"I Got What It Takes was released in early April of 1975. It wasn’t an immediate success, and didn’t dramatically relaunch Koko’s career. That happened with her second Alligator album, 1978’s The Earthshaker. I Got What It Takes earned more road gigs for her, but she still needed to make money from day to day. When she was in town, she would go to day labor agencies and ride out to clean hotel rooms near O’Hare Airport. Eventually her talent, charisma and indomitable spirit won her an intensely loyal audience. She went on to cut seven more Alligator albums and tour all across the U.S.A., as well as playing throughout Europe and even touring New Zealand. I Got What It Takes was a major step toward her becoming blues royalty."