This post is a couple of weeks behind schedule, September 14th 2015 having been the 25th Anniversary of the release of LL Cool J’s stand out ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ LP. If you’ve been following these anniversary posts, you’ll have seen by now that 1990 was Marley Marl’s year. Produced almost entirely by Marley Marl ‘Mama Said ...’ was a stellar come back (although “Don’t call it a come back”) after the somewhat lukewarm reception to 1989’s ‘Walking with a Panther’. A raft of popular singles from the album, ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’, ‘Boomin’ System’ and ‘Around the Way Girl’ among them have sealed the album’s status as an all time classic.
The album comes in at #6 in Ego Trip’s ‘Top 25 Rap Albums of 1990’ whilst LL takes no fewer than 4 places in the Top 40 Rap Singles of 1990 holding down the #4, #14, #23 and #38 spots for ‘Jingling Baby’, ‘To Da Break of Dawn’ and ‘Boomin’ System respectively. The album’s title track and the Boomin’ System remix appear in both our Classic Material 1990 Mixtape and our 1990 Rap Megamix.
Stream the full album on Youtube here.
[Purchase physical copies / check release details on Discogs here]