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Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below

R&B and Rap & Hip-Hop album by Outkast

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Slept on mostly...

  • Dec 29, 2009
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Speakerboxxx/The Love Below released in 2003. In my eyes this was one of the best releases to happen to hip hop in a long time. Growing up listening to Outkast, it is amazing to see how both Andre and Big Boi have matured musically and as people. When I first heard of the concept of this double album I was perplexed but yet excited to see how it would work.

To understand why I named this review slept on mostly we need to think about Outkast's career as a whole. For some reason they are rarely named in the talks of most influential groups or even mentioned in the pantheon of best rappers. Big Boi and Andre make up one of the few groups whose styles vary to such a extreme degree, but yet they compliment each other and make each song blend and flow it seems at will to each person's individual desires.

Speakerboxxx is Big Boi's CD. It is pretty true to the classic Outkast style, just great southern rap. There are some notable guest appearances such as Killer Mike, Sleepy Brown, Ludacris and Jay-Z. On it's own, this could have been a better release than many other rappers albums. Notable songs include Bowtie, Ghetto Musick, and Flip Flop Rock. The Way You Move was the single that dominated air waves off this CD with Big Boi's flow being complimented with an easy going beat that had housewives all over the country bouncing their heads while dropping the kids off at soccer practice.

The Love Below was Andre 3000's contribution Always the more controversial of the two, this was his coming out party. He showed his musical range using guitars, pianos, and horns to write a beautiful story of a man's journey through love. It was difficult for many people to know how to react to such a different sound from Andre, but those who took the time to listen through and give it a chance were treated to an amazing musical journey. A few notable songs were Happy Valentine's Day, Spread, and She Lives in My Lap. My Favorite Things is Andre's take on the old John Coltrane classic. His Cd's guest appearance's include Rosario Dawson, Farnsworth Bentley and Norah Jones. This CD had two hit singles Hey Ya and Roses. Both of these songs dominated the air waves and music video shows on MTV, BET, and VH1.

It will be along time before we see two such unique individuals put out great music together for so many years again. Later, when we know longer are blessed with their contributions, people will realize how fortunate we really were to be experience this era as it happened.

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January 07, 2010
Great Review! I love outkast and I know alot of the fans didn't take to well on this album but to me Big Boi is on top of his game here though, and even though it is a lackluster album by Outkast standards, it's still one of the best stuff I've heard throughout the years of the genre.
January 05, 2010
Great Review!! This is one of those albums that earns the title classic. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was one of the first albums i bought after i left boot camp in '03 and it was by far one of the most memorable from that time period.
December 30, 2009
Great review, Jedi!  I can't believe this album was from 2003.  I totally got this album back in the day, but haven't listened to it in a while, so thanks for the reminder :)  I preferred listening to the songs from The Love Below than Speakerboxx, though I thought that concept of the album as a whole was really neat.  Outkast needs to come out with some new stuff!
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review by . December 03, 2009
This is the clear #1 if it's a single album, as about half the songs on each part are magnificent. That said, there's still enough here to call it one of the best of the decade. The litmus test: if "Hey Ya!" comes on the radio, are you gonna grin and dance, or turn it off? I sure can't turn it off.      Of course, the album is much more than "Hey Ya." For starters, on the Big Boi side, the almost-as-ubiquitous, almost-as-awesome hit "The Way You Move" …
review by . January 02, 2006
posted in Music Matters
Splitting up Hip-Hops most dynamic and explosive duo is interesting - however not quite as fulfilling as the two working in unison. That said, if this is the direction the geniuses wanted to go for an album, they have more than earned that right over their years of genre altering rap. I was excited, but nervous, buying an album that splits Big Boi and Andre 3000 onto different albums. I have always felt that the genius of the group was that they kept each other grounded just enough, and kept each …
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At a time when experimentation is taboo in most overground rap, that’s all Outkast seem intent on executing. Firstly, this double CD has no cohesive link, other than the fact that it sounds like a pair of solo albums stitched together to demo exactly how Andre’s yin works to augment Big Boi’s yang. Andre 3000’sLove Belowdisc rates as the more eclectic of the two, given that he’s turned in his emcee credentials to become a full-on funk-soul-jazz vocalist who mostly sings about items of love ("Happy Valentine's Day"), carnal lust ("Spread"), and female adoration ("Prototype"). Minus the big band schmaltz of "Love Hater" and cheesy cover jobs ("My Favorite Things"), Andre’s disc is sick (meaning great). As is to be expected, the Big Boi disc is less arty, more gangsta and worldly, and features the less-progressive guest raps of ATL crunk purveyorsLil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz("Last Call") andJay-Zwho rhymes the hook on "Flip Flop Rock". Unlike Big Boi, Andre keeps his collabos to a minimum, once crooning alongsideNorah Joneson the cool yet sappy "Take Off Your Cool", and once withKelis. Boi fulfills his Dungeon Family duty with flying colors by flipping some dirty southern up-tempo raps over electro beats on "GhettoMusick". By the timeCee-Losermonizes on "Reset",SpeakerboxxandLove Belowrate mostly as majestic and inspiring, with the ...
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