Plantation Lullabies

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Plantation Lullabies
Studio album by Me'shell Ndegeocello
Released October 19, 1993
Genre Neo soul[1]
Length 50:58
Label Maverick
Producer David Gamson, André Betts, Bob Power, Me'shell Ndegeocello
Me'shell Ndegeocello chronology
Plantation Lullabies
(1993)
Peace Beyond Passion
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
BBC Music (favorable) [3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [4]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [5]
New York Times (favorable) [6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [8]
Slant 4/5 stars [9]
Vibe (favorable) [10]
Yahoo! Music (favorable) [11]

Plantation Lullabies is the first album by Me'shell Ndegeocello. It was released 19 October 1993 on Maverick Records. The album peaked at #166 on the Billboard Top 200 list in 1994; with the single "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" reaching #73 on the Hot 100.

Me'shell received three Grammy nominations in 1995: Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "If That's Your Boyfriend".

In the U.S, Plantation Lullabies peaked at #166 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. It also peaked at #7 on Billboard's Heatseekers Album chart and #35 on the Billboard Top R&B Album chart.

The first single taken from the LP was "Dred Loc", in 1993, which peaked at #86 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The third single, "Outside Your Door", peaked at #41 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, after the success of "If That's Your Boyfriend" in 1994.

"If That's Your Boyfriend" was a major crossover success for Me'Shell. It peaked at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as peaking at #21 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles and #23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The remixed versions of the single peaked at #20 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart and #18 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi Single Sales chart. The song was also a left field Top 40 hit in the US, peaking at #35 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40. The music video for "If That's Your Boyfriend" was nominated for two MTV Music Video Awards, for "Best New Artist" and for "Best Female Video".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Plantation Lullabies" – 1:31
  2. "I'm Diggin You (Like an Old Soul Record)" – 4:25
  3. "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" – 4:31
  4. "Shoot'n Up and Gett'n High" – 4:14
  5. "Dred Loc" – 4:05
  6. Untitled – 1:41
  7. "Step into the Projects" – 3:54
  8. "Soul on Ice" – 5:08
  9. "Call Me" – 4:45
  10. "Outside Your Door" – 5:08
  11. "Picture Show" – 4:38
  12. "Sweet Love" – 4:54
  13. "Two Lonely Hearts (On the Subway)" – 4:16

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • David Gamson and Me'shell NdegéOcello – producer (2, 4, 6 - 12)
  • Bob Power and Me'shell NdegéOcello – producer (1, 13)
  • André Betts – producer (3, 5)
  • Bob Power – mixer
  • Mic Murphy – additional engineering (5)
  • George Karas – mixer (3, 5)
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Bill Toles – executive producer
  • Julie Larson – A&R coordinator

Singles[edit]

  • Dred Loc
US 12" single (1993)  0-41039
1. Dred Loc
2. Dred Loc (Skins I'm In Remix)
3. Dred Loc (Sly N Robbie Remix)
4. Dred Loc (Skins I'm In Instrumental)
5. Dred Loc (Sly N Robbie Instrumental)
  • If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)
  • Outside Your Door
US 12" promo (1993)  PRO-A-6852
1. Outside Your Door (Edit)  4.23
2. Outside Your Door  5.07
3. Outside Your Door (Remix)  5.05
US CD promo (1993)  PRO-CD-6852-R
1. Outside Your Door (Edit)  4.23
2. Outside Your Door (Remix)  5.05
3. Outside Your Door  5.07
  • Call Me
UK 12" single (1993)  WO244T
UK CD single (1994)  WO244CD
1. Call Me (Master Mix)
2. Call Me
3. If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night) (Cool R&B Extended Mix)

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