Official Outkast News
On this day (alright it was actually tomorrow but no one will be here at Outkast.com to post about it) in Outkast history, “Big Boi and Dre Present…Outkast” was released.
“Big Boi and Dre Present…” did three things, all of them were absolutely key for the development of the group. First, it gave all their new fans a history lesson. It showed that Outkast was making classics long before “Ms. Jackson”. Second, it demonstrated that they were still growing, with three new tracks, including “The Whole World”, one of their most challenging hits (and it was a big hit), with its bizarre rhythm, freaky chorus, and cryptic raps about September 11th and its immediate aftermath.
Finally, the three new tracks (“The Whole World”, “Funkin Around” and “Movin Cool (The After Party)”) gave long-time Outkast fans something to chew on until the release of the monster “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” double album, which wouldn’t come out for another two years.
Everyone got something. New fans got a lesson in classic Outkast, and old fans got new music that continued to push the boundaries of hip-hop.
What was your favorite part of the album? Do you feel like it was an accurate representation of their career? Discuss right here in the comments.
This Halloween will mark the 10 YEAR anniversary of Outkast’s 2000 album, Stankonia. 10 years kids. That’s nuts considering how often we still reference this album today. Its far from obsolete…in fact, the chorus to Big Boi’s new track “Daddy Fat Sax” is built from Big and B-Real’s rhymes on “Xplosion”, which was already a great song, now given new life on Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.
It was also the album that had the most Outkast “hits”. Think about it – “So Fresh, So Clean”, “B.O.B.”, goddamn “Ms. Jackson”, a song that, if there is any justice in the world, will live on every “Top Ten Rap Songs of All Time” list…for all time. Still blending their own freaky styles, they proved that freaky could be popular long before the Lady Gagas of the world. None of the songs on Stankonia, especially “Ms. Jackson” compromised their sound for one split second, and the whole world loved it – from the hood, to the suburbs. From yourself to your grandma, everyone was singing that “Forever? Forever ever? Forever ever?”
In addition to the hits that ended up on the radio, tracks like “Humble Mumble”, “Gasoline Dreams”, and “B.O.B.” were real, actual next steps for the hip hop genre, and ten years later, rappers are still trying to replicate that style.
Alright, this Halloween, let Stankonia be your soundtrack. Dress up like Andre and dress your girl up like the one printed on the CD and celebrate 10 stankin-ass years of Stankonia.
Also, share some of your favorite moments from the album in the comments, here’s a start.
1. One minute 35 seconds into “Humble Mumble”
2. “Takin them hoes to the cheesecake factory, lettin them hoes order strawberry lemonade and popcorn shrimp, they ain’t gonna do nothin but try and get all your motherf&%@in’ cheese!” -“We Luv Deez Hoez”
3. The video for “So, Fresh, So Clean”
With Halloween coming up, Westword.com put together this list of the “Ten Greatest Monster Songs that Aren’t Monster Mash” and “Dracula’s Wedding” from here, and the “Land of a Million Drums” video below.
Outkast.com now has an official fan blogger. Bracin3000 will be checking in every once in awhile to post questions for discussion, take suggestions for content, and write blogs here on the homepage. He’s a living ‘Kast encyclopedia, so make sure to show him some love, and if there is anything you want to hear his thoughts on, send him a message.
His first topic for discussion is up now in the community section.
Have you been dying to see a live performance of “You Ain’t No DJ” WITH Yelawolf? Well look no further than this video from the BET Hip Hop Awards. “I stole your couch and I took your truck to move it with…”
Big Boi is hosting a DJ Contest for all the real DJ’s out there. Check out his video introduction right here and head to Big Boi’s Site for more info about the competition and your chance to win Stankonia’s Own Boombox and some signed vinyl.
Big drops yet another amazing video from Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, this time for “You Ain’t No DJ”, the track produced by Andre 3000. The production values are a little higher on this one, with the world at the mercy of a REAL DJ (no instant replay, no “fuckin mixtapes”) and an appearance from Yelawolf. Check it out below.
On August 27, 1996, ATLiens was released. If Southernplayalisitccadillacmuzik put Outkast on the map, then this album put them on a different planet. It still had that oh-so-solid Organized Noize production, but Big and Dre’s otherworldly lyrical concepts were starting to stretch out, as was their almost-perfect attention to detail that eventually rose up fully formed on Aquemini. Its a perfect bridge between their beginning and their future, and damn its a sturdy one. If its been a minute, go back now and give it a re-listen. You won’t be disappointed.
To celebrate the release of this classic, we at Outkast.com have come up with some of the best moments from the album. Enjoy and if you don’t own it yet, buy ATLiens in the official Outkast store now.
Click “Read More” to see the Top 5 Moments From ATLiens…
5. Big Rube on “13th Floor/Getting Older”
Its not official until Big Rube speaks, and any time he opens his mouth, genius comes out. This poem/speech/rap/verse/whatever you call it is no different. When he opens up with the instruction to “Conceive true deception and multiply it a million-fold… Visualize the yin and yang in a battle so intense that we get ’em confused”, you can almost hear your own brain frying.
4. Big and Dre splitting verses on “Wheels of Steel”
Outkast is one entity, two complimentary forces that connect and collide to create something gorgeous, like the verses on this track. Whenever anyone talks about Outkast being a “duo”, THIS is what they are referring to, whether they know it or not. This track is the best example of their amazing interplay up to this point. The way the verse switches between Big and Dre without missing a beat sounds like one being spitting from two faces.
3. That Noise on “Elevators”
You know which noise we’re talking about. That little beep that pops up every once in awhile. Take that dubbed out bleep away and the song loses something vital (case in point: just listen to the “DNP 86” remix of the track) , especially in the chorus. You know every time you sing “Slammin cadillac doors” out loud you either hear that little beep in your head or you even sing it out loud. It first pops up at :39 seconds in this video.
2. Dre’s second verse on “Babylon”
Dre’s verses on this track, especially the second verse where he details a young man’s “sinful” discovery of the female species, are revolutionary. “They call it horny because its devilish.” It was pretty clear that he was pushing his creative limits on that verse, something he would continue to do throughout his career. “Babylon” was one of his early tastes of the infinite.
1. Big Boi’s opening verse on “ATLiens”
Just as “Babylon” was to Dre, “ATLiens” was to Big Boi. He took another huge leap forward with his style right out the gate on this track, jumping back and forth across the beat, switching speeds, linking his lines together in ways that no one had heard before. Observe:
Well its the M-I-Crooked letter/ ain’t no one better/
And when i’m on the microphone you better wear your sweater/
Cuz i’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails/
There he go again…talkin that shit/
Corners like I was a curb/
I struck a nerve/ And now you ’bout to hear the southern player serve…
And it goes on and on…actually, both verses here are some of the best raps ever put on wax, but there is just something about the innovation in that opening verse. Set the bar even higher for any rapper to come afterward.
Alright, now go play the damn album and discuss YOUR favorite moments right here in the comments. Enjoy it, and stay tuned for more right here.
Myspace just posted their newest edition of “Rewind”, a feature where they tell the stories behind the best albums of all time. This time they chose Stankonia (which will turn 10 years old this year) and put together an amazing article about the history of the album with interviews from Big Boi, Cee-Lo, Rico from Organized Noize, and more. It’s crazy, and its definitely worth reading to learn a little more about one of the greatest records of all time.
Pitchfork just posted their professional quality video of Big Boi doing “Shutterbugg” at the Pitchfork Music Festival…and its slightly better than the FlipCam version we posted. Check it out below.
Dre opens this one up with one of the most vicious rhymes he’s ever done. Years later, you can still find something new with each listen to this ever-shifting masterpiece.
Lets talk about time travelin/ Rhyme javelin/ Something mind unravelin/ GET DOWN