40 Songs, 2 Hours 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

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. 

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