Outkast

“Marijuana Illegal, But Cigarettes Cool. I Might Look Kinda Funny, But I Ain’t No Fool…”

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Ranking Outkast's top 20 songs is a task I'd never give even my worst enemy.

The 30 Day Song Challenge

The 30 Day Song Challenge: Day 19 – A Song From Your Favorite Album

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/8-things-i-do-because-of-outkast"> "When I first met my SpottieOttieDopaliscious Angel, I can remember that damn thing like yesterday..." Pages, dare I say volumes, of TSS have been devoted not just to Outkast, but to <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/aquemini">Aquemini</a> as a stand-alone work.

The FADER

The Week That Was: The “Thank Me Now” Edition

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/review-of-drakes-thank-me-later"> -- Drake won over big in the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/drake-sells-462k-in-his-first-week">court of public opinion</a>, as well as the <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/review-of-drakes-thank-me-later">critical ears</a> of the review crew.

SMOKE BREAK

The Story Of OutKast’s Aquemini

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/06/the-making-of-outkasts-aquemini"> There's not much the majority of us here - neither writers nor readers - agree on. But <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/aquemini">Aquemini</a> may be the closest topic which a common ground can be found.

The iPod Shuffle

The iPod Shuffle – “Da Art Of Storytellin’ (Part 2)”

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/01/an-open-letter-to-big-boi-and-andre-3000"> For a long time, I never quite understood the relationship between the two parts of "Da Art of Storytellin’." It dawned on me one day that the two songs tell the same story. The same stories of deconstruction that plague Suzy Screw and her partner Sasha in "Part One" are happening to Mother Nature in "Part Two." Decay, the ills of the human condition and betrayal are all tropes that permeate both tracks. In part two, Three Stacks (no relation to Kat) reprises his role as the omniscient on-looker, witnessing the downfall of Sasha Thumper and miscreants gang-raping Mother Nature. His story is standard 3000, full of science-fiction, Technicolor, acid-filled rain, and detesting of silly mortals. Big Boi, on the other hand, rolls up the worst in all of us into three lines: "The sky is fallin nobody ballin they done gave back they guns For some tickets to the playoffs but the Hornets they won Nigga we slum, kept all the guns, I gotta protect my family" The despair, negativity and callousness of these lines area a triple-dose of hopelessness: The hood turned in guns for playoff tickets. Good. But the Hawks didn’t make it to the playoffs. Bad. Big still kept all the guns anyway for his family’s protection. Terrible. Just as Big and Dre united to create this masterpiece, the fates and human nature's capacity for bad come together to create a terrible situation for Atlanta's youth. Of all the lines in the part two, these are the most apocalyptic and miserable. They highlight the fact that yes, the uncontrollable may be our downfall, but it's human actions and missteps that will ultimately do us in. It is a masterful turn that truncates society’s downfall into three bars. When 2012 comes, I’ll be playing this track back, rapping along and waiting for the end. <a href="http://www.snapdrive.net/files/630962/10%20Da%20Art%20of%20Storytellin%27%20%28Pt.%202%29.mp3">Outkast - "Da Art Of Storytellin' (Part 2)"</a> | <a href="http://www.mediafire.com/?3yzkm2onzw1">Download</a>.

Outkast

ATLiens x Aquemini

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<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/outkast-atliens-aquemini.jpg"></a>Words by Landon A.

VIDEOS

“Put Some Soul In It…”

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If you don't respect Cee-Lo Green's musical talents, or shall I say '<a href="http://uproxx.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/album-cee-lo-green-and-his-perfect-imperfections.jpg">perfect imperfections</a>', there's a slim chance I may lose respect for you musically.

The Love Below

“Gangsta Sh#t…” – André 3000′s 5 Hardest Verses

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I had the misfortune of catching <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2009/07/eminem-warning-mariah-nick-diss">Eminem’s best friend’s</a> show, Wild N’ Out, a few days ago and Big Boi was a guest host.

#Jay Z

September 29th, 1998

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We need a September 29th, 1998.

Trouble Man OST

Run It Back…

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It's a good thing we're beyond the days of the cassette tape.


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