Bag Lady

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"Bag Lady"
Single by Erykah Badu
from the album Mama's Gun
B-side"On & On (Live)"
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2000 (2000-09-12)
(See release history)
FormatCD-single, cassette single
GenreNeo soul
Length4:04 (remix edit)
5:48 (album version)
LabelMotown Records
Writer(s)Erykah Badu, André Young
Producer(s)Erykah Badu
Tone Da Backbone
Erykah Badu singles chronology
"Southern Gul"
(1999)
"Bag Lady"
(2000)
"Didn't Cha Know?"
(2000)
 
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"Bag Lady"
Single by Erykah Badu
from the album Mama's Gun
B-side"On & On (Live)"
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2000 (2000-09-12)
(See release history)
FormatCD-single, cassette single
GenreNeo soul
Length4:04 (remix edit)
5:48 (album version)
LabelMotown Records
Writer(s)Erykah Badu, André Young
Producer(s)Erykah Badu
Tone Da Backbone
Erykah Badu singles chronology
"Southern Gul"
(1999)
"Bag Lady"
(2000)
"Didn't Cha Know?"
(2000)

"Bag Lady" is the first single from singer Erykah Badu's 2000 album Mama's Gun. The song is about a woman who is trying to begin a new relationship but has too much emotional "baggage" and can't get close to people. The message of the song is to "pack light" and have hope for the future. The song was a success on the charts, entering the Billboard Top Ten and peaking at number six; it topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Charts for seven weeks.

To date, this is the last single released by Motown Records to reach number-one on the R&B chart under the original banner of the label before merging with Universal. It earned Badu two nominations at the 43rd Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.

Music Video[edit]

The music video uses the Cheeba Sac remix of the song which samples Dr. Dre's "Xxplosive" from his 1999 album 2001. In a segment during the music video, Erykah and her "bag ladies" dance to an excerpt of Johnny Hammond's "Gambler's Life" (1974). (Badu also interpolates "Gambler's Life" on "Booty," another song from the Mama's Gun album.)[1] The video was shot on Mini DV digital video — an unusual choice for a mainstream music video production, which gave it an appearance comparable to a home movie.

CD single tracklist[edit]

  1. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Radio Edit) (4:04)
  2. Bag Lady (Main Radio Edit) (4:06)
  3. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Instrumental) (4:57)
  4. On & On (Live) (5:25)
  5. Bag Lady (Remix Radio Edit) (20:14)

12" single tracklist[edit]

  1. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Main) (5:09)
  2. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Radio) (4:04)
  3. Bag Lady (Main Radio Edit) (4:06)
  4. Bag Lady (Cheeba Instrumental) (4:57)
  5. Bag Lady (Main Instrumental) (5:50)
  6. Bag Lady (Main Acapella) (5:40)

Release history[edit]

CountryRelease dateFormat
United StatesSeptember 12, 2000 (2000-09-12)Compact disc
WorldwideOctober 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000)Position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[2]93
US Billboard Hot 100[3]6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks (Billboard)1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Erykah Badu's Booty sample of Johnny Hammond's Gambler's Life". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 2014-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Erykah Badu – Bad Lady" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on 2000-11-09. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Liar" by Profyle
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
October 7, 2000
Succeeded by
"I Wish" by R. Kelly