Mama Told Me

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"Mama Told Me"
Single by Big Boi featuring Kelly Rowland
from the album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
ReleasedOctober 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
FormatDigital download
GenrePop rap
LabelIsland Def Jam
Songwriter(s)Erik Bodin, Chris Carmouche, Ricardo Lewis, Yukimi Nagano, Shelton Oliver, Antwan Patton, Ricky Walker, Fredrik Wallin, Jeron Ward, Håkan Wirenstrand
Producer(s)The Flush
Big Boi singles chronology
"She Said OK"
"Mama Told Me"
"Mic Mike"
Kelly Rowland singles chronology
"Mama Told Me"
"Neva End"

"Mama Told Me" is a song by American rapper Big Boi featuring singer Kelly Rowland, taken from his second studio album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (2012). Co-written by Swedish synth-pop group Little Dragon, who appeared on the original version of the song, it is a 1980s electro funk record that serves as an ode to Big Boi's mother. Production on the song was handled by The Flush, while co-production was handled by Chris Carmouche and Big Boi. Released as the album's lead single, it failed to chart or sell noticeably but reached number eight on the German Black Chart. It is also featured on the soundtrack of the video game MLB 13: The Show.


"Mama Told Me" was produced by The Flush, while co-production was handled by Chris Carmouche and Big Boi. The song originally featured Swedish synth-pop group Little Dragon, who co-wrote the song along with Big Boi and premiered the song with him in Austin, Texas, at an event hosted by Vitaminwater and The Fader in August 2012.[1] Though Little Dragon's version was set to appear on the rapper's second solo album, the band was not featured on the final version due to "business terms out of our control".[2] They were eventually replaced by American singer Kelly Rowland on the hook and bridge.[1] On the concept of the 1980s electro funk record, Big Boi stated that "the song was basically an ode to my mom, just a lot of stuff she taught me coming up that made me the man I am today."[3] The Linn Drum beat is a sample from Prince's 1982 track "Automatic."

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video, directed by Syndrome, was shot in Los Angeles, California against a green screen. It depicts Big Boi and Rowland in "a surreal fantasy land."[3] The music video was released on November 21, 2012.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[5]
  1. "Mama Told Me" – 3:12


The song peaked at number 8 on the German Black Chart during the week of January 11, 2013.[6]

Chart (2012) Peak
Germany DBC (Deutsche Black Charts)[6]


  1. ^ a b Lipshutz, Jason (2012-10-03). "Big Boi Releases 'Mama Told Me' with Kelly Rowland, Not Little Dragon: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  2. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (2012-07-20). "First Listen: Big Boi Previews 'Vicious Lies' Album in NYC". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  3. ^ a b "Video: Big Boi f/ Kelly Rowland – 'Mama Told Me'". Rap-Up. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2013-04-25.
  4. ^ "New Video: Big Boi x Kelly Rowland "Mama Told Me"". Rap Radar. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  5. ^ "Amazon – Big Boi, Mama Told Me". US Amazon Mp3 ( 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-08-28.
  6. ^ a b "Deutsche Black Charts KW 02/13". 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-04-12.

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