to "smokin' tea with Mama Kin" in their song "Cry for Help" on the Sound of Madness album.
- The Swedish band Mama Kin are named after the song.
Guns N' Roses version
The song was covered by Guns N' Roses in 1986 and released in the same year in their EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. It was later re-released on their 1988 EP G N' R Lies. There's also a live version of Guns N' Roses performing the song along with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. This was from Guns N' Roses live from Paris pay per view special.
"Mama Kin" in other media
- Mama Kin is featured as a re-recorded track on the video game, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.