“…but in spite all of the bullshit we on our back staring at the stars above (aww man) Talkin bout what we gonna be when we grow up I said what you wanna be, she said, “Alive”
It made me think for a minute, then looked in her eyes…”
My first song of the morning. I knew I wanted to write today, but wasn’t sure what about exactly–then this song inspired me. I don’t talk about them often, but Outkast is one of my favorite groups. I am of course partial to mostly east coast hip hop but I loved Outkast immediately. The first time I heard Players Ball and Southernplayalistic…dope. But anyways this song, titled above, I love because Andre 3000 tells a good story–his verse made me think and it made me love them even more, and of course it features Slick Rick, who is known as “The Storyteller”.
Thinking about this song, and on the slight buzz of Hip Hop Honors last night–just had me feeling very nostalgic for the music I grew up listening too. It made me realize I really appreciate hip hop that tells a story, something that is so lyrically on point yet gives you introduction, body and conclusion. I mean anyone can rap–and have a nice flow about BS, but what are you exactly saying?! if its lyrically tight and the flow is on point? If I can close my eyes and SEE it? Which brings me to one of my favorites, BIG. I love Big because he was great at telling a story. I mean one of my favorites–I Got A Story to Tell. Warning? What’s Beef? so many songs.
But back to Kast. Aquemini is my favorite album of theirs, ATLiens close second. So most of my favorites will be from these two, even though I rocked with their debut, and Speakerboxx/The Love Below–I can’t say I was too strong on Stankonia or Idlewild. sorry. I posted awhile ago about Goodie Mob and their Dungeon Family crew–and nobody commented on that post *click here*, which was pretty strange to me, but anyway…
Elevators: do I really have to even explain why I love this? I remember when this came out it was so fresh, NOTHING was out like this. Nothing. it was just so unique and I loved it. And if for nothing else this one line “if you don’t move yo feet then I don’t eat, so we like neck to neck, yes we done come a long way like them slim ass cigarettes, from Virginia, this aint gon stop, so we just gon’ still continue..”
Spottieottiedopalicious: this is probably my favorite Outkast song, if I had to choose one–its that storytelling! He’s not even rapping on this song, but the music is so dope. I think if I ever met Andre 3000 and he started talking to me, this beat would be playing in my head. have mercy! lol and Big Boi’s verse is hilarious.
Benz or Beamer: from the New Jersey Drive Soundtrack. cool video. the debut of the bankhead bounce!!!
Rosa Parks: a true dance song. I can’t hear this and not want to move…I think this was when I first really heard of “crunk”.
ATLiens: “I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails”. I really say this often in my regular life. lol
Skew it on the Bar-B: classic collabo, yall know I effs with Raeqwon! oh 3 stacks flow was so sick on this!
Return of the “G”: “peace my brother peace…but everytime I tried to get a peace of mind, niggas try to get a piece of mine, so I gotta grab my piece…”
Prototype: blogged about this one before too, its not hip hop but who the hell cares! lol.
The Way You Move: another dance track. and love Big Boi’s flow.and I just love the hell outta Sleepy Brown. Where is he? “I can’t wait” is my jam! still. I’m really gonna go buy his new CD when it comes out (I think) cuz that’s my dude.
Hollywood Divorce: dope track, dope features. only really good ish on Idlewild. lmao
So Fresh, So Clean: this song always makes me think of my block show, this was one of our line’s greeting songs. Never forget that day, we were so hyped for our intro on this! moving on…ok so there’s ONE song from Stankonia.
and here’s another song from Stankonia, I liked it but it really wasn’t a favorite. This is back when you could make songs about your ex thats also in the industry and it not be messy.
“you can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather”
“forever, forever ever? forever ever?” -another classic line. *sigh* I miss college. and good hip hop! viva la 90’s!
I know I left out a lot, so what are you favorite OutKast songs?