Listen to Little Dragon and Big Boi’s original studio version of “Mama Told Me”

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Original studio version of Mama Told Me feat. Little Dragon.
Produced by: The Flush Music. Source.

Big Boi’s “Mama Told Me” features Kelly Rowland on vocals

Update: “It is true that Little Dragon made the “Mama Told Me” track with Big Boi and even performed it live in Austin for The FADER. The whole collaboration was an amazing creative experience. Unfortunately, business terms out of our control got in the way, and an agreement couldn’t be reached in time for our version of the track to be released. At least new friendships were made, and we want to wish Big Boi good luck with the album. We look forward to collaborating with him in the future.” – Little Dragon publicist.

Big Boi has finally released the studio recording for “Mama Told Me” which features Kelly Rowland on vocal duty. News of its pending release featured on Big Boi’s official website with “Little Dragon” used as a tag beneath the post, so I believe we can assume Little Dragon feature somewhere in the writing and/or producing credits. The Fader had this to say:

“Kelly Rowland grooves with Big Boi on “Mama Told Me,” the first official single from Big Boi’s upcoming album, debuted by Funkmaster Flex last night on New York’s Hot 97. Rowland replaces Little Dragon frontwoman Yukimi Nagano, who sang the hook on an earlier version of the track. Asked about the switch, Big Boi hints that Nagano will still be a part of Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out November 13.”

Here is Little Dragon and Big Boi’s live performance of the track during the summer. Hard not to prefer Yukimi’s beautiful vocal style, but the decision is made and the finished product should still be appreciated by radio listeners. A cynic would say this is record company intrusion, but at least we have this video to return to.

Lyrics to Big Boi’s “Mama Told Me” (feat. Little Dragon)

This is quite a short effort to begin with, with an obvious and complete absence of Big Boi. This will be amended soon, but I thought I’d get the ball rolling with Yukimi’s hook. What do you think? Anyone want to contribute?

[Edit: Big shout out to Ryan for corrections and additions.]

As the world shakes un-harmed
Twan calm in the middle of the storm
Bomb
Flow tsunami ring the alarm
Big Boi for dummies, come and get some
Um, Wisdom like your back teeth
Or get the fuck on like some bad chi
Negative energy not tolerate
You’re all about a dollar
And I’m exonerated
Free Falling, Thom Pettie Heart-Breaker
Living Legend, Rap Scholar, Art Major
‘Cause I make major art
Like Beethoven, Van Gogh, or Mozart
So don’t start
Around these parts we reign supreme
And stop Krispy Kreame clean
Blue Jeans, Jordan’s number 3’s
That’s important

Be careful how you play your cards
Be true to self and you’ll go far
Try not to break too many hearts
I always knew I’ll be a star

Mama used to say take your time
Well, I’m a pick pocket when I design rhymes
Every little step I take like Bob Brown is so profound
That when I throw these nouns
We gon’ get low low down until we get back up
Boy everything gravy, taters mashed up
You know I keep a full plate
And a full thang of hot ones, throw away 38’s
But everything’s straight bleed
Shit, I got everything I can’t need
Boy, I’m everything you can’t see
Like three blind mice on the chase for some great cheese
And cheddar man said he got them grape trees
Said he served me and my nigga 3G
Fatigues, Jordan’s number 5’s
Ya’ll niggas boring

‘Cause I travel like a rocket, I do
Mind riddle every socket for you
I swing on the edge of a lightning
Magnetic can’t stop
Just floating won’t drop
I slip, I side back up the ride
I’m skipping every mountain top
I’m reaching for the highest high