This one takes me back, not necessarily to when this LP came out (1998), but when I saw Outkast live for the first and probably the last time ever.
I had the opportunity to see them headline Firefly in 2014 during their reunion tour. The experience itself was mind-blowing to say the least, but I remember before going to the festival I made it a point to familiarize myself with their entire catalog since I only really knew the hits.
After listening to every album they’ve ever put out, I became an even bigger fan of Outkast, and I discovered which album of theirs was my favorite: Aquemini. Before even knowing about this album I only knew of one song from it and it was ‘Rosa Parks’ (“everybody move to the back of the bus”). After sitting with all of their music I then decided
Before even knowing about this album I only knew of one song from it and it was ‘Rosa Parks’ (“everybody move to the back of the bus”). After sitting with all of their music I then decided Aquemini, which is the fused zodiac signs of Outkast’s members Big Boi and Andre 3000. Besides
Besides Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, I probably enjoy most of the songs from this album more than any other album they’ve done. And if you ask me, I think their collaborative career ended too soon.
Big Boi is still making music by himself and has even done a collaborative album with alternative band Phantogram. While Andre 3000 has not put out a solo project since Outkast’s fallout, he has appeared on various songs for guest verses. Moreso focusing on his acting career recently, we still are waiting on whether or not Andre will ever put out a solo album. I really hope he does because to me, he is one of the best MC’s of all time.
While we probably will never hear new music from Outkast ever again as a unit, I feel as though their catalog is impressive enough for them to be considered one of the greatest hip-hop groups ever.
Residing from Atlanta, they truly transcended what southern hip-hop sounded at the time and even today’s Atlanta sound (they coined the term ATLiens for a reason). Especially when you hear hip-hop out of Atlanta today (Future, Young Thug and Migos) you can tell that the current “ATLiens” did not evolve directly from Outkast’s sound.
The only artists from Atlanta I can think about who were influenced by their eccentric sound are Childish Gambino and Raury.
The title track ‘Aquemini’ is definitely a favorite of mine from this LP, as well as ‘Da Art of Storytellin (Pt. 1)’ which was sampled by J.Cole on his Born Sinner album.
The stand-out from this album, though, and what made me even want to purchase this on vinyl, is the 7-minute long ‘SpottieOttieDopalicious’. If there is one song from this album you should listen to, that’s it.
The incredible thing about that track is that there is no rapping, just prose from each artist over a mellow instrumental. And the best part is that I got to see them perform it live!
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