[3] One sold-out concert at New York City's Radio City Music Hall was praised by Rolling Stone, who compared him to R&B singers such as Gaye, Prince, Frankie Beverly, and Luther Vandross. [30] It spent seventy-eight weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart,[31] while becoming a Top 30 chart hit in the United Kingdom. 'Til the cops come knockin' Or wer View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 CD release of Til The Cops Come Knockin' on Discogs. Wasn't it cool when first I kissed your lips? [Chorus] [12] Critics have also noted Maxwell's falsetto singing voice,[13] and the music's atmospheric, funky instrumentation, featuring mellow horns, wah wah guitar, Rhodes piano and deep, articulate bass lines. Well, I wanna hold you, I wanna know you baby, if it's alright [Pre-Chorus] [2], Maxwell also cited his grandmother and other West Indian women he knows as the inspiration behind his romantic notions. We're gonna be [15] The songs "Whenever Wherever Whatever" and "Lonely's the Only Company (I & II)" are ballads that contain themes of vulnerability to love. Columnist. A concept album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was composed as a song cycle that focuses on an adult romance, based in part on Maxwell's personal experiences. [24] Co-written by songwriter Itaal Shur,[7] "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" opens with a funky groove and bass line, and features a forceful rhythm and rough funk sound. Gimme a call, it's cool, the M's all open Lyrics to 'Till The Cops Come Knockin'' by Maxwell. Or were you embarrassed about the way you freaked? Papa gonna have to leave "[39] Stylus Magazine ranked it at number six on their list of the Top Ten Albums from 1996. "What He Does Want Is to Make Beautiful Music". [15] It also contains the sound of distant sirens and "grinding porn-movie" guitar licks. Wasn't it cool when first I kissed yo lips. [Chorus] [1][22] Maxwell said in an interview, "I'm so innately romantic and always have been, and I went through this particular romantic experience and based my album on that". It is the second single released from his debut album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite.Co written and produced by Maxwell and G Syier Hawkins Brown. [15] One critic attributes the tempo decrease to Stuart Matthewman's production. [40] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite has since been cited by several critics as his best album,[41][40] including Stephen Cook from AllMusic, who said it was "destined to become a classic contemporary R&B disc". [3] Maxwell's performances continued to draw interest and increase the buzz about him, and he was called "the next Prince" by a writer from Vibe magazine who attended one of his shows. If it doesn't lend itself to your history, how is it going to extend to your future? [2] Despite facing ridicule from classmates for being shy and awkward, he progressed and continued to develop his musical abilities. We're gonna be [4][14] The tempo of the songs slowly diminishes through the course of the album's songs. [25], Cited by Blender magazine as one of the "Greatest Make-Out Songs of All Time", "...Til the Cops Come Knockin'" contains sexually explicit lyrics and a slower tempo than its preceding tracks. (Woo, come on) "[13] Jim Farber of the New York Daily News called it "one of the few modern sex albums to offer a sense of succor",[42] and Urban Latino hailed it as "one of the most soulful releases of the year", writing that Maxwell exhibited "the soul of Curtis Mayfield, the poetics of Beni More and the stage presence of Michael Jackson, pre-Thriller". "Till The Cops Come Knockin'". The music video begins with Maxwell lying dace down on a stripped floor. Was it enough to penetrate your dark world? Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was not an immediate commercial success, but it was helped by the release of its second single "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" in July 1996, and the album eventually became a million-seller. [43] In American Visions, Michael George wrote, "In an age where young, black artists are criticized (often rightly so) for misogynistic lyrics, Maxwell's focus on commitment is refreshing. [25] The song has been covered by gospel artists such as Londa Larmond and LaShun Pace. "[2] According to Kerika Fields, Maxwell received an overwhelmingly positive reaction to his debut album from music listeners due to their weariness of contemporary black music's predictability. A message on the telephone, baby [2] The demo engendered interest, and his official debut concert performance at Manhattan nightclub Nell's drew a crowd. [32], Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite received positive reviews from critics. "[44] In The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), Arion Berger later said, "[Maxwell's] laid-back romanticism has heat at its core and a powerful groove that grounds the music: By varying the push of the beat but retaining the central mellow vibe, Maxwell creates a sound as felicitous on headphones as it is in the bedroom. Gonna take you in the room, sugar Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl? [16] The album contains elements of funk, jazz, contemporary R&B and quiet storm,[4] and it is mostly composed of sexual balladry and slow jams.[17][18]. I'll be your lotion (I'll be your lotion) on your body (I wanna be) [4] The song contains strong gospel overtones with references to God in the lyrics. 'Til the cops come knockin'. Tease you (Ooh, hoo, hoo) Maxwell performs in the music video "...Til the Cops Come Knockin'" from the album "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" recorded for Columbia Records. Maxwell Lyrics. [1][25] On September 17, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). (Hey, baby) [22] The album's liner notes have a dedication from Maxwell to his "musze", stating "I could never have done this without you". If it's alright, ooh Was it enough to penetrate your dark world? Was it enough to penetrate you dark world? We're gonna be rockin', baby 'Til the cops come knockin' [2] The album was eventually released on April 2, 1996,[4] and was a slow performer commercially. [20] It was shelved for nearly a year,[19] because of issues with Columbia's management, the label's extensive reorganization, and record executives' doubts regarding the album's commercial potential. 'Til the cops come knockin' 'Til the cops come knockin' We're gonna be rockin', baby Directed by Eric Johnson. [2] Regarding the cover, Maxwell later said "I wanted people to have the facts: the title, the selections and the fact that you had to basically buy it. [2] Music journalists inferred that the album was inspired by or based on an unsuccessful affair in Maxwell's life. Last lover came and went Or were you embarrassed about the way you freaked. Make you feel so good inside Gonna take you in the room, sugar [56], Maxwell's role in writing and producing the album exhibited a level of artistic control by an R&B artist that was uncommon in the recording industry at the time. [2] Matthewman and Maxwell played several instruments during recording for the album, including guitar, drums, saxophone, bass, and keyboards. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.com. [8][9][10] According to Prince biographer Alex Hahn, Maxwell adopts the singer's sound and style, particularly from songs such as "Do Me, Baby" (1982) and "Pink Cashmere" (1993),[11] while The New York Times's Amy Linden said that he "melds a soft-spoken singing style with the fluid, spacious grooves often associated with the cocktail funk of Sade". [2] The album's front cover art also features a picture of a pair of golden women's shoes on the floor of a hotel room, with the bar coding prominently displayed. [2] Maxwell made matters worse by refusing to allow his picture to be placed on the album's front cover; instead he preferred to have the track listing and other information he felt was more important about the album in place of his photo. [6], Production assistance and instrumentation from such veteran session musicians contributed significantly to Urban Hang Suite's vintage overtones and classic R&B influences. [16] "Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)" completes the album's concept of monogamy with lyrics depicting a marriage proposal from Maxwell. (Make you feel so good, oh baby) [7] After the recording sessions ended in March 1995,[2] Urban Hang Suite was mixed by P.M. (Peter Mokran) and audio engineer Mike Pela, after which it was mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound in New York City. 'Til the cops come knockin' Please you (Oh, oh) [4] While the length of the track is listed as 13:47 minutes,[8] the song ends after 6:00 minutes, followed by a period of silence, before resuming with a hidden track,[4] which consists of 1:41 minutes of an instrumental version of "...Til the Cops Come Knockin'". Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl? [28], In the period before its release, Maxwell wrote and demoed songs for a subsequent studio album, and embarked on an African American college tour with Groove Theory and the Fugees. [3][4] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was produced primarily by Peter Mokran, who was credited as P.M., and Maxwell, who was credited as "MUSZE",[4] a play on the word muse. I wanna know you, baby (I wanna know you) Listen to Til The Cops Come Knockin' from Maxwell's The Legacy of Rn'B Slow Jamz for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. [1] Raised in the borough's East New York-section, Maxwell's previous musical experience included his beginnings as a singer in the congregation of his Baptist church,[2] which had become an integral part of his life after the death of his father in a plane crash. Style: Soul, Neo Soul. [9] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite closes with the instrumental track "The Suite Theme". Well I wanna hold you. / Wasn't it cool when first I kissed your lips? 'Til the cops come knockin' [3][10] He was described by critics as "part of a new generation of smooth soul crooners", and he obtained a reputation among fans as a sex symbol, which according to one journalist, was due to his "wild" afro and "extravagant cheekbones". I guess being a man is a truly physical state and mentally it's a little bit limiting. [1] Prior to working with Maxwell, Ware and Ragin were collaborators of soul musician Marvin Gaye;[1] Ware had produced and composed most of Gaye's tenth album I Want You (1976). Maxwell – Till The Cops Come Knockin'. Was it enough to penetrate yo dark world. Till The Cops Come Knockin' Lyrics. [5], The album opens with an instrumental track, "The Urban Theme", which begins with the sound of a stylus dropping on a vinyl record. 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"[23] The funk-influenced "Sumthin' Sumthin'", which was co-written by Leon Ware,[7] contains a strong, rhythmically tight groove created by the implementation of the "pocket" bass technique. [19] The track's prominent funk sound is reminiscent of the music of the Brand New Heavies. Well, I wanna hold you (I wanna hold you) Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is the debut album by American R&B singer-songwriter Maxwell. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 Vinyl release of Til The Cops Come Knockin' (The Opus) on Discogs. [Verse 2] There won't be no Was it enough to penetrate you dark world? 0 Tags. Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl? Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl. [2] He was able to gain access to a 24 track recording studio and started to record songs for a demo tape, which he circulated among his friends. Listen to Til The Cops Come Knockin' by Maxwell, 88,432 Shazams, featuring on ’90s R&B Essentials, and Neo-Soul Essentials Apple Music playlists. Although one of his earliest influences was early 1980s urban R&B, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was inspired by the sounds and themes of classic soul artists such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and Prince . The resulting music features a mellow, groove-based sound with elements of funk, jazz, smooth soul, and quiet storm. [10] Nick Coleman from The Independent later cited Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite as the "sexiest record of 1996",[49] while Q magazine called it "one of the very best R&B records of the '90s. [20] Maxwell has described the themes and his thoughts on romance as "idealistic" on Urban Hang Suite. Lock you up and love for days [26], After Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was completed,[3] the finished recordings were presented to Columbia Records in mid 1995. [Bridge] There won't be no stoppin' me, 'til the cops come knockin' Gonna take you in the room suga' lock you up in love for days We gonna be rockin' baby 'til the cops come knockin' Papa gonna have to leave a message on the telephone baby There won't be no stoppin,' me 'til the cops come knockin' Please you tease you eat you Make you feel so good inside [41][59] His concert performances in promotion of the album attracted many female fans. [7], Although one of his earliest influences was early 1980s urban R&B,[1] Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite was inspired by the sounds and themes of classic soul artists such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and Prince . [1][53] Along with D'Angelo's Brown Sugar (1995) and Badu's Baduizm (1997),[53] Urban Hang Suite has been recognized by writers for beginning neo soul's popularity and helping the genre obtain commercial visibility. [51], Along with musicians D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, Maxwell was credited with helping to shape the "neo soul" movement that rose to prominence during the late 1990s. Wasn't it cool when I first kissed yo lips? [2] Matthewman had previously worked with English R&B and jazz group Sade. [54][55] However, in contrast to D'Angelo, Maxwell was more conventional in his approach on his debut album. Gonna take you in the room, sugar Find out at which radio station you can hear MAXWELL - TIL THE COPS COME KNOCKIN' (LIVE MTV UNPLUGGED) MAXWELL - TIL THE COPS COME KNOCKIN' (LIVE MTV UNPLUGGED) - Listen on Online Radio Box This site uses cookies . Along with D'Angelo's Brown Sugar (1995) and Erykah Badu's Baduizm (1997), the album provided commercial exposure to neo soul and has since been cited by several critics as Maxwell's greatest work. [16] "Welcome" features the album's prominent sexual vibe, and contains a quiet storm sound and saxophone. … 'Til the cops come knockin' Gonna take you in the room suga' Lock you up and love for days We're gonna be rockin' baby 'Til the cops come knockin' Papa gonna have to leave A message on the telephone baby There won't be no 'Til the cops come knockin' Please you, tease you, eat you Make you feel so good (Make you feel so good inside) I'm open (Wider than oceans), baby "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" is a 1996 song by the American R&B/neo soul singer Maxwell. [27] That year, Rolling Stone voted him Best R&B Artist. [21] Rolling Stone editor David Fricke compared the album's concept to that of Marvin Gaye's 1978 record Here, My Dear, which dealt with his divorce, saying that Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite had been reworked as a treatise on monogamy. [60] Essence writer Jeannine Amber compared his stage presence to Teddy Pendergrass. Gonna take you in the room, sugar 1 Comment. [41] In The Village Voice, Robert Christgau jokingly accused Maxwell of "expiring of Afrocentric texturitis",[45] while rating the album a "dud",[46] which indicated "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought". Till the cops come knockin Pappa gonna have to leave A message on the telephone baby There won't be no stoppin' me Till the cops come knockin' Six on a Thursday night And you be jonesin', baby For a brother to hold you tight And keep on goin' Last lover came and went Didn't even hug n' kiss you n' caress you Gimme a call it's cool the M's all open And that's what music--what creativity--is to me. 'Til the cops come knockin' The honest, sincere sexuality has struck a collective nerve with many in his audience who have built, renewed, or refined relationships based on the many messages found in the songs from Urban Hang Suite ... Maxwell's emotive power seduced not only significant numbers of both the urban and pop audiences but critics as well. If it's alright, ooh [3] Already a fan of what he described as "jheri curl soul", which was the trademark of early 1980s R&B acts such as Patrice Rushen, S.O.S. [13] Throughout, it examines the concept with lyrical themes of love, sex and spirituality,[19] as well as issues such as commitment, marriage and monogamy. "[40] Peter Shapiro was more critical, panning Maxwell's lyrics and calling the album an "overly mannered pastiche of early 70s soul ... all style and no substance". A message on the telephone, baby [53] In commenting on the "new soul revival" in music, Maxwell told Entertainment Weekly in 1997 that "everything out there musically was inspired or influenced by something from the past. According to Prince biographer Alex Hahn, Maxwell adopts the singer's sound and style, particularly from songs such as "Do Me, Baby" (1982) and "Pink Cashmere" (1993), while The New York Times's Amy Linden said that he "melds a soft-spoken singing style with the fluid, spacious gr… Obviously women at 12 or 13 get either cursed or blessed with the fact that they're vessels for human life to come through. Lock you up and love for days Maxwell ‎– Til The Cops Come Knockin Label: Columbia ‎– SAMPCD 3316, Columbia ‎– 11-003316-17 Format: CD, Single, Promo Country: Austria Released: 1996 Genre: Funk / Soul. Maxwell largely wrote and produced the album himself, recording in sessions at Electric Lady Studios, RPM, Sorcerer, and Chung King Studios in New York City, and CRC Studios in Chicago. Band and Rose Royce, Maxwell began to teach himself to play a variety of instruments. Recording Industry Association of America, Pop View: Young Crooners Learn the Subtle Art of Seduction. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 CD release of Til The Cops Come Knockin on Discogs. It's not about creating some super-fresh new thing. [50] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was not yet considered cool to look to the ‘70s for R&B inspiration, and Maxwell… [Pre-Chorus] [Chorus] Didn't even hug and kiss and caress you We're gonna be rockin', baby Loving you long if that's alright 'Til the cops come knockin' 'Til the cops come knockin' [1], At 19, Maxwell began performing throughout the New York club circuit while supporting himself by waiting tables during the day. [53] According to Shapiro, the term itself refers to a musical style that obtains its influence from more classical styles, and bohemian musicians seeking a soul revival, while setting themselves apart from the more contemporary sounds of their mainstream R&B counterparts. The only way I can pay homage to that feminine thing--not necessarily women but to what they represent as creative forces--is by getting artistic and making music. Didn't you dig the way I rubbed your back, girl? [1][27] The label's executives also feared that his romantic concept and image would not appeal to listeners. [2], Writing for Vibe, OJ Lima said the record was a "refreshing detour from hump-bouncin' '90s R&B",[16] while Dimitri Ehrlich from Entertainment Weekly wrote that Maxwell "smooths hip-hop's and soul's edges, proving that black dance music doesn't automatically mean ghetto culture. Six on a Thursday night and you be jonesin', baby But more important, he can flat-out sing. [48] For the record, Maxwell was nominated for the 1997 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album,[4] received three NAACP Image Award nominations,[44] and wins in the categories of Best Male R&B/Soul Album and Best Male R&B/Soul Single (for "Ascension"), as well as Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, for the 1997 Soul Train Awards. (Let me rock you, baby; let me love you, baby, let me do it, darlin') [44] It was named the 20th best album of 1996 in the Pazz and Jop, an annual poll of American critics nationwide, published by The Village Voice. [15] Roni Sarig wrote that their "early '80s full-band R&B and jazz pop grooves are reminiscent of Maze's brightest days and Steely Dan's coolest nights. Papa gonna have to leave For a brother to hold you tight and keep on goin' But what I'm talking about is not a person's 'female side' or 'male side'. 'Til the cops come knockin' A message on the telephone, baby (Ooh, hoo, hoo) [2], Maxwell's following studio albums were received less enthusiastically by critics, who were more critical of his songwriting on his next two studio albums, Embrya (1998) and Now (2001). [7], Guitars: Wah Wah Watson, Stuart Matthewman, H and Maxwell Keys: Amp Fiddler, Federico Pena, Itaal Shur, David Gamson, Stuart Matthewman and Maxwell Bass: Mike Neal, Gary Foote, Jonathan Maron, and Stuart Matthewman Drums/Beatmachine: Gene Lake, Stuart Matthewman, Itaal Shur, Peter Mokran, David Gamson and Maxwell Percussion: Bashiri Johnson, Karl Vanden Bossche, Gregory Marsh Horns: The Beverly Soul Sextion Saxophone: Stuart Matthewman Trombone: Clark Gayton Trumpet: Kevin Batchelor French horn: Vincent Chauncey Cello: Erik Friedlander and Rufus Cappadocia Voices: Maxwell, Produced or co-produced by Maxwell (Maxwell) with Stuart Matthewman or Peter Mokran Additional production assistance: H (Mike Humphries), Wah Wah Watson (Melvin Ragin) and Itaal Shur Written by Maxwell or co-written with Hod David, Stuart Matthewman, Leon Ware, Itaal Shur or Melvin Ragin Recorded at Electric Lady (NYC), RPM (NYC), CRC (Chicago), Chung King (NYC), Sorcercer (NYC) Engineers: Mike Pela, Peter Mokran and Ed Tuton Assistant engineers: Michael Nuceder, Jamie Campbell, Brian "Mr. Bones" Kinkead, Phil Castellano, John Seymour and Ron Lowe Mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound (NYC) Art direction: Stacey Drummond and Julian Peploe Photography: Eric Johnson Photo assistance: Michael Stryder and Jamel A&R direction: Mitchell Cohen, Arranged and produced by MUZSE Mixed by Peter Mokran, Written and produced by Maxwell and Stuart Matthewman Mixed by Mike Pela, Written by Maxwell and Leon Ware Produced by Maxwell Mixed by Mike Pela, Written by Maxwell and Itaal Shir Produced by Maxwell Mixed by Mike Pela, Written by Maxwell and Hod David Produced by Maxwell Mixed by Mike Pela, Written by Maxwell and Hod David Produced by Maxwell and Peter Mokran Mixed by Peter Mokran, Written by Maxwell Produced by Maxwell and Peter Mokran Mixed by Peter Mokran, Produced by Maxwell Arranged by Maxwell and Federico Pena Mixed by Peter Mokran, ^shipments figures based on certification alone, "Sumthin' Sumthin'" was written by Maxwell and, The funk and gospel-influenced "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" was co-written by, Track listing and credits as per liner notes for Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite album. 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