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[This piece was written for the 15th Anniversary of Erykah Badu’s iconic Mama’s Gun. You can find the original here.]

Fifteen years ago, I borrowed my mother’s copy of Mama’s Gun. The over-50 crowd may not have been Ms. Badu’s assumed demographic, but then again, “Bumpy’s Lament” was just as much hers as it was mine–flipped, remixed, and repurposed as “Bag Lady.” Music is music that way, I reckon.

Reflecting on the album, this should come as no surprise. Mama’s Gun engages both analog and soul but finds its temperament in Hip-Hop. It’s a modern throwback minus all the cliches. …


Paul Clabourne

thirtysomething | creative | brooklyn

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