Mama Said Knock You Out" is a number-one hit single by LL Cool J from his album of the same name. The song famously begins with the line "Don't call it a comeback/I've been here for years." Before "Mama Said Knock You Out" was released, many people felt that LL Cool J's career was waning; his grandmother, who still believed in his talent, told him to "knock out" all his critics. The song was produced by Marley Marl with help from [1 ] DJ Bobcat along with LL. The single reached number 17 on the [2 ] , was certified gold by the Billboard Hot 100 RIAA, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The song takes various shots at Kool Moe Dee.
The song was featured in the
Michael J. Fox action comedy in which LL Cool J also co-starred. The Hard Way,
Background [ edit ]
The song uses samples from
James Brown's " Funky Drummer," the Chicago Gangsters' "Gangster Boogie," Sly & The Family Stone's "Trip to Your Heart" the drum break from Digital Underground's " The Humpty Dance", and LL Cool J's own " Rock the Bells". The music video features LL Cool J in a boxing ring, rapping into a microphone similar to the one an announcer would use in a boxing match. Intercut with this are clips of both boxing matches and LL Cool J exercising.
LL Cool J said in his autobiography that the idea for the song came from a discussion with his grandmother. He had said to his grandmother that he felt that he couldn't survive as a rapper now that
gangsta rap was popular and he was being dissed by several up-and-coming rappers. She responded, "Oh baby, just knock them out!" She is featured in the closing scene of the music video, saying "Todd! Todd! Get upstairs and take out that garbage". [3 ]
Cultural references [ edit ]
The song has been parodied on the 1990s comedy show
as a music video skit, "Mama's Gonna Kick Me Out" with In Living Color Shawn Wayans as Jimmie Walker's character, Good Times J.J. Evans; and in the 1994 hip-hop [4 ] mockumentary film as a solo single for rapper Tasty-Taste ( Fear of a Black Hat Larry B. Scott), "Granny Said Kick Yo Ass". [5 ]
The title was heard in the
episode, " Futurama Proposition Infinity," when during a brief hostage taking of Amy Wong in a police holding cell, the police robot unit URL uses the Vulcan nerve pinch from to subdue a violent criminal, then afterwards coolly says: "Mama said Star Trek Spock you out."
In an episode of
The Office, when introducing Ryan, Michael Scott remarks "Don't call it a comeback." This song was in the "Pontiac Bandit" episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine when Jake Peralta wore a white suit to a criminal meet. In , the song is used in the episode "The Gang Broke Dee". It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia [6 ]
In the Auralnauts' Star Wars parody, "Revenge of Middle Management," Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are singing the song during the beginning sequence.
Track listing [ edit ]
Five Finger Death Punch version [ edit ]
heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch covered the song for their fourth studio album, , which features rapper The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1 Tech N9ne. The single was released on March 25, 2014 through Prospect Park Records. [8 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
"Mama Said Knock You Out"
(featuring Tech N9ne) James Todd Smith
Kevin Churko, Five Finger Death Punch 2:47
Charts and certifications [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Pareles, Jon (November 18, 1990). "HOME ENTERTAINMENT/RECORDINGS: RECENT RELEASES". The New York Times . Retrieved . February 23, 2012
^ "Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J Song Information". billboard.com. Billboard . Retrieved . 16 July 2012
^ LL Cool J (1998). I Make My Own Rules. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 126–127. ISBN 9780312967314.
^ Tobbe (May 30, 2013). "Interview with Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltán Báthory". Metal Covenant . Retrieved . June 3, 2013 We had an idea to cover Mama Said Knock You Out. [...] Then we made the song heavy and when Tech N9ne came it, we thought 'Oh yeah, this is happening. Fuck it, Let's put it on the record.'
^ " LL Cool J: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
^ " Australian-charts.com – LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
^ " Charts.org.nz – LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
^ "LL Cool J – Chart history" for LL Cool J. Retrieved September 30, 2012. Billboard Hot 100
^ "LL Cool J – Chart history" for LL Cool J. Retrieved September 30, 2012. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs
^ "LL Cool J – Chart history" for LL Cool J. Retrieved September 30, 2012. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
^ "LL Cool J > Awards". . AllMusic Rovi Corporation . Retrieved . September 30, 2012
^ "American single certifications – L.L. Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out". Recording Industry Association of America. May 15, 1991 . Retrieved . September 30, 2012 If necessary, click Advanced , then click Format , then select Single , then click SEARCH