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While it showed the growing divide between André 3000 and Big Boi (and presaged their long hiatus), OutKast's fifth studio effort was a highwater mark for the group all the same. It was essentially two solo albums: André's The Love Below and Big Boi's Speakerboxx, packaged as a double record. Two of OutKast's most enduring and innovative tunes are here: Big Boi's "The Way You Move" (a '70s funk throwback in the style of Cameo and Chic) and "Hey Ya" (André 3000's kaleidoscopic, decade-defining rave-up). Selling more than 10 million copies, Speakerboxx/The Love Below was OutKast's least classically hip-hop album to date; it was an ambitious amalgam of funk, soul, R&B, disco, and rock (try classifying the snarky kiss-off "Roses"). In mashing up so many sounds so successfully, the album closed the door on hip-hop's boom-bap '90s period, ushering in an era of sonic cross-pollination between hip-hop and pop that persisted into the next decade. Awarded a GRAMMY® for Album of the Year in 2004, this was one of OutKast's (and pop music's) finest hours. 

Customer Reviews

This album is so sic!

This is not only one album but two for the price of one. What more could anyone ask for. The southern beats and funky fresh lyrics to every single song is incredible. Outkast has definetely made another classic album, well-deserving of tons of praise.

I don't care what they say

The cd has some of there best stuff and :) f$@k the haters

a original OutKast fan's seal of approval

I decided to keep this quick.
YES outkast's sound is evolving.
YES they sound different than they did when they first started, but there is nothing wrong with that.
I love their older music (Aquemini is one of my most treasured rap albums) but I am not turned off by their new album. Speakerboxxx has a much more traditional outkast feel to it, clean production, hard lyrics, and a overall gangster vibe. It is a fine album, but in my opinion, is shadowed by the tower that The Love Below is. While Speakerboxx is more a creation of Big Boi, The Love Below is Andres 3000 creative outlet.
Some songs arent that spectacular on the album, but some are sublime, and with 21 songs, the few lackluster songs don't have much of a presence overall. Songs like Pink and Blue and Take Off Your Cool have seemingly gone unnoticed by John Q Musiclistener, which is a travesty. Andre exhibits some extremely talented and creative production on his half of the album.

in short, this album is different, but its not a bad thing.

I have been a Outkast fan for over 10 years, and I approve of this album.


Formed: 1992 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

OutKast's blend of gritty Southern soul, fluid raps, and the low-slung funk of their Organized Noize production crew epitomized the Atlanta wing of hip-hop's rising force, the Dirty South, during the mid to late '90s. Along with Goodie Mob, OutKast took Southern hip-hop in bold and innovative directions: less reliance on aggression, more positivity and melody, thicker arrangements, and intricate lyrics. After Dré and Big Boi hit number one on the rap charts with their first single, "Player's Ball,"...
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