The Top Ten OutKast songs of all-time.
May 25, 2005 (Updated May 31, 2005)
Popular Products in MusicThe Bottom Line With anticipation for a new album mounting I feel the best way to prepare for the future is to look back. Hence, this summary of OutKast's greatest works.
OutKast is one of those groups that seems to have been around forever and has yet to really sell out, an amazing feat in today's music industry, especially hip-hop. They promise to return to their hip-hop roots with their next album and I can only wonder what direction its gonna go. Hopefully the only guests will be the Dungeon Family and not Lil' Jon or David Banner.
Anyways, here is my opinion on the top ten OutKast songs of all-time, it took me a couple days to be sure if my list was right and I feel pretty confident that is.
And the list....
10. Roses - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
The bouncy retro third single off the grammy winning Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, who hasn't heard this. If you haven't, then you were obviously in a coma. Although most of this album was a drag, this was one of the major highlights. The only actual collabo for the duo, Andre uses his singing method and delivers witty catchy lines. Big Boi spits his semi-rapid fire, well thought out verse and proves that he is still one of the best.
9. Ms. Jackson - Stankonia
Once again, who hasn't heard this. I recall back in 2000 everyone in junior high was singing this tune, even in Boise freakin Idaho. This story of a hostile mother of a baby's mother is filled with regret but the tempo and feel of this track gets your head moving, despite its depressing nature.
8. Chonkyfire - Aquemini
The closer to one of my favorite albums of all-time, this up-tempo piece is nothing short of sublime. The beat is hypnotic and a definite neck breaker. With the beat changing halfway through to a more classical piano style for Big Boi to completely shred the mic with his attack on wack rappers.
7. Atliens - Atliens
The title track and second single off a tremendous second LP released back in 1996. The production creates 'out of this world' feeling with its use of weird synthesizers and clicky sounds. Of course Big Boi and Andre spit well thought out lyrics and combine that with an overly simple hook, "Now throw your hands in ai-errr/ and wave 'em like you just don't carrree."
6. Rosa Parks - Aquemini
"Ah-Ha hush that fuss/ everybody move to the back of the bus" If you don't know that line than you are one of those new OutKast fans. With a destincly southern beat and prophetic lyrics, this semi-party track is smooth and provoking.
5. Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac) - Atliens
With one of the best beats OutKast has ever used, they kick off their ATLiens album with this awesome battle rap. This song is perfect for driving in the summertime with its spacey production and the duo's calm laid back delivery along with some awesome battle lyrics.
4. B.O.B. - Stankonia
This high paced piece is sure to break your neck due to overuse. Their skills are on showcase here for the world to see as they effortlessly keep pace with beat with some more excellent lyricism, and who could forget that weird video.
3. Spottieottiedopaliscious - Aquemini
One of the weirdest moments in OutKast's strange oddessey. The marching band kicks this one off with some brass along with more atmospheric production. Big Boi and Andre really try to tap your brain here with their story telling in a spoken word kind of delivery. I really enjoy Big Boi's creative and witty metaphors about his lust for a spottieottiedopaliscious angel. This is a must hear.
2. Jazzy Belle - Atliens
With an allegory approach, and the skill to accel at making it work, OutKast creates an awesome track that depicts hip-hop as a female. The lyrics are as deep as it gets in rap but even with that being said this track is nothing without the tremendous production. Organized Noise really out does themselves here creating an eerily haunting beat completed with a beautiful female vocal sample that just raises the hair on my arm.
1. Da Art of Storytellin' (Pt. 1) - Aquemini
Another up tempo track with one of my favorite beats, bar none. This song is obviously a story rap with Andre stealing the show with his verse about Sasha Thumper. One of my favorite lines, "I said what cha' wanna be, she said alive/ it made me think for a minute then looked in her eye, i could've died" Big Boi doesn't come weak though, not at all but Andre's verse gives me chills, which is a plus. The barely audible bongos in the back ground give this track a nice touch as well. I love it.
There you have it, me epinion on OutKast's greatest songs. It was a hard list to come up with, I had to leave many classics out such as "Skew it on the Bar-B", "Elevators", "Git Up, Git Out", "Ain't No Thang", "So Fresh, So Clean" and the list goes on and on.
I know others have to have an opinion on this so comment your hearts out.