A rising singer-songwriter named Erykah Badu introduced herself to the world with 1997’s Baduizm. It was the 2000 album titled Mama’s Gun that helped solidify the vocalist’s position as the “Queen of Neo-Soul.”
2020 marks the 20-year anniversary of Badu’s sophomore studio LP. The 4-time Grammy winner is celebrated her Motown Records classic by using her Instagram page to shout out some of the musicians that worked with her during the Mama’s Gun era like Common, Questlove, D’Angelo, and James Poyser.
Badu will appear on the first installment of The Message series hosted by Apple Music’s Ebro Darden. The conversation, which debuts on November 3 at 1:00 pm PT, covered several topics including Mama’s Gun. She also creates an exclusive Apple Music playlist of songs that inspire her to keep pushing forward.
“Wow, it seems like yesterday. Ebro, I’ve been on the road so long, I don’t remember growing up. It’s crazy. I try to live life so present that things happen, and the next day, you’re in another year. Kind of like this year, for example, this has been a very long and short and long and short year. 2020, it describes how my life is. The dramatic pauses and crazy endings and rapid beginnings,” said Badu.
Mama’s Gun was released on October 31, 2000. The project contains the singles “Didn’t Cha Know?” and “Bag Lady.” Both of those records earn Grammy nominations – “Bag Lady” for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song (2000), “Didn’t Cha Know?” for Best R&B Song (2001).