What can I say about the greatest group these ears have ever heard?
When did you fall in love with OutKast?
Glad you asked. I fell in love with Outkast with their masterpiece Aquemini. That album is my Sgt Pepper. Let me give you some background. I first heard of OutKast in middle school. A kid was wearing a t-shirt with the album cover of Southernplayalistic....I ask my friend Raymond Raymos who was that he said, "That's OutKast. They from Atlanta, but they are good." During that time the only way to get air play was to either be from New York or LA. Fast forward to summer of '96. "Elevators (Me and You)" was in heavy rotation on MTV. That video played all summer long. My friend Andre bought the CD and we would listen to it just about every morning before school. Fast forward '98 the highly anticipated release of Aquemini was at hand. As a subscription holder of The Source I read the 5 mic article. Later, I would cut out the article and paste it to my school binder. After read the feature on the group and the article about the their latest volume of word, I hate to admit but I was still skeptical of them worthy of 5 mics. The last person to get five mics was B.I.G. before him was A tribe called Quest with their back to back works, and before them was Ice Cube. By this time I had to hear the album because "Rosa Parks" was all over the airwaves and "Skew it on the bar-b" was on video rotation. Well, we going to drive to TX from FL for Xmas and I needed something to listen to. I asked my friend John to borrow his CD so I could copy it. John is a white boy with Redneck tendencies. He drinks heavily, wear a fatigue hat with a hook on it, and does dip. His father was County Manager so John was about as Redneck as The Pope is Muslim. I ask John is the album good. He said, "Rosa Parks is the worst song." Well, I took that to mean. Since I like "Rosa Parks" then every song must be banging. I made a copy of the Cd to a tape for my Walkman. I didn't listen to it until we were on the road and I was out of options. I did this on purpose so I could give the album my full attention. See usually when you get a CD you don't really listen to it until your driving or cleaning the house or whatever. I pressed play and heard the melodic tones of "Hold On, Be Strong" by the time I got "Synthesizer", this was my favorite album ever. I read in the article from The Source that "West Savannah" was taken off Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and I'm wondering to myself why. As Big Boi spits about where he's from. As the albums ends, I haven't fast forward not even to skip the skits, and I'm having a hard deciding what song is my favorite. I come to the realization that I LOVE OUTKAST. That my friends is when I fell in love and spread the gospel of Aquemini.