Mama Said Knock You Out
|Mama Said Knock You Out|
|Studio album by LL Cool J|
|Released||September 14, 1990|
|Studio||Marley Marl's House of Hits in Chestnut Ridge and Chung King House of Metal in New York City|
|Producer||Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, LL Cool J, Marley Marl|
|LL Cool J chronology|
|Singles from Mama Said Knock You Out|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||9/10|
|The Village Voice||A|
Mama Said Knock You Out is the fourth studio album by American rapper LL Cool J. It was produced mostly by Marley Marl and recorded at his "House of Hits" home studio in Chestnut Ridge and at Chung King House of Metal in New York City. After the disappointing reception of LL Cool's 1989 album Walking with a Panther, Mama Said Knock You Out was released by Def Jam Recordings in 1990 to commercial and critical success.
Release and reception
Mama Said Knock You Out was released on September 14, 1990, by Def Jam Recordings. It was promoted with five singles, four of which became hits: "The Boomin' System," "Around the Way Girl," the title track, and "6 Minutes of Pleasure." The album was certified double platinum in the United States, having shipped two million copies. According to Yahoo! Music's Frank Meyer, Mama Said Knock You Out "seemed to set the world on fire in 1990", helped by its hit title track and LL Cool J's "sweaty performance" on MTV Unplugged. The title song reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA. LL Cool J won Best Rap Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1992.
In The New York Times, Jon Pareles wrote that Mama Said Knock You Out reestablished LL Cool J as "the most articulate of the homeboys", sounding "tougher and funnier" rapping about "crass materialism" and "simple pleasures". In Mark Cooper's review for Q, he wrote, "This 22-year-old veteran has lost neither his eye for everyday detail nor his sheer relish for words." Select magazine's Richard Cook said, "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. It could be Jamaican dub they're making here, if it weren't for LL's slipper lip." Mama Said Knock You Out was voted the ninth best record of 1990 in the Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics published by The Village Voice.
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]
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- "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.
- "Jingling Baby" samples Rhythm Addicts "Scorpio", Lafayette Afro Rock Band's Hihache, and Dennis Coffey and Luchi De Jesus's Main Theme(Black Belt Jones).
- "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."
- James Baynard – trumpet
- Flex – background vocals
- David Kennedy – engineer
- Darren Lighty – background vocals, keyboards, programming
- LL Cool J – producer, vocals
- Marley Marl – engineer, producer
- Eric Williams – background vocals
|UK Albums Chart||49|
|US Billboard 200||16|
|US Top R&B Albums||2|
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