Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years

Rocking my peers and putting suckas in fear

Making the tears rain down like a monsoon

Listen to the bass go boom

Explosion, overpowering

Over the competition, I’m towering

Wrecking shop, when I drop

These lyrics that’ll make you call the cops

Don’t you dare stare, you better move

Don’t ever compare

Me to the rest that’ll all get sliced and diced

Competition’s paying the price

 

I’m gonna knock you out

Mama said knock you out”

Part come back track, part diss track, all fire. I remember thinking how hard “Mama Said Knock You Out” hit when I first heard the opening verse and saw the video on MTV(It was 1990, and streaming websites didn’t exist yet). Even now, there is always someone on the dance floor shadowboxing whenever this track comes on. It’s amazing that LL Cool J was such a prolific rap prodigy that he needed to make a comeback track at the age of 22

Samples:

James Brown ~ “Funky Drummer” (Break is about 5:21 mark of the video).

There’s a couple of great drum breaks used in “Mama Said Knock You Out”, but Clyde Stubblefield’s playing on “Funky Drummer” is the granddaddy of hip hop drum breaks.

Sly and the Family Stone ~ “Trip to Your Heart”

Chicago Gangsters ~ “Gangster Boogie”

Eddie Bo ~ “Hook & Sling”

James Black’s drumming is awesome on this track.

Digital Underground ~ “Humpty Dance” 

I did not know this track was sampled on “Mama Said Knock You Out” until recently.

Big Daddy Kane ~ “Raw” 

LL Cool J ~ “Rock the Bells” 

Divine Sounds ~ “Do or Die Bed Sty” 

Spoonie Gee ~ “Spoonin’ Rap”

Kool Moe Dee ~ “How Ya Like Me Now?” 

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