Review: Lil Mo ‎– Based On A True Story Album Sampler

Review: Lil Mo ‎– Based On A True Story Album Sampler

The Lil Mo ‎– Based On A True Story Album Sampler was issued on vinyl to promote Lil Mo’s debut album in Europe and the United Kingdom. Elektra issued Lil Mo ‎– Based On A True Story Album Sampler on 12’ inch vinyl in 2001. There were a total of 6 songs with 3 on each side.

Lil Mo’s debut album Based On A True Story had hip hop soul heads, fans, and stans playing this album on repeat back in the early 2000s. Lil Mo debuted on this album with her breathtaking hip hop soul singing and soulful vibe. Her hit songs Superwoman, Ta Da, and Gangsta had garnered her a fanbase across the United States and Canada back in 2001. Superwoman and Gangsta were hits for her.

A lot of songs that are/were supposed to be on Based On A True Story were real life events and experiences that were based on Lil Mo’s life. Every song on this album was based on a true story hence the title. Which is why her debut album was titled Based On A True Story. This is one of those albums that everyone can relate to.

Think R&B/Soul ballads meet hardcore street raps on hip-hop beats. Her sounds and musical were very reminiscent of Mary J. Blige. Around 35% of the album is mellow R&B/soul grooves. Most of her debut album was produced by Flavahood, DJ Clue, Suga Mike, DURO, and Missy Elliott.Flavahood handled a bulk of the production.

This album was released on Elektra Records in 2001. Elektra Records released this album on the formats of CD, cassette and vinyl. However this album was mostly sold on CD and cassette. The album eventually later became available for digital download and streaming in other countries as well.

Player Not The Game with Carl Thomas is a love song. It’s the player and not the game. Its mood and theme is romantic. Player Not The Game is a duet song featuring Carl Thomas.

We’re gonna talk about these players. We’re gonna also talk about this game.This game is something everybody wants to know about. But who’s the victim? Is it the player? The one being played? Or simply this game?

Early in the morning, he waits by her door. But she’s not there, because she don’t care as there is someone else she adores. And it’s a quarter after midnight when the girl is by her phone. But he won’t call and the tears fall. So she sleeps all alone. They’re in a world full of confusion. The feeling is gone, yet they keep holding on. Love is just an illusion. Get to the back of the line as love will call you in time.

People go ’round and ’round in circles on the kaleidoscope of love. Falling in love and feeling pain. But it’s the player, not the game. See the parade of smiling faces covering up the fakeness along with disappointment. No masquerade can fade the shame. Too many tracks to hide the traces. It’s not the game.

Lil Mo keeps all her feelings in a dark and deep place. Carl Thomas tells her to never go there because it’s so rare true love shows its face and fate. She stares out her window when she can’t sleep at night. Many voices, many choices, but he knows when it’s right.

They’re in a world full of confusion where love is just an illusion. The feeling is gone, still they keep holding on. On the kaleidoscope of love. People go ’round and ’round in circles. Falling in love and feeling pain. Falling deep in love. But it’s the player, not the game.

Ta Da was chosen by Elektra Records due to the lack of success from Lil Mo’s previous singles 5 Minutes and If You Wanna Dance because those songs when they were released as singles did not chart. I remember there was a time that 5 Minutes and If You Wanna Dance were to be the leading singles for the Based on a True Story album. I agree with Elektra’s decision that Ta Da was a good choice for the lead single of the debut Based On A True Story album. I was in favor of that particular decision back then in 2000 as well!

Ta Da is a lovely magical song dedicated and aimed to all the ladies out there men that are unfaithful and are cheating on other women. There is a point in females lives where they want to claim their independence. However the music video wasn’t promoted as well as it should have been. Critics did think of the song Ta Da as male–bashing content. Ta Da was a good lead single that had a lot of potential for some radioplay. On a plus note, Pam Olivia of Vybe, D’Andrea Foster, and Shae Jones contributed in the role of background vocals.

Ta Da was chosen by Elektra Records due to the lack of success from Lil Mo’s previous singles 5 Minutes and If You Wanna Dance because those songs when they were released as singles did not chart. I remember there was a time that 5 Minutes and If You Wanna Dance were to be the leading singles for the Based on a True Story album. I agree with Elektra’s decision that Ta Da was a good choice for the lead single of the debut Based On A True Story album. I was in favor of that particular decision back then in 2000 as well!

Ta Da is a lovely magical song dedicated and aimed to all the ladies out there men that are unfaithful and are cheating on other women. There is a point in females lives where they want to claim their independence.

However the music video wasn’t promoted as well as it should have been. Critics did think of the song Ta Da as male–bashing content. Ta Da was a good lead single that had a lot of potential for some radioplay. On a plus note, Pam Olivia of Vybe, D’Andrea Foster, and Shae Jones contributed in the role of background vocals.

2moro is about Lil Mo escaping from an abusive relationship. In the song Lil Mo explains that she has had enough of the physical abuse, emotional abuse, and mental abuse. She has had it with the overall abuse. Tomorrow she will be gone. The song sound very much similar to 60s soul song or a 70s soul song.

Her partner complains all day long with answers or solutions to any of their problems. It’s a wonder that Lil Mo is still sane. He has her on a ball and chain. He basically has her in a controlling relationship. She can’t escape anyway. It’s the same old thang every day even if it is on a different day.

He accuses her of everything that goes wrong even if it’s not her fault. He is driving her away due to his attitude towards her among everything else. She’ll be gone tomorrow.

He fusses and fights with her every night. And it just ain’t right. When she does the best she can loving him. Because of what his crew has been telling things about Lil Mo to him behind her back, there is no convincing him. Her partner stays complaining everyday. Lil Mo is tired of his verbal abuse and emotional abuse. She tells him she’ll be gone tomorrow.

I Ain’t Gotta is a hard edgy, guitar driven soul song where Lil Mo takes charge. I Ain’t Gotta is dedicated to all the ladies and fellas. It’s about having sex on the first night with no strings attached.

At the beginning of the where Lil Mo got off stage from performing a set. Lil Mo met a man in the crowd. His name was Rick. Lil Mo was sizing hm up from head to toe. She told him to meet her in the VIP section. He was thinking the same thing. Lil Mo is feeling real freaky tonight.

What ended up happening is that they liked each other and ended up having sex on the first night. Lil Mo explains that she doesn’t have to be anywhere until morning. She is out with her friends. She knows he really wants her. She tells him to slow it down. He ends up kicking it with her anyway.

Gangsta is Lil Mo’s own cover for Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice. The notable sample of Snoop Dogg’s Gin and Juice is what made the song a moderate success on the radio and TV in 2001. Gangsta was a song dedicated to gangsta rap and all out gangsterism.

The song was produced by Flavahood, Darryl “Big Baby” McClary, and Michael “Suga Mike” Allen. Darryl “Big Baby” McClary, and Michael “Suga Mike” Allen co-wrote the song.

Lil Mo keeps it gangsta for the streets as she has love for the streets. With so much drama in the NYC, Lil Mo is just trying to make money. She is from where grass don’t grow and the birds don’t sing. Where police be wildin’, but her crew is “’bout it, ‘bout it”. Lil Mo got love for the streets and the streets got love for her. So they can take her out the streets, but can’t take the streets out of her.

Friends (Those Girls) was a song written by Nicole Wray for Lil Mo in 2001. Lil Mo used this song on her debut album. The song is about how friends aren’t really friends when they say things about you partner behind your back. Girls tend to gossip behind people’s backs.

At the very beginning, Lil Mo questions, “Friends. How many of us really have them?”

Lil Mo never thought she would be saying this, but she will never bring her man around her friends again. Her friends that be hating on him will be the same ones trying to get a piece of him. They tell her this and that. She believes what they say and then she questions him. Lil Mo then later figures out what they said behind his back. (And Lil Mo’s too.) It was an excuse just trying to get next to him.

Those were the same girls that said she should leave him and who also said that she don’t need him. Those were the same girls that sat around and dissed him. Those were the same girls that said he was scheming to do nefarious things without her knowledge. Those were the same girls that said they caught him slippin. Those were the same girls that said she should ditch him. Those were the same girls that said she should dog him.

Lil Mo really thought they where close to her. Lil Mo told them everything about their relationship. From the sex to the nights he wouldn’t come home. To the fights they had in their relationship. These are the same girls that dog him out. They were using it for their game. Because they dog him out and Lil Mo would do the same. Lil Mo keeps her friends close and her enemies far away.

At the end of the song is where Lil Mo figures out and realizes that she don’t need them. Now she don’t love them or trust them. She let go of all her so called friends.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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