Back in 1994 a duo from Atlanta burst onto the hip hop scene with a classic debut album titled “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” (Southern Playalistic Cadillac Music). Although their sound has changed on every album, Outkast has always remained funky, bold, and innovative. Outkast has maintained both commercial success and critical acclaim throughout the years. Today, Outkast is not only one of the most recognizable names in hip hop, but also in music in general. The duo consisting of Antwan Patton and Andre Benjamin (better known as Big Boi and Dre or Andre 3000), are two of the most creative figures in modern music.
Technically Outkast has released 8 CDs. Their discography includes “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”, “ATLiens”, “Aquemini”, “Stankonia”, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below”, “Idlewild”, and a greatest hits album-“Big Boi and Dre PresentÃ¢Â?Â¦Outkast”. The following is a list of the 10 best songs from the Outkast Catalogue.
Some of Outkast’s biggest commercial hits including: “Hey Ya”, “Elevators”, and “B.O.B.” have been left off of my list. While those are all great songs, I feel they have better ones that did not get as much radio play. In my opinion, these are Outkast’s 10 best songs…
10) Jazzy Belle Remix
The original version of “Jazzy Belle” appeared on Outkast’s 1996 release “ATLiens”. For the remix they switched the beat slightly by adding some record scratches and altering the bass line. They also added Babyface to the track to sing the chorus.
“Jazzy Belle” is a track centered on women. The track offers insight on relationships. The beat is melodic, and Andre and Big Boi both express themselves vividly on this track. Although this song may irritate some women, Kast is just speaking their minds.
9) Da Art of Storytellin Part II
The sequel to “Aquenimi’s” “Da Art of Storytellin” gets me amped every time I hear it. This is a very fast paced song with a lot of energy. It is a rather short song, but I like both the beat and lyrics to this song. The lyrics are rather abstract, but Outkast does abstract well.
Another track from the 1996 classic “ATLiens” makes the list. The chorus to “Millennium” is simply Andre mumbling “uh uh uh uh”, but it actually sounds good. Dre also laces his verse on this song which is primarily about dealing with frustrationÃ¢Â?Â¦
Me and everything around me, is unstable like Chernobyl
Ready to go at any moment, jumpin like a pogo stick
Life never lived up to my expectations, so I accept the patient
Expect the worse but now I’m pacin
Back and forth, inside, I’m melting like water on wicked witches
A monster truck done came and ran over my picket fences
I had the best of life in my clinches but monkey wrenches was thrown
Like chairs kings sit on, my prayers seem to long
I fall asleep before the endin, don’t even get to say Amen
I hope He understand I be on bended knees
At times, I think I’m crazy, so I say forget it
Or maybe it’s the devil infiltrating and like Riddick…Bowe
I’ve been fighting this since them fetus days
I count from one to twenty, when I’m through, repeat the phrase
It’s just a phase, it’s gon all pass, but that gets old too
I’m weakening like a deacon doin dirt
What am I supposed to do?
This horn packed anthem appears on “Aquemini”. This is a laid back track that features some smooth r & b vocals and a lot of horns. Andre and Big Boi don’t really rap on this track, they just speak their lyrics. This is a great song to chill out to, and words can’t really do it justice.
The title track to Outkast’s 1998 release comes in at number 6. This is a slower paced song with some introspective lyricsÃ¢Â?Â¦
we missed a lot of church so the music is our confessional
Sin all depends on what you believing in
Faith is what you make it that’s the hardest shit since MC Ren
Another track from “Aquemini” lands the number 5 spot. With a feel-good beat, and some addictive background vocals I had to include “Slump” on my list. Dre does not appear on this song, but Dungeon Family Members Backbone and Cool Breze are featured on the track. This song sounds like it is from the “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” Era.
4) 2 Dope Boyz in a Cadillac
This Outkast smooth and spaced out jam with a braggadocio title also appears on “ATLiens”. This song has a very harmonious beat.
3) Ms. Jackson
Ms Jackson is a unique track dealing with the drama that exists in modern relationships. Andre spits another classic verse on this songÃ¢Â?Â¦
Ten times out of nine, now if I’m lyin; fine
The quickest muzzle throw it on my mouth and I’ll decline
King meets queen, then the puppy love thing, together dream
bout that crib with the Goodyear swing
on the oak tree, I hope we feel like this forever
Forever, forever, ever, forever, ever?
Forever never seems that long until you’re grown
And notice that the day by day ruler can’t be too wrong
Ms. Jackson my intentions were good I wish I could
become a magician to abacadabra all the sadder
thoughts of me, thoughts of she, thoughts of he
Askin what happened to the feelin that her and me
Had, I pray so much about it need some knee, pads
It happened for a reason one can’t be, mad
So know this, know that everything is cool
And yes I will be present on the first day of school,
2) Player’s Ball
This was Outkast’s first hit single. This song was on their debut album “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”. With a soulful beat, and some fresh lyrics “Player’s Ball” was one of Billboard’s biggest hits in 1994.
The title track to their best CD is in my opinion the greatest song Outkast ever recorded. I’ll let Big Boi and Andre break it downÃ¢Â?Â¦
Well it’s the M – I – crooked letter, ain’t no one better
And when I’m on the microphone you best to wear your sweater
Cause I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails
Oh hell, there he go again talkin that shit
Bend, corner’s like I was a curve, I struck a nerve
And now you bout to see this Southern playa serve
Softly as if I played piano in the dark
Found a way to channel my anger not to embark
The world’s a stage and everybody’s got to play their part
God works in mysterious ways so when he starts
the job of speakin through us we be so sincere with this here
No drugs or alcohol so I can get the signal clear