Mama Said Knock You Out
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|Mama Said Knock You Out|
|Studio album by LL Cool J|
|Released||August 27, 1990|
|Recorded||1989–1990 at Unique Recording Studios NYC|
|Genre||Hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, East Coast Hip Hop, Golden Age hip hop|
|Label||Def Jam, Columbia, CBS Records|
|Producer||Marley Marl, Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin|
|LL Cool J chronology|
|Singles from Mama Said Knock You Out|
|New York Times||(favorable)|
Mama Said Knock You Out is the fourth studio album by hip-hop artist LL Cool J. The album was released in 1990, after the critically disappointing Walking with a Panther in 1989. Mama Said Knock You Out is now seen as a classic hip-hop album.
The album spawned four hit singles: "The Boomin' System," "Around the Way Girl," (which sampled clips from the Mary Jane Girls song "All Night Long"), the hard-hitting title track itself (which received special notice after LL Cool J's dynamic full-live-band performance of it - unusual for rap performers/performances at the time - during an episode of MTV's Unplugged), and "6 Minutes Of Pleasure." The diss record "To Da Break Of Dawn" was named number 11 on XXL's 20 greatest diss records of all time. The album reached No. 16 in the U.S. charts. The album eventually went 2X Platinum selling over two million copies according to the RIAA.
"This 22-year-old veteran has lost neither his eye for everyday detail nor his sheer relish for words…" observed Mark Cooper in a 3/5 review for Q. "If LL frequently sounds like he's torn between stardom, egomania and his insistence that he's still the boy next door, 'Around the Way Girl' and jams like 'The Boomin' System' suggest that there's plenty of mileage left in this particular balancing act." "LL's stack of samples add the icing to a cake that is all dark, remorseless rhythm, a lo-fi drum beat shadowed by a crude bass rumble," noted Richard Cook in a 4/5 review for Select. "It could be Jamaican dub they're making here, if it weren't for LL's slipper lip."
The album was included in Hip Hop Connection's The phat forty, a rundown of rap's greatest albums. "The LP's title track proved to be the single of the year and probably LL's best record since 'I'm Bad'," HHC said, "while 'Eat 'Em Up L Chill' and 'To Da Break Of Dawn' was [sic] the sound of Cool J getting his own back – and in style." In 1998, it was listed in The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums. In 2005, comedian Chris Rock listed it as the sixth greatest hip-hop album ever in a guest article for Rolling Stone.
All tracks produced by Marley Marl and co-produced by LL Cool J except for "Jingling Baby (Remixed but Still Jingling)", which was produced by LL Cool J and remixed by Marley Marl and the title track which is co-produced by Bobby "Bobcat" Erving.
- "The Boomin' System"
- "Around the Way Girl"
- "Eat 'em Up, L Chill"
- "Mr. Good Bar"
- "Murdergram (Live at Rapmania)"
- "Cheesy Rat Blues"
- "Farmers Blvd. (Our Anthem)" featuring Big Money Grip, Bomb, HIC
- "Mama Said Knock You Out"
- "Milky Cereal"
- "Jingling Baby (Remixed but Still Jingling)"
- "To da Break of Dawn"
- "6 Minutes of Pleasure"
- "Illegal Search'"
- "The Power of God"
Japan bonus track
- "Mama Said Knock You Out [Steering Mix]
- "The Boomin' System" samples from James Brown's "The Payback", "Funky Drummer" and Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise"
- "Around the Way Girl" samples from Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long," Keni Burke's "Risin' to the Top," and the Honey Drippers' "Impeach The President."
- "Eat 'em Up, L Chill" samples from George Clinton's "Atomic Dog" and the Five Stairsteps' "Don't Change Your Love."
- "Mr. Good Bar" samples from All The People's "Cramp Your Style," James Brown's "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved," and ESG's "UFO."
- "Murdergram (Live at Rapmania)" samples from James Brown's "My Thang," Earth, Wind & Fire's "Moment of Truth," and ESG's "UFO."
- "Cheesy Rat Blues" samples Twin Hype's "Nothin' Could Save Ya" and Biz Markie's "Vapors".
- "Farmers Blvd. (Our Anthem)" samples Willie Hutch's "Brothers Gonna Work it Out" and "Mack Man," Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Babe," and Billy Preston's "I Wrote A Simple Song,".
- "Mama Said Knock You Out" samples James Brown's "Funky Drummer," the Chicago Gangsters' "Gangster Boogie," Sly & The Family Stone's "Trip to Your Heart" and "Sing a Simple Song", and Rock the Bells by LL Cool J.
- "To da Break of Dawn" samples James Brown's "Funky President," Maceo & All the King's Men's "Got to Getcha," and Pleasure's "Joyous."
- "6 Minutes of Pleasure" samples James Brown's "Funky President" and Doug E. Fresh's "The Show."
- "Illegal Search" samples from James Brown's "Mind Power" and Rufus Thomas's "The Breakdown Pt. I & II."
- Huey, Steve. "Review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
- Allmusic review
- Robert Christgau review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- New York Times review
- Rolling Stone review
- Rolling Stone review
- The Source review
- Spin review
- Trouser Press review
- Yahoo! Music review
- "Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J Song Information". billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- Q, November 1990
- Select, October 1990
- Hip Hop Connection, July 1994
- "Chris Rock's Top 25 Hip Hop Albums". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 2012-03-01.[better source needed]