Fittingly, when the tour rolls to a stop, it transitions into another lesson on the “Da Art of Storytellin’ (Part I).” —Daniel Chin. Billboard 200 chart, selling over 530,000 copies the first week. The solo cut is a painting of Big Boi’s roots and origin story, and is one of dozens of examples of Outkast’s masterful storytelling. True to their name, they were outcasts, even if they gave the world no choice but to embrace them. Big Boi reminisces about receiving a key to Atlanta even as he’s still dealing with everything from the mundane (paying taxes) to the all too common (racial profiling). But ultimately it came from a place of worry—for both society and, crucially, himself. BUT REALLY, “The Way You Move” was understood to be Big Boi’s debut as a solo artist, similar to how “Hey Ya” was understood to be André 3000’s debut as a solo artist, which also came from the same double album and had been released a month earlier. When their single “One Nation” hit, rather than create a new mythology around it, the group leaned into the theme of accessibility, buying the stock of Army-Navy outlets to fill their wardrobe as they went out on what he called the “Anti-Tour,” creating fashion along the way. I ain’t fuckin’ with that no mo’.” But even if they felt it, it didn’t deter them. Friday at 2 p.m. The other started breeding pit bulls. To mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Stankonia,’ we’re counting down the top songs in André 3000 and Big Boi’s shared catalog. One moment, Big Boi is comparing his rapping skills to a “polar bear’s toenails,” while André is pondering the future of the human race. The instrumental is anthemic—kudos to the syrupy, orchestral vibes—laying the foundation for the duo to nullify any of the asinine side-eyes and shade they were getting from their haters/critics. Year-End Hot 100 Songs; Year-End Billboard 200 Albums; 2020 Year-End Boxscore; Google's Top Hummed Songs 2020; All Year-End Charts; DECADE-END . —Fujimoto, “Jazzy Belle” is a bit of a deep cut off of Outkast’s sophomore effort, ATLiens, but it showcases André 3000 and Big Boi doing what they do best. That’s clearly evident in this track, and it also encompasses the trajectory of the rest of their immaculate career. By 2000, Outkast was as American as flammable liquids and fruit-filled pastry, but the group’s magnum opus, Stankonia, felt indebted to a creeping realization. It also briefly served as a war cry for the most unjust war this country has ever waged, in the same way that “Born in the U.S.A.” is an anthem at Republican rallies. This song, which was released on 2006’s bittersweet blowout Idlewild but had been originally produced years before that, is a sonic mosaic and an extended musical universe unto itself, even if it somehow never climbed above 95th on the Hot 100 and never made the rap charts at all. It’s gangsta rap for the South. Much has been said about Dre’s “The South Got Somethin’ to Say” moment at the 1995 Source Awards, but little attention is paid to the purple dashiki he wore as he issued his rebel yell. So, I assume it’s all a big misunderstanding. Sonically, “Gasoline Dreams” is akin to the gates of hell opening as André’s yelp about losing balance converges with wailing guitars. "Hey Ya!" —Murdock, For a long time, Killer Mike was hard to pin down. Outkast’s catalog contains multitudes—Stankonia’s Afrofuturism sounds nothing like Aquemini’s mystical Southern drawl, which sounds nothing like the space-age boom-bap of ATLiens or the Cadillac-trunk-rattling bass of their debut. You’re allowed your preference, and if you choose “Player’s Ball” or “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” as your platonic ideal of an Outkast song, you’re not wrong. Outkast thrives when the juxtaposition of Big Boi and 3K is put on display and Two Dope Boyz does that perfectly in under three minutes. And more than that, Big Boi was going to shine. To Big Boi’s credit, he backs up his partner by comparing Outkast’s detractors to Rumpelstiltskin and then throws in a bar about a Dan Brown novel. The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards. It builds a stage on which André plays eight different Beatles-like musicians. It's all here. But on “Skew It on the Bar-B,” the Chef definitely didn’t seem out of his element surrounded by some ATLiens. And of course they’d eventually release it as a single, except they’d make sure to not make it the first single, because that’s what everybody else would’ve done, and Outkast is not everybody else. The Ringer’s 50 Best Outkast Songs, Ranked. They were just 19 years old, fresh out of high school and just beginning their recording career. Inspired in part by André’s fraught romance with Erykah Badu (and his consequently chilly relationship with her mother), the bulletproof Stankonia smash swings wildly from his wistful vulnerability (“Forever? —Murdock. “Gangsta Shit,” buried 20 songs into the album, isn’t as flashy or iconic, but is just as adventurous, managing to do that Stankonia thing where it’s incredibly busy with diverse sound—guitars, drums, synths, whinier synths, layered vocals—but not claustrophobic. They too leaned into accessibility: It’s like a dream sequence, where a spindly André and a noticeably young-in-the-face Big Boi can have all of their friends together for a well-dressed, multi-course feast because they’re all alive, not just because it’s Christmas. —Keith Fujimoto. To mark the 20th anniversary of ‘Stankonia,’ we’re counting down the top songs in André 3000 and Big Boi’s shared catalog. Starting with Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, when they presented themselves to the world as conscious pimps, the duo made clear they wanted to break the mold. It’s not their best album (that’s Aquemini) and it’s not the one that made them household names your mom would recognize (that’s the one with “Hey Ya!”), but it is their most daring, influential effort. “B.O.B.” is explosive; at 155 beats per minute, it’s faster than practically any rap song you’d ever heard to that point, and it feels even faster—a runaway freight train, except your conductors are either dressed like Jimi Hendrix or wearing Mitchell & Ness. They’re motherfucking Outkast. My guess is we’d do a lot less of that without “B.O.B.” But beyond the experimentation, the influence, the glowing studio room of it all, “B.O.B.” is an excellent song. André agrees, then adds that they also need “some space, futuristic-type” things, barking that people (or, more specifically, rap in general) is “scared of that.” To which Big Boi responds, “All right then, let’s do both of them.” And then that’s exactly what the fuck they do. The song broke barriers and challenged what constituted hip-hop music. Over an urgent, face-bashing beat—that screech was lifted from a few seconds buried in Miles Davis’s “Sivad”—both André and Big Boi go two-for-two on verses dripping in aggression, confidence, and wordplay. But as ATLiens’ “Mainstream” suggests, “everything ain’t always peaches and cream,” especially when one is on the ascent. Baby, she bought herself a ‘Ms. For nearly four minutes, the larger-than-life characteristics of André and Big Boi begin to form. Somewhere along the line, André pursued other forms of transportation, but in this preposterously funky song off of Speakerboxxx, Big Boi asserts that we can still call him the gangsta mack in a Cadillac. You could say the very same thing about the figures behind it. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik drops in the fall of ’94 and Big and Dre are both a whopping ... 19 years old. Music by OutKast has been featured in the Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives soundtrack, Teenage Bounty Hunters soundtrack and Saints Row IV soundtrack. You can view Outkast’s second-to-last album as the beginning of the breakup of one of the most brilliant duos of all time—or as the start of Big Boi’s exceptional solo career. There were bigger songs like that on Stankonia, like “So Fresh, So Clean,” “B.O.B.,” and “Ms. “Mainstream” pushes back on the notion, showing that no matter how far Dre and Big Boi get, they’re still two dudes from the A. The song—Stankonia’s third and final single—was the brainchild of Organized Noize’s Rico Wade, who came up with the iconic melody while in the shower one evening. —Charles Holmes, In 2003, The Love Below was the toast of critics. I'm sorry Ms. Jackson (Oooooo)/ I am four eels/ Never meant to make your daughter cry/ I am several fish and not a guy, A thing that has been lost during all of this Outkast talk is how deliberate and intentional the group always seemed to be, even in their earliest days, which is the surest sign of their genius. For-ever-ever?”) to Big Boi’s brash defiance, echoing one of Badu’s biggest hits in his climactic verse that hits like a ton of bricks (“You keep on singin’ the same song / Let bygones be bygones, and you can go on and get the hell on / You and your mama”) even if you’ve heard this song a trillion times. Each rapper glitters individually, but they become more fascinating when juxtaposed with each other. Sure, others had experimented with the form before, but never like this. He spins a tale about their connection, her life, how he used to hope she would appear at one of their concerts. The media has shucked and jived, politicians are modern-day magicians, and war is always followed by horror and sorrow. —Shea Serrano, Outkast had successfully integrated funk into hip-hop long before, but Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the natural conclusion of those efforts, and “Prototype” is perhaps the best example of that end point. In that case, there was a copyright involved, and if André and Antwan had never heard of Glenn & Co., they knew it was best to stay away. —Gruttadaro, As legendary Wu-Tang member Raekwon tells it, before this song no one in the East Coast was listening to any rappers from the South. It’s surprising and not in the oh-shit-that-ghost-popped-out-of-that-lady’s-soul kind of way. But when they called their shot in 1994, they didn’t know what that future held, just that they needed to get there. But Sleepy Brown’s stupendously chill chorus (love the whispered “It’s the master plan!”) is all you really need to know about both the problem and the solution. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. The vocals in its chorus sound like a choir of friendly ghosts. The other two fought against the current of the track’s fidgety bass line and hi-hat. Apologies if it already is. Writing about Outkast is hard.) 34399 Followers. Listen free to OutKast – Stankonia (Intro, Gasoline Dreams (with Khujo Goodie) and more). Last February, just before his 78th birthday, George Clinton talked about adaptability as the trick to timelessness. It’s an arrival. But let’s not forget the other regional coup: Outkast making better Dr. Dre albums than Dr. Dre could manage after The Chronic. 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