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Mama Said Knock You Out
Mama Said Knock You Out
Studio album by LL Cool J

Released

August 28, 1990

Recorded

September 1989 - May 1990

Studio

Marley Marl's House of Hits
(Chestnut Ridge, NY)
Chung King House of Metal
(Manhattan, New York City)

Genre(s)

Hip hop, Golden age hip hop, Hardcore hip hop

Length

61:41

Label

Def Jam Recordings, Columbia, CBS

Producer(s)

Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin, LL Cool J, Marley Marl, Dwayne Simon

LL Cool J chronology

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Walking with a Panther (1989)

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14 Shots to the Dome (1993)

Mama Said Knock You Out is the fourth album by American rapper LL Cool J, released in August 28, 1990 on Def Jam Recordings. After the critically disappointing Walking with a Panther in 1989, the album was viewed at the time as LL Cool J's comeback album. 

The album peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200. It spawned four hit singles: "The Boomin' System", "Around the Way Girl", "6 Minutes of Pleasure", and the title track. LL Cool J won Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1992 Grammy Awards for the song "Mama Said Knock You Out".

Track listingEdit

All songs performed by LL Cool J, except for "Farmers Blvd. (Our Anthem)", performed by LL Cool J, Bomb, Big Money, Grip and HIC.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "The Boomin' System" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 3:44
2. "Around the Way Girl" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 4:08
3. "Eat Em Up, L Chill" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 4:40
4. "Mr. Good Bar" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 3:45
5. "Murdergram" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 3:56
6. "Cheesy Rat Blues" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 5:09
7. "Farmers Blvd. (Our Anthem)" Big Money, Bomb, Grip, HIC, Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 4:28
8. "Mama Said Knock You Out" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.), Bobby "Bobcat" Ervin (co.) 4:53
9. "Milky Cereal" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 3:57
10. "Jingling Baby (Remixed but Still Jingling)" Latture, Simon, Smith LL Cool J, Dwayne Simon (co.) 4:59
11. "To da Break of Dawn" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 4:34
12. "6 Minutes of Pleasure" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 4:36
13. "Illegal Search" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 4:34
14. "The Power of God" Smith, Williams Marley Marl, LL Cool J (co.) 4:25

Samples Edit

The Boomin' System

  • "Funky Drummer" by James Brown
  • "Hold On" by En Vogue

Around the Way Girl

  • "Impeach the President" by The Honeydrippers
  • "Risin' to the Top" by Keni Burke
  • "All Night Long" by Mary Jane Girls

Eat 'Em Up, L Chill

  • "Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps

Mr. Good Bar

  • "Cramp Your Style" by All the People feat. Robert Moore
  • "UFO" by ESG
  • "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" by James Brown

Murdergram

  • "Moment of Truth" by Earth, Wind & Fire

Cheesy Rat Blues

  • "Soul Vibrations" by Kool & the Gang
  • "Better Half" by Maceo & the All King's Men
  • "Vapors" by Biz Markie

Farmers Blvd. (Our Anthem)

  • "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" from The Mack
  • "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby" by Barry White
  • "Mack Man" by Willie Hutch
  • "I Wrote a Simple Song" by Billy Preston

Mama Said Knock You Out

  • "Funky Drummer" by James Brown
  • "Trip to Your Heart" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Gangster Boogie" by Chicago Gangsters

Milky Cereal

  • "Cramp Your Style" by All the People feat. Robert Moore

Jingling Baby (Remixed but Still Jingling)

  • "Walking Into Sunshine" by Central Line
  • "You and Love Are the Same" by The Grass Roots
  • "High Power Rap" by Crash Crew

To da Break of Dawn

  • "Joyous" by Pleasure
  • "Got to Getcha" by Maceo & the All King's Men

6 Minutes of Pleasure

Illegal Search

  • "The Breakdown (Part II)" by Rufus Thomas

The Power of God

  • "Think 73'" by James Brown
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