LL Cool J Released ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ On This Date in 1990
Mama Said Knock You OutÂ is the fourthÂ studio albumÂ by American rapperÂ LL Cool J. It was produced mostly byÂ Marley MarlÂ and recorded at his “House of Hits” home studio inÂ Chestnut RidgeÂ and atÂ Chung King House of MetalÂ in New York City.Â After the disappointing reception of LL Cool’s 1989 albumÂ Walking with a Panther,Â Mama Said Knock You OutÂ was released byÂ Def Jam RecordingsÂ in 1990 to commercial and critical success.
ama Said Knock You OutÂ was released on August 27, 1990, byÂ Def Jam Recordings.Â It was promoted with five singles, four of which becameÂ hits: “The Boomin’ System,” “Around the Way Girl,” the title track, and “6 Minutes of Pleasure.”Â The album was certifiedÂ double platinumÂ in the United States, having shipped two million copies.Â According toÂ Yahoo! Music’s Frank Meyer,Â Mama Said Knock You OutÂ “seemed to set the world on fire in 1990”, helped by its hit title track and LL Cool J’s “sweaty performance” onÂ MTV Unplugged.Â The title song reached number 17Â on theÂ BillboardÂ Hot 100Â and was certified gold by the RIAA. LL Cool J wonÂ Best Rap Solo PerformanceÂ at theÂ Grammy Awards of 1992.
InÂ The New York Times,Â Jon ParelesÂ wrote thatÂ Mama Said Knock You OutÂ reestablished LL Cool J as “the most articulate of the homeboys”, sounding “tougher and funnier” rapping about “crass materialism” and “simple pleasures”. In Mark Cooper’s review forÂ Q, he wrote, “This 22-year-old veteran has lost neither his eye for everyday detail nor his sheer relish for words.”Â SelectÂ magazine’s Richard Cook said, “LL’s stack of samples add the icing to a cake that is all dark, remorseless rhythm, a lo-fi drum beat shadowed by a crude bass rumble. It could beÂ Jamaican dubÂ they’re making here, if it weren’t for LL’s slipper lip.”Â Mama Said Knock You OutÂ was voted the ninth best record of 1990 in theÂ Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics published byÂ The Village Voice.