Ta Da

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"Ta Da"
Single by Lil' Mo
from the album Based on a True Story
Released April 10, 2000
(see release history)
Format Radio airplay, CD single, cassette tape
Recorded Paramount Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre R&B
Label Elektra/EastWest
Writer(s) Anthony "Shep" Crawford, Stacy Dove Daniels, Montell Jordan
Producer(s) Anthony "Shep" Crawford
Lil' Mo singles chronology
"Hot Boyz"
"Ta Da"

"Ta Da" is a song by American recording artist Lil' Mo. It was released as the lead single for Mo's debut album, Based on a True Story (2001). The song was written by fellow R&B singer Montell Jordan and featured production by Anthony "Shep" Crawford. Background vocals were contributed by Shae Jones, D'Andrea Foster, Shonte Taylor and Pam Olivia.


After the lack of success from Mo's previous singles: "5 Minutes" and "If You Wanna Dance,"—both of which were in consideration as a leading single for Based on a True Story—"Ta Da" was chosen by Mo's label Elektra as a lead single. Mo agreed with Elektra's decision, stating: "We thought it would be a good lead-up single because this is the point in a lot of females' lives when they claim their independence."[1] When asked on the meaning of the song's title, Mo added: "So you tell your girlfriends, 'I wish he would leave.' But if you had magic, I'm pretty sure you'd make him disappear."[1] While critics feared that the song would underperform due to its strong suggestive male–bashing content, Mo clarified that the song was just in reference to specific men who often rely on women then turn around and cheat on them, thus men like that "had to go."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song met generally favorable reviews from music critics. During its radio run, DJ Boogie from Pittsburgh radio station WAMO noted that the reception was "more positive than negative," and added, "The females especially have been feeling it."[1] Chuck Taylor from Billboard magazine dubbed the song "[a] tale that hit home," with Lil' Mo's "young-leaning demographic"–based audience.[3] Elysa Gardner from Vibe magazine cited the song as a "slamming single" that "tells off a wayward lover."[4] AllMusic editor Dan LeRoy also praised the track's lyrical content for its "stunning, bitter kiss-off" synopsis.[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the single was directed by Dave Meyers and premiered on BET and The Box in April 15, 2000.[1]

Following its premiere, the video became a favorite amongst musical peers like hip-hop musician Jay-Z, who was so intrigued with Mo's "ghetto" style that he requested her to be a feature on his song "Parking Lot Pimpin'."[2]

Track listings and formats[edit]

CD single[6]
  1. "Ta Da" (LP Version)
  2. "My Story" (Snippet)
  3. "Starstruck" (featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott) (Snippet)
  4. "Saturday" (Snippet)
12" vinyl[7]
  1. "Ta Da" (LP Version)
  2. "Ta Da" (Radio Edit)
  3. "Ta Da" (Instrumental)
  4. "Ta Da" (Acapella)


Charts (2000) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 95
US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales[9] 19
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay[10] 65
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks[8] 21
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales[11] 7

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States April 10, 2000[1] Radio airplay
June 13, 2000[1] CD single, 12" vinyl
July 18, 2000[12] CD5, Cassette tape
United Kingdom October 27, 2000[13] CD single


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hall, Rashaun. "Lil' Mo Ready To Tell 'True Story'." Billboard. June 10, 2000: 33, 48. Print.
  2. ^ a b Seymour, Craig. "Check the Resume > Whole Lotta Loving: Lil' Mo tells the stories behind her hits." Vibe. May 2001: 168. Print.
  3. ^ Taylor, Chuck. "Reviews & Previews: Singles > R&B." Billboard. February 17, 2001: 22. Print.
  4. ^ Gardner, Elysa. "Lil' Mo 'Based on a True Story'." Vibe. August 2000: 168. Print.
  5. ^ LeRoy, Dan. "Based on a True Story - Lil' Mo". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Lil' Mo - Ta Da (CD)". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lil' Mo - Ta Da (Vinyl)". Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Based on a True Story - Lil' Mo > Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Billboard: Hot 100 Singles Sales." Billboard. August 26, 2000: 99. Print.
  10. ^ "Billboard: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay." Billboard. September 2, 2000: 29. Print.
  11. ^ "Billboard: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales." Billboard. August 26, 2000: 29. Print.
  12. ^ "Ta Da [CD5/Cassette] - Lil' Mo". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ta Da". Amazon. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 

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