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Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

OutKast

2003

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Album Summary

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the fifth studio album by American hip hop duo Outkast. It was released on September 23, 2003, by Arista Records. Issued as a double album, its length of over two hours is spread across solo albums from both of the group's members. Big Boi's Speakerboxxx is a Southern hip hop album with a P-Funk influence, while André 3000's The Love Below features psychedelic, pop, funk, electro, and jazz styles.Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was supported with the hit singles "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move", which both reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, and the top-ten hit "Roses". The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with sales of 510,000 copies in its first week. It eventually amassed a total of seven non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart and 24 weeks in the Top 10. It has been certified diamond and 11 times platinum by the RIAA (each disc in the double album counted as a separate unit for certification). As of March 2012, it has sold 5.7 million units in the United States.Speakerboxxx/The Love Below received widespread acclaim from music critics, who praised the consistency of Big Boi's Speakerboxxx and the eclectic musical style of André 3000's The Love Below. It topped The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll, and won Album of the Year and Best Rap Album at the 46th Grammy Awards, while "Hey Ya!" won Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

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3.44

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4889

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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OuKast is an undeniable hip-hop power duo. So, of course, they chose to release a double solo album to follow up Stankonia, arguably their biggest release ever. Weird decision but one that paid off. Both Speakerboxxx and The Love Below are stuffed with bangers and clearly demonstrate what each member brings to the mix to make OutKast so damn good. Neither album feels like an OutKast album but they both feel like distillations of an OutKast album and I unashamedly love 'em both.

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Doppelalben sind mir immer ein kleines bisschen zu ambitioniert. Ich meine: Was gibt mir die Gewissheit, dass die Hörer mit ihrer beschränkten Aufmerksamkeitsspanne am Ball bleiben? Ich will mich doch an ein Album zurückerinnern und es in wenigen Sätzen beschreiben können. Nerv3000. Klar, sind einige Hits auch drauf und einige gute Features, aber alles in allem habe ich nach diesem längeren Musikprogramm nicht das Gefühl, als würde ich meinen Kindern irgendwann einem anderen Song als Hey Ya! erzählen müssen.

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5

Takes a tusk to the expectations of a hip hop album. A few tracks I can miss, but on the whole a great listening experience, and a modern classic

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5

Great double album where each half is equally strong. Style and theme is consistent within each side, with very few weak tracks despite the length. 9/10, pretty good

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Speakerboxxx is packed with great guests, awesome beats that still sound fresh, and Big Boi throwing his all into it. It's a 5/5. The Love Below is interesting and the one word I keep coming back to is "indulgent". It's a low 3. Pretty long project overall, but pretty worth it. Favorite tracks (Speakerboxxx): "The Rooster", "GhettoMusick", "The Way You Move", "Church" // Favorite tracks (The Love Below): "Roses", "My Favorite Things", "A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre"

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holds up

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Depuis quelques jours, le nombre de like sur mes reviews a drastiquement diminué, ce qui me vaut de ne toujours pas accéder au tant convoité classement des 10 meilleurs critiques du site. Je me place donc en grève, en attendant une évolution de la situation.

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Plus j'en apprends sur Jim Morrison, plus je consacre mon temps libre à effectuer de nouvelles recherches sur lui à la bibliothèque de l'université. Après avoir lu entre autre qu'il n'était pas mort en 1971, qu'il était à l'origine de l'accident mortel de Claude François ainsi que de l'explosion nucléaire de Tchernobyl, je viens de tomber sur un document d'archive confidentiel totalement ahurissant. Nous sommes le samedi 11 novembre 1989 à Berlin. La ville est divisée entre Est et Ouest par un mur de plusieurs kilomètres dont les environs sont surveillés par des gardes-frontières. Ce jour-là, le mur est aussi imposant que d'habitude et n'a jamais paru aussi infranchissable. La plupart des scientifiques s'accordent sur le fait qu'il semble assez solide pour résister pendant encore plusieurs siècles. L'un des gardes-frontières remarque toutefois au matin une légère fissure de quelques millimètres de longueur. Il se dit alors qu'il faudrait la reboucher avec du plâtre mais n'a pas les outils adéquats à disposition. Il appelle donc un professionnel du bâtiment. Quelques minutes plus tard, un homme se présente au pied du mur vêtu d'une salopette bleu ciel et d'un crayon à papier derrière l'oreille (vous aurez reconnu Jim Morrison). Le garde l'accompagne à l'endroit de la fissure et lui dit de ne pas hésiter à venir le trouver s'il avait la moindre question. Une fois seul, Jim dépose sa boîte à outil sur le sol, se saisit d'un clou, le tord dans tous les sens, l'enfonce dans la fissure et lui donne quelques coups de marteau. Il se saisit ensuite d'une prise électrique et l'encastre dans le trou qu'il vient de former. Sa mission terminée, il se relève, prend sa boîte à outils et quitte les lieux. À peine une dizaine de minutes plus tard, les gardes entendent un bruit de craquements. Celui-ci s'intensifie jusqu'à ce que, contre toute attente, le mur s'écroule sur toute sa longueur dans un bruit assourdissant. L'Allemagne de l'Est et l'Allemagne de l'Ouest venait d'être réunifiées à la surprise générale, avec pour conséquence l'effondrement de la RDA puis du bloc de l'est.

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3000 has one of the sexiest rap voices, so it's funny how little it features on his sexy album. I figure he knows his singing doesn't compare, which is why his super sexy talking voice gets a good run out. Funny also how the most lauded side of this double is the least well-realised. But if The Love Below can yield multi-gazillion sales while featuring endurance tests like Vibrate and MF Doomish scratch tracks like A Day in the Life... I won't vociferate about the superiority of Speakerboxxx too much. Weirder, funnier and more focused, Big Boi thrives by plunging himself into a white hot talent pool of collaborators, challenging them to stretch the sonic possibilities of Housequake. Result is in an electric bounce so ebulliently synthetic it's positively alien. After checking the credits, one reason 3000's side doesn't sustain as well as Big Boi's triumph of collective creativity might have something to do with insularity - his is the only name listed.

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Viel zu lang Teilweise echt anstrengend. 2 für hey ya

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At first glance, this is probably not the best Outkast album for me to start with, since it's actually two separate albums by the two members that comprise Outkast. Also, it's a double album, which is a tough sell for someone who doesn't particularly like hip hop. First impressions: one thing Speakerboxxx doesn't lack for is ideas. For example, GhettoMusick mixes soul and breakbeats in unpredictable and imaginative ways. Another plus is that there is a mix of samples and live playing, which introduces a layer of complexity and richness that modern hiphop often lacks. I have more praise to offer. The rap on Unhappy is rhythmically complex, which is a nice change, and the subject matter isn't the usual hardcore bullshit. On the next song, Bowtie, Big Boi channels George Clinton. Shocker, I'm actually kind of enjoying this. This doesn't suck. Technically, it's hyper-competent, it's relentlessly creative, and Big Boi stays away from the usual hiphop cliches. And it swings. Truly, I'm shocked. Big Boi takes you on a tour of the dominant styles in R&B over the last 50 years, filtered through a hip hop lens. There's actually very little to criticize here. The wordplay is clever. The singing is good. The arrangements are competent. The production touches are on target. Okay, it's not like I'm going to ever listen to this album from start to finish for my own entertainment, but this is the first modern hip hop album I've heard that doesn't make me want to throw a brick through my speakers. More praise. Big Boi's worldview is wider and deeper than a quarter. He shows some actual curiosity about the world. For this genre, that's huge. And his sense of humor doesn't suck. Another thing that distinguishes Big Boi from someone like say Kanye is that Big Boi actually seems to understand the genres he borrows from whereas Kanye is just kitchen sink sampling and montaging without a clue. Kanye makes my brain cells die. Big Boi actually engages me. Okay, finally, on Tomb of the Boom, guest DJ's Konkrete, Big Gipp, and Ludacris get to the usual hip hop cliches (DJ bragging, gangster tropes, misogyny), but their raps are firmly tongue in cheek. They know how ridiculous and mindless these tropes are. Good for them! Yet another thing to love about Big Boi -- alone among modern hip hop artists I've heard, there's almost no Prince influence. Prince himself combined and streamlined funk, jazz, pop and rock, eliminating most of the complexities in each genre, which made him commercially successful, but kind of shallow. Since most modern hip hop is overwhelmingly indebted to Prince, it too tends to be shallow. Instead of being influenced by Prince's predigested and dumbed down genre mixing, Big Boi goes back to the source, which goes a long way towards explaining the vitality of his music. Now, there is room for improvement. Big Boi could have brought jazz into the mix. Imagine if he had brought in some hip hop sympathetic jazzbos like Uri Caine, Tim Lefebvre and Zach Danzinger to play on these tracks. That shit I'd listen to for pleasure. Now we get to The Love Below, Andre 3000's disc. Careful what you wish for. The Love Below starts out with some lame-ass quiet storm jazz ballad. Andre 3000 sweetens the pot with a wicked wah wah guitar solo, but the underlying track still sucks donkey dick. I also don't care much for his sense of humor, either. It's smug, ugly and not nearly as clever as he thinks it is. Fortunately, the music improves. Happy Valentine's Day is a decent jam, although it's marred by Andre 3000's crappy rap. Still, it's not a patch on Big Boi's expert appropriation and mixing of various strands of R&B. It's clear where the talent lies in this duo. Sigh. Andre 3000 is eclectic in the way he stitches his tunes together from disparate elements, but unlike Big Boi, he lacks taste. As for his raps, they're technically nothing special, and the content is juvenile and distasteful. God, this is going to be a chore to sit through. I feel my brain cells dying. Alright, I give up. How to rate? Big Boi's disc is damned good, so 4.5. Andre 3000's sucks, so 1. I'll split the difference.

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very bad, black music lost its way a long time ago

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5

One of the craziest, most timeless yet also dated, efforts in the history of pop music. The beginning of a new era for Big Boi and southern hip-hop and the end of an era for the mythical Andre 3000 who has become something of a hip-hop Brian Wilson. There are some good Prince comparisons to be made but 3K's music is a murky haze of influences and in this strange and unsettling sound, I think we find the likes of Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar and so many more. Big Boi's side is more or less what you expect if you're familiar with the Kast but that doesn't make it less immaculate. In both Big Boi and Andre's side, exist entire worlds, summations of everything they've witnessed thus far in their life as artists and while not every track is gonna hit you on the level of Hey Ya! or The Way You Move, I'd say it's well worth the ride.

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5

Big Boi and Andre 3000 are so uniquely talented that it was inevitable that they'd eventually go their own ways. It's lucky for us that they decided to collaborate on each other's solo albums and put them out together. The two sides stand completely on their own, but somehow still form a cohesive unit. Best track: Hey Ya!

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5

<3

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5

Excellent album

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5

Loved it 03. Love it in 20’

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5

This really is 2 albums. I love speakerboxxx. One of my all time favourite hip hop albums. I find the love below a bit more challenging though. I think I have to give 5 stars for the strength of side A and the absolute banging singles from side B.

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5

Great album

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5

It's so hard to rate this album. It's just so good. So so good. So perfect

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5

a very cool album very interesting 🥸 enjoyed the second half

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5

ya! and it has Norah on it. perfect.

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5

Just fantastic so much good music in one album.

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5

come on! love this!

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5

a modern classic! Both sides are so strong. I wish andre would have released more solo music. Big Boi's solo albums after this are also really strong. I feel like "hey ya" is the only track people know from here and the radio sadly ruined that song for a lot of people. I have very fond memories of dancing with two of my best college girlfriends to this album.

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5

Outkast are great. Sorely missed. Great album

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5

9/10. Stream of consciousness review below, but this was a really enjoyable album. Or two albums. Or whatever it was. Going to start keeping track of the weirdest alcoholic drink to be mentioned in an album, and this is winning so far with Butterscotch Schnapps (in Bowtie), which it sounded like was either being drunk straight, or combined with Bailey's. As someone with poor short term memory, it is really helpful they say Speakerboxxx every 10 minutes or so to remind me what I am listening to, it's like I'm watching Disney Channel. Rhyming "nasty hoes" with "pistachios" was a stroke of genius. Also had the most fun song about church that I have heard. It's weird to see a featured artist whose name I recognize, and weirder still that I only recognize the name because she is the live-action Ahsoka actress. Hey Ya is spectacular, of course, and it surprised me how much slower The Love Below feels in general compared to Speakerboxxx and Hey Ya. Repeating "age ain't nothin but a number" at the start of Pink and Blue got me thinking about that my great aunt flirting with one of my friends at my grad party, which distracted from the rest of the song. Dracula's Wedding is cool though. Would not have thought a 5 minute instrumental cover of My Favorite Things could be that enjoyable.

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5

speakerboxxx 4/5, the love below 5/5. overall 5/5?

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5

Shake it sh sh shake it

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5

Classic OutKast, long album with lots of hits and catchy tracks

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5

Habe das Album komplett zwei Mal durchgehört. OK, war heute auch ein Umzugstag, da hatte ich viel Zeit, aber 78 Mal OutKast am Stück, wenn das nicht fünf Sterne sind. Oben jetzt groß reinzulesen: krasser Sound für die damalige Zeit, auch die Texte machen ordentlich was her und haben den Test der Zeit bestanden (ist bei Hip Hop ja manchmal schwierig). Der Mix auf dem Album hat mich echt beeindruckt und das es trotz des krassen OutKast Hypes in den frühen 2000ern heute nicht abgenudelt klingt sagt einfach alles. Ich würde auch 6 Sternen geben.

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5

Probably my new favorite hip-hop album of all time. Love both discs.

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5

Funny how at the time their whole schtick was considered so scandalous and controversial, while in hindsight it’s just kinda corny. Liked the album, it was fun, not great.

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5

Creative masterpiece. Sometimes you don't know if you're lostening to an early Aughts hio hop/rap/pop/r&b album or a 70s Stevie Wonder Record.

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5

Speakerboxxx is the highlight. The Love Below is fun but doesn't have as many bangers. Great all around album.

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Bangers

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5

Banger after banger

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5

A nostalgic album for me

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Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all

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5

What is there to say? Possibly the best hip hop duo of all time making independent concept albums that sold/came out at the same time. I grew up on this shit and every song is a banger, which is saying something considering the length. Although this album did foretell the Outkast split that still saddens me today.

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A+ music

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5

Yeah man, this shit is thoroughly entertaining.

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5

When I was 14 I used to blast this on my Walkman religiously while playing Mario Kart Double Dash at all hours of the night. Anyways, super iconic album and both discs are fantastic. Could be the best double album in hip-hop history. Andre 3000 and Big Boi both deliver with the lyrics, great production, catchy hits and sweet features. An album for the ages that definitely deserved all of the success that it had.

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5

This shit don't stink.

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5

album a day

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5

What an incredible achievement. It's ridiculous that I Like the Way You Move isn't sampled from some soul hit of the 60s/70s, how the hell did they come up with that. Top 5 hooks of all time. Not to mention the bass line, goddamn that would destroy a circa 2009 subwoofer. How can you not love a Ludacris feature - "I'm with some nasty hoes, eating pistachios". Matter of fact the calibre of feature artists across the record demonstrates the status they held and continue to hold on the genre. Jay Z/ Killer Mike, Cee Lo (who is likely the most often featured artist in this whole list, the man was everywhere doing everything), even Lil Jon gets his 15 seconds of OH YAYAS. And all that before we even reach Andre's half of the album. Genius move with the swing jazz intro, signals the shift to his side perfectly. His call and response conversation with lady God interlude is hilarious - "Head don't count right? Aw thanks God." Big Boi might be technically better but Andre 3000 tells a waaayy better story. Where's my panties intro into Prototype is out of this world (Tame Impala's cover of Prototype has to be mentioned here also). He's actually a very sensitive individual talking on some pretty personal topics, but still maintaining an outrageous sense of humour about it all. I love that it wasnt ended with some bring back double track but instead closes on a real unsettling reflection on the mysteries of Erykah Badu.

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5

Mistura dub, funk, eletronic music, soul e rap. Muito bom! Um ótima surpresa ouvi-lo!

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5

This album takes me back! I always really liked this album. Many differences and yet a unified whole between the two parts of this album.

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5

This is one of the most creative and unique albums in all of hip hop. A sprawling 2 CD set that essentially functions as two separate solo albums packaged together. I feel like it was a brilliant way to reconcile the age old problem of artists wanting to go in separate directions. I was a huge fan of Stankonia and Aquemini in college and was elated when this was released. I must admit I have listened to the Andre 3000 disc many more times over the years but Big Boi's disc is completely solid as well, and much more akin to their previous output. It's just that The Love Below is such a strange genre bending cocktail that I find it completely irresistible. Reminds me somewhat of Sign o the Times era Prince in many ways but goofier with and more lighthearted (for the most part). I feel like both Big Boi and Andre 3000 were both being completely true to themselves here and I love seeing things from their unique perspectives. For being iconoclasts of a sort, it's amazing how casual and natural it all comes across. I only wish they would make more music together again, but this album would be hard to top.

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5

This one takes me back to high school, I had it on repeat for a minute there. I always preferred The Love Below to Speakerboxxx, and that's still the case, but there were some songs I appreciated this time that I didn't appreciate at the time - Bowtie sticks out in that regard. It is definitely an indulgent double album - did they need to include their version of My Favorite Things? No, but I am glad they did. There's some fat they could have cut, but very few duds. It makes me happy that the hits that took over the world - especially Hey Ya - emerged from this much larger showcase of excellent songs.

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5

Tem duas partes, a primeira é very energetic com batidas animadas e leva mais para o lado do rap. A segunda é um pouco mais melódica, mas com synths bem marcantes.

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5

Holy shit a 2 hour double album. well strap in I guess. Unhappy is a mix of busy melody, groove, and a really interesting rape flow structure. The Way You Move is on this album? This is great. Church is a really cool, odd sounding song. Speakerboxx, great rap album. The Love Below is much more expiramental and I don't know where to latch on to it. The guy shouting ICE COLD on Where Are My Panties is my hero. Prototype slaps. Hey Ya kicks so much booooootaayy and then is followed up by Roses. She's Alive is a poignant song. A blistering backbeat on My Favorite Things adds a pretty awesome dimension to the song.

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It’s overstuffed and definitely bloated, but the sheer creativity and ideas explored really rivals The White Album. While I think I prefer Speakerboxxx, both “albums” have so many rich ideas and interesting sounds.

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This is an album that was a soundtrack of my youth, the love below is really a work of art

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5

Second Outkast album as prescribed by The List. Rated Stankonia as 4 stars, mainly because it was absolute overkill. This album is almost twice as long as they combined two separate albums into one.. but I always liked it much more. The song material is equally strong as Stankonia (and its predecessors) ..but the album has a much more relaxed sound, which makes it much more listenable.

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5

What an album! I know a lot of people prefer the Speakerboxxx side, but to me the songs on there always start to sound like too much of the same towards the end. It does contain some great tracks as well, though. The Love Below is fucking weird, that's true, but it's exactly the kind of weird that I vibe with, and the songs are all absolute bops. I will admit to skipping some of the interludes on occasion, but as a concept album it is unrivalled. 5 stars!

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I was tempted to give this 5 stars as at an instant. I love this album, especially The Love Below. When listening, I realised I didn't know the middle/ending part of Speakerboxxx that well, because I usually turn it off around Bamboo. I do think Speakerboxxx has an amazing energy at the start, and I also like the last song. The Love Below is great from start to finish, and therefore, I usually put on that CD rather than the Speakerboxxx one. The second CD is great melodically, it's cool, makes you feel like a boss, and finally, it's also pretty funny! I remember my dad buying this album when I was a teenager and making a copy of both CDs (including the album covers) to play in my room with the bass turned to max. Especially Roses has such a great bass. Good memories. Overall I'd give this album a high 4.5 to 5 stars, because the Speakerboxxx album lacks a bit in the middle/end part. 5 stars it is, because overall both CDs combined just are an amazing experience!

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I like it

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5

Most artists do not produce this quantity of quality music in their entire careers. To have it all packed into a double album single release is truly incredible. Hey Ya is one of the defining tracks of the 2000s, and it's not even the best track on here. I think my favorite thing may be the My Favorite Things jazz odyssey.

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5

Amazing album. I heard all the singles long before I listened to the entire album

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5

So good! Definitely one of my favorites so far, it was varied in topic and style, loads of different moods, excellent lyrics and so fun!

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5

Joyful, funky and abundant, with a gazillion tracks. This gets 5 stars on the strength of Hey Ya! alone 😊

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5

It was fun to actually listen to the album that hey ya and roses came from. Both of the albums manage to perfectly compliment each other despite being wildly different in multiple ways and offer great showcases of big boi and Andre 3000. Speakerboxx is a solid, straightforward hip hop album while the love below is a wildly creative and eclectic album of psychedelic and jazz and a million other influences. Overall, it’s a classic for more than just hey ya and although I wouldn’t relisten to the whole thing very often it’s still got enough memorable songs like the way you move and vibrate to be a 5

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5

So good.

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5

This was released a year after J5’s power in numbers. This album!!!! Should have given Power in Numbers 4 stars, because this album—this album is 5 stars. Lyrics, dance, culture, pushing boundaries… it’s got it all.

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5

OutKast is always a pleasure. They have a stand-out sound that sets them apart from other artists. I've never been through the whole album, so this was a great recommendation.

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5

Classic. Two albums in one. So much creativity. So many genres. So different to everything else that came before. Stand out tracks: The Way You Move, GhettoMusick, Roses, Hey Ya!

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Holy crap, I remember buying this album just for "Roses" and "Hey Ya!" but good lord, this album really opened my eyes, at a time where in my life where I thought all mainstream music was filled with 'posers & sell-outs' this felt like a breath of fresh air. (Also looking back, this album is totally inappropriate for a 12-13yo child to listen through multiple times, in particular The Love Below's half of the album). I also forgot that this was a DOUBLE album with a full 20 songs on each disc, with a total runtime of over 2 HOURS, it sill absolutely SLAPS. (Although 'Speakerboxx' is, in my opinion, the stronger of the two halves.) Basically this is two entire albums that OutKast just made their own solo albums, completed in distinct styles, however, complement each other well, and with the multitude of feats on both records, all the accolades are well deserved. Best: GhettoMusick; The Way You Move; Happy Valentine's Day; Hey Ya!; Roses Worst: Unhappy; Bamboo (Interlude); Where Are My Panties? (Interlude)

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2 hrs and so solid throughout. The range. Loved it

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This album is absolutely fantastic, and definitely one of the best so far. So many great songs, including legendary tracks like "Roses" and "Hey Ya". It was really impressive to see a double album generate so many hits. I personally was a bigger fan of Andre's "The Love below" but both albums are fantastic.

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5

This is an absolute classic for a reason. Front to back bangers so unique for a double album. Features some of the decades most iconic and replayable tracks.

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5

I'm a white, boomer male. I've found hip-hop and modern R'n'B to be boring, with R'n'B also being insipid. So a two hour album should be a chore. Not a chance! This sprawling epic is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Big Boi sticks to his genre but the addition of all these collaborators adds variety to what are superior songs. Then we get Andre who starts with jazz! Just as it starts getting a bit too much he throws in that stupendous version of My Favourite Things (huge nod to John Coltrane) and a very cool guest appearance by Norah Jones. Outstanding!

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4

Epic album. Outkast is stellar

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4

Speakerboxx was better than The Love Below but overall this was funky and fresh and I loved the vibes. Would revisit.

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4

A chef-d'œuvre from the coolest motherfuckers on the planet. I nearly gave it a 5 but “Hey Ya”, like a steaming turd in a freshly mown lawn, ruined an otherwise immaculate hip hop album.

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4

Great double album had it when it came out

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4

Has all of Outkast's greatest hits. Has almost a vaudevillian theme to it. May not be the best way to describe.

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4

Bell me piaciut, so fort gli Outkast

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4

Great. Great. Great.

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I prefer the love below to speakerboxxx but it’s still amazing as a whole

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4

Outstanding!

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4 for Speakerboxx, 3 for The Love Below (would've been lower but damn, those singles!!). Way too long but I'll prob only listen to Speakerboxx in the future!

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The next one I have Speakerboxxx/The Love Below the double album from the southern rap group Outkast - released in 2003. I've listened to this in the past, and I recall it being difficult to make it through the whole thing. It's over two hours and I just started it. The first part is Speakerboxxx and the side known as the Big Boi side. I'm enjoying the energy and bounce on the Big Boi side, it's really helping me stay awake in the middle day on a random Tuesday. Having lived through the early 2000s I was very aware of this album, and the two hit songs were everywhere for a long time. Outkast was the biggest thing in the world at the time, funny how it was really the end - though I think hope someday they will re-unite. Enjoying this album today.

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mmm

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It’s probably too long but it’s great

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Speakerboxxx: pretty average. The Love Below: 5 star.

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Klassiker. Bra samples. Bra features. Andre3000 klockren, big boi likaså.

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classic

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Some absolute bangerrrrs.

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Back in 2003 I wouldn't have listened to this purposefully, even though I truly enjoyed its three main singles. Nowadays I'm better prepared to enjoy it, and enjoy it I did. Beautifully crafted album!

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4.3* bangers but also some bum

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It is just two solo albums but they're pretty good

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I think I'll rate these separately because they're so different. Speakerboxxx was a little boring tbh. I like the overall sound but it's a long time to spend listening to songs that are pretty samey and multiple interludes. Also kinda pissed that the album starts with an Intro but ends with a Postlude (why not intro/outro or prelude/postlude??). The Love Below was more up my alley, even though it was really long. A lot of the lyrics and interludes were dumb but I liked the music a lot more. 7 for Speakerboxx, 9 for Love Below, 8 overall I guess

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I’m not a hip-hop fan but there’s lots to like on this 2XCD. Creative, experimental with lots of funk, jazz and humour!

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4.2 - Epic. Speakerboxxx comes on hard and nasty. Bottom heavy sludgy beats. Notable cameos from Killer Mike and Jay Z. The Love Below starts off highly introspective and takes a much different and very interesting turn, exploring the concept of finding one's own true love. It's an epic journey, an undeniably varied and dense of body of work and the sheer volume of music here boggles the mind. Small aside - it's rare that I think the skits make a hip hop album. In this case, the skits provide the glue within the narrative, which makes listening this as an album that much more rewarding.

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Speakerboxxx is almost a 5/5...the love below is...not

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8/10. I’m impressed with how this kept me pretty engaged throughout the whole thing, and how well it holds up in 2021. The biggest issue I have with it is that it wasn’t super consistent, there were definitely weaker tracks here and there. Still a great album

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Super good, a double album that's actually worth the two discs for once!

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Very good, very close to getting a 5.

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Too many skits and interludes kept this from being a full 5 stars. Love this album. LOVE this album, but every time I listen I hit skip at least 7 times. That shouldn’t be the case.

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7.25

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when it's good, it's amazing. concept is brilliant, although i prefer Love Below to Speakerboxxx. my complaint is that even as a double album, it feels a little bloated. if they couldve trimmed it a bit--like 45 minutes each--i feel like itd be perfect.

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Shake it like a polaroid picture! Bisschen 2000er-mäßig clean aber sind ein paar Hits drauf und zum Hula Hoop Training hats bestens funktioniert. 4 Sterne für die Partylaune!

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Zu HipHop hab ich ein gespaltenes Verhältnis. Hier gefällt mir, dass es häufig ziemlich grooved, Funkyness besitzt, abwechslungs- und ideenreich ist. Und dann meine ich noch wahrgenommen zu haben, dass man sich auch selbst nicht so 100%ig ernst nimmt. Daumen hoch!

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Nice

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A sprawling, fantastic classic.

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Okay so this is actually surprisingly good. It has Hey Ya! which is just a great song! It is freaking long though!!

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love the cover art. im so in the mood for this after the 2342343 rock adjacent records ive listened to. TWO HOURS? idk if i can make that commitment rn, will try tomorrow lol. okay its tomorrow. intro already sounds way cooler than anything this website has had to be offer in almost 2 weeks. LOVE A CHANGE IN PACE MID SONG. okay i kinda got lost in it and forgot to write but ive been enjoying it sm, i love how they have a lot of ppl 'over' and theres soooo much variety in sound and topics and for once i dont mind interludes. buuuut lyrics some time made me go ewww so. last 10 or so songs werent that good. saved: tomb of the boom, reset, love hater.

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Essentially two individual albums by each member of Outkast. Sonically impressive, sprawling, probably too long and with too many interludes. Trim those and some of the fat ('My Favorite Things' instrumental I'm looking at you) and this would be close to the best hip-hop/rap/r'n'b/soul double album of this century. That title probably belongs to their previous album 'Stankonia'. As it stands however, 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below' whilst not quite as vital or important as 'Stankonia', is still pretty fucking good.

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Long, but enjoyable. A few bangers in there and very solid production and vocals

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Great album. Long (over 2 hours). Love both their voices.

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I love this album. I prefer The Love Below over Speakerboxx to be honest. Hey ya, into Roses is just amazing. Such a Solid piece of Art. Andre 3000 and Big Boi are probably my favorite Duo.

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All time songs in this album like Roses and Hey ya, but too long and too many interludes to my taste to hear in one go.

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Feeling good, feeling great, how are you?

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It’s a pretty solid trick to make this long of an album not feel overlong or padded out, and the two quite different elements complement each other better than would seem possible on paper

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Like the album, really funky The album is really long 4/5

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wait, hang on. i like an outkast album? which way is up?? but srsly...yeah, this is was really good. he's got a far better flow than i'd expected from his one massive hit. super tight, and not being utterly misogynistic is a plus, too.

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Not the most consistent OutKast album, but still full of masterful moments and singles. Both sides have their own atmosphere and both have a lot to offer!

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Bijzonder goed album maar helaas niet mijn stijl

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Wow. So this was quite an endeavor to finish in 1 day but I got it done. I have to say I do prefer The Love Below more than Speakerboxxx, but in general they were both good. I will definitely be returning to outkast in the future

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its a good album eventhough its not really my taste, a mix of all kinds of genres with a couple hits inbetween too

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Speakerboxxx shits all over The Love Below but definitely a 4/5. Roses obviously the overall highlight.

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2u15??? niet doen! Gelukkig zijn het er eigenlijk twee. En we love 3 stacks. De Topschijven zijn ook gewoon de topschijven (ooit allertijden): The way you move roses - crazy bitch hey ya

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This was a very interesting album. Once again, Rap is not usually my thing, but I liked this one.

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Extremely long; but brilliant anyway. I say this about a lot of double albums, but condense this into a single LP and you’ve got yourself an all time great!

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This is a long double album with 2 distinct sections. Since it is actually 2 albums in one, separately rated Speakerboxxx gets a 4 stars and The Love Below gets 3. 2RS

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I mean, very different albums but both were awesome. Outkast is legit.

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Too much of it but still great.

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Quality hip hop

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Trots den utmattande längden gav fortfarande albumet en lyssnevärd upplevelse. Vanligtvis kan äldre rap fastna i en funktionell men upprepade struktur och förbli i en trygghetsram. Det vill säga med ett plant beat och kontinuerliga status-referenser kopplat till de manliga könsnormerna. Till exempel Ekonomisk framgång, makt och sexuell erfarenhet. Detta tyder albumet på till en viss del. Det exemplifierar manliga könsnormer men lyckas med en strukturell komplexitet och musikalisk originalitet. Trots längden höll albumet en instrumental variation vilket underlättade lyssnandet. Trots hur kvalitativ musiken är försvagas ändå albumet på grund av längden.

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better than I expected the single is really good but not really a bad track

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This is the second OutKast album we've had since starting the 1001 group... and it's a double album, 40 tracks, 2hr 15mins runtime, blimey! Not my usual taste of music, but listening along (with headphones) I kinda lost myself in it, good beats. Some of the skits and interludes were funny. I preferred Speakerboxxx over The Love Below.

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Has great singles, but not a big fan of the intermissions. Not favourite outkast album.

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Long but good

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Cut out the skits and some of the slower songs, 2 hours is too long, stout album tho

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2 (well 3ish) Outkast albums in 3 days. If Aquemini is on this list (and you can certainly say that it should be) maybe I'll get it soon as well. Like Stankonia this album has some nostalgia me. There are some solid songs to be heard on both discs (let me pretend it's still 2003 when I was still a teenager, had hair, and hope for the future) The only downside is I never really go to these albums with regularity. I prefer Andre and Big Boi doing their thing together. Big Boi's more conventional album is a nice juxtaposition to Andre's more experimental project but it just doesn't feel quite right to me. This is a 3.5 for me but I'll give it a 4 because I'm sure a lot people gave it a low score without even listening to these albums.

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Some great tunes from the two Andre's here. even the Intro to speakerboxxx is good. They were innovative in 2003 and they sound relevant nearly 20 years later. I like "Ghetto Music" and of course the classic "Hey Ya" don't have this in my collection but well worth it's place here in the list!

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A classic. Too bad they stopped making records.

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4/5. A great one, but Long long long

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This is a long album! It demands time from the listener with his over 2 hrs/ 40 songs. Luckily, are easy-to-listen songs; actually, I am loving some of them from the very first listen. I only knew the singles, but ignored some of the gems hidden in those two records. This is good work! I see why is here

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Outkast is great and I enjoy their music. The double album was an interesting choice given that the albums are so different. Both albums are good and have fantastic songs. However, if you listen to both discs back to back it is well over two hours.

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A 3 probably. No this album is a 4 at least, and I 100% need more time to swallow this behemoth of an 'album'. It is 2 albums, so naturally I'd need one more day. At least, there is so much to unpack. There is too much good shit for one album, and it's too good to not give a 5. But it doesen't quite rival B.O.B. One of the best albums. Awesome collabs, especially "Take Off Your Cool". I did not expect to see Norah Jones here, but it is so good.

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already enjoying

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actually full of bangers

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Of course I've heard "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move", you can't avoid that song no matter what you try. Thankfully they are both pretty good. Haven't listened to any other tracks on here before, but overall not too bad. Definitely some cool production/mixing here, the concept album of each person with a side is kind of neat. It's not my preferred style of hip-hop but I can't fault it really.

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Great album. I only knew a couple of songs from before. Very bold, provocative and groovy

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Really enjoyed it solid

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Very long and instrumentals were on point. Love how it told a story.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ While I've heard the hits before, it was cool to listen to this album front to back.

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Great album

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Great listen especially Andre 3000's part! Almost a 5.

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Speakerboxxx - 3 stars / The Love Below - 5 stars

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Surprisingly I really enjoyed most of this album. It was upbeat and fun.

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HEY YA I LOVE THIS ALBUM! War has a really good middle section with the fade out and in to a different feeling. The song Church is very good, it has a great flow and drum beat.

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If they had separated this into two seperate albums instead of a double album both could very well be on this list. It's just good in every genre it touches. And on the second album even though I knew it was there I was not expecting "Hey Ya!" to come in where it did. All in all a great album and just a fun listen.

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What "is* this album?? I'd never heard anything beyond the single "Hey Ya" so the first part of this was wholly unexpected. Often it sounds like an updated Parliament which *thumbs up* or a modern version of smooth 70s R&B; hints of Curtis Mayfield. It's...weird. mostly amazingly so. Then the second half hits and maybe I expected it to be less weird and something more traditional....nope. Piano flourishes, goofy lyrics almost with a Flight of the Conchords bent. Negative: too lonnnng. Over two hours for anything is a lot to digest. There are just a few definitively lousy songs (e.g. "Tomb of the Boom") which is a bummer - momentum is occasionally lost. I'm never a fan of little interludes or comic bits either. I know they serve as resets but they always take me out of the vibe and do again here. A bit of editing and shaving a few cuts off this would have made it solid gold. As it is tho, grading on the best material there's a lot of strange and great music here. I have to redigest this much more slowly. I was thinking a three star for a while and maybe is on a personal level but man did they make something different and odd and I feel like this could grow even more on me. 7/10 4 stars for massive ambition.

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this album is clearly one of the masterpieces of hip hop. But, OMG, there is so much of it! Nearly 2.5 hours! Some (much, most) of this is really excellent, but there was opportunity for editing. One star off for exhaustion.

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Both discs start put strong. With bangers after bangers. Yet it losses steam after a while. In the latter half, it's pretty boring already. So, what happens when two of these get stacked in one H U G E album? It's quite an adventure, ngl. But maybe if they stripped down this 134 minute whopper of a double album, it would've been a solid 5/5 album. Still, it's a great album. I'll come back to most of its songs. But not on the whole album. Sorry Run the Jewels, but I think I have a new favorite hiphop duo now.

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heeeey yaaaa

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There is so much happening in this album(s) that you kind of walk away in a haze. Did I just get hot boxed? There were so many interludes that maybe this is a montage? Also, who isn't on this album? 'Jova, yep. Rosario Dawson? Yes, and why... cause why not. Huge radio hits? Yep. Random radio plays? Yep. What is this? It's stanky. Also, it's long. Real long.

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Wow this album was a big boi. I enjoyed the first half, great energy, and then the second half went so so hard at times, but also had a fair few bizarre and even boring moments. It might be a bit messy and obviously too long, but I've already forgotten everything but the bops, so Hey Ya might drag this one up to a 4

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https://youtu.be/WrFJdfYTH9w

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Used to have a housemate that loved Outkast so I have some familiarity with this album... I think back in the day I preferred "The Love Below" (maybe just for the presence of the hit single?) but these days it seems a bit cringily misogynistic. This play through, definitely enjoyed "Speakerboxxx" more... Fave track - "Tomb of the Boom"

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Good overall

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Hard album to evaluate. It's broadly speaking very good, but it's massively overlong. Even if you view it as two albums that just got bundled together, each disc of this loses momentum and meanders. Outkast were one of the best hip-hop acts of the 2000s, but this album should have been shaved down and tightened up. Rap double albums rarely, if ever work. Also, if anyone didn't already know, The Love Below is the far superior of the two discs.

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Great album. Seminal title in hip hop

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What a gorgeous mess of an album this is. I first put it on while working and every once in a while something would catch my ear and I'd think WTF was that? (and not in a good way). Next step listening in the car...louder, less distracted and my WTFs became...Hmmm isn't that interesting? Then a listen on the big rig at home and I'm all in. Does anything boring or unintelligent ever come out of these guys talented minds. Reminds me of a Hip Hop Clash Sandanista. All kinds of influences that are filtered through Andre's fertile imagination. This guy is a music lover and he's brilliant. 4.5 stars

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Great music, but enough for three albums...

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je viens de découvrir que j'aime trop André 3000 néanmoins 2h15 d'album c'est inhumain André

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I'd heard quite a bit about Speakerboxxx/The Love Below before, from the hip-hop circles I've very tentatively dipped my toes into. A total split down the middle from Outkast's two members, the general cliché about it I've heard seems to be that Big Boi's disc (Speakerboxxx) is solid hip-hop but Andre 3000 blows him out of the water with the more ambitious, transcendent and genre-hopping "The Love Below". Having listened to both in their entirety a few times, I've surprised myself by siding with Big Boi here. His delivery is clear, focused and sharp and he never loses track of the melodic hearts of each of the songs. "GhettoMusick" sports a breathless killer chorus and some whiplash inducing tempo/style changes. "Bowtie"- maybe my favourite Speakerboxxx track- has such incredible, effortless swagger, "The Way You Move" deserves every inch of its classic status, and "The Rooster" ups the ante to some frantic energy. All of them are complimented by sensational live brass which makes the whole set come alive. "Speakerboxxx" isn't without its diversions. After an amazing first half devoid of any filler, "Tomb of the Boom" feels disappointingly unremarkable and brings the momentum right down, while "Flip Flop Rock" and "Reset" are fine but don't quite possess the same fervour as other cuts here. By comparison, "The Love Below" has taken me much longer to get on board with. I was somewhat disappointed that the peerless "Hey Ya!", the one EVERYONE knows, is not at all a fair representation of the rest of the disc. On balance, Andre 3000 aims for something much darker, denser and more sprawling. The hooks are not the end-goal here: there's about twenty minutes more material than Speakerboxxx and a lot of it takes the form of extended instrumentals (hello, drum n bass "My Favourite Things") or eccentric skits ("Good Day, Good Sir" and "Where are my Panties" are fun, but feel inconsequential). It's a shame, because the good songs here really are great. "Prototype" is a sun-soaked dreamy jam and "Happy Valentine's Day" justifies the litany of Prince comparisons thrown at Andre. "Take Off Your Cool", a refreshingly stripped back duet with Norah Jones, is the last hurrah. But in general, it confirms my feel that Outkast could have put out the album of the decade with a little more refinement and cooperation. Still, it's absolutely one of the best hip-hop albums I've heard on the list so far.

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This album (these albums?) are loooooong. It took me three days to get through it. But - I love it. OutKast is like their own genre. It's rap, sure - but it's like everything wrapped into one (funk, gospel, crooner, broadway, rock). The production level and sheer number of people involved in this is impressive. Definitely a must-listen.

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It's goooood stuff. Obviously very long but if you just think of it as two separate albums they are both excellent.

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Mezcla de hip-hop, funk, soul... Un megahit. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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3/5 speakerboxxx is great but not excellent. 5/5 The love below is amazing. many interesting songs outside the normal hip hop style that serve as a breath of fresh air to speakerboxxx. some of the songs are a bit long though; as if they are an incomplete idea.

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This is an eclectic record. 21st century 'White Album' perhaps? Certainly the two artists represented by the two 'CD' track listings felt they could do whatever they wanted no matter how crazy it was or what the other thought, I assume. Some catchy stuff and OK raps I suppose. I'll give it another listen but it runs over two hours already. I haven't got a favourite disc.

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So long! A lot of great stuff but quality control would have been appreciated. It's basically two solo albums from the two members, guess they couldn't work together any longer.

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Baš sam nekidan slušao raniji antaliens, i po mom mišljenju su outkast jedan od najboljih komercijalnih hip hop izvođača ikada. Uz missy sigurno najbolji crossover tog doba a tu me pilite s nekim dreakeovima. Ma hajte najte

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Decent album. Some tracks were fantastic and some not so much.

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This record has been my queue for several years; When it popped up here, I became conscious of my worry about the length. Certainly Hey Ya was enough? I didn't have to sink two hours into the strangely split double album? Thankfully, that unease was incorrect. This holds up well and hurts my opinion of OutKast not a bit. The ordering is a bit unfortunate: Love Below has more interesting music overall but feels less cohesive and important an hour in.

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Speakerboxxx 5/5, surprisingly good album, I'm not a fun of this style of rap, but it was a real pleasure to listen to Big Boi. Nothing outstanding, just a very solid album from top to bottom. On the other hand, I was expecting a lot from Love Below. Hey Ya and Roses are great songs, that are still etched in people's mind 22 years later. Unfortunately, the rest of the album is, in my opinion, very average. I had to skip few songs, as they were a bit monotonous. There is a chance, that you have to be in a very good mood to enjoy it properly, but from my neutral perspective it was just a chore to go through the whole album. Two timeless songs and a looong bunch of noise. 3/5 Altogether, I would gladly enjoy another Speakerboxxx journey in the future, and for sure I was play on repeat two hits from Love Below, but the album as a whole is not even close entering my pantheon of best in history.

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An influential album with iconic songs. 4.2⭐

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Very interesting double album. Front half slaps, really nice backing beats. Back half is completely off the wall

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This album was an interesting listen. I remember when it came out it was compared negatively to Stankonia, which is fair because it's not as good as Stankonia, but this album still contains tons of high quality Outkast material. 4/5

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Deservedly a classic. Delivers both quantity and quality.

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- Fun - Hypy

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Hip hop, funk, 2003. For the lovers of the genre this record is undoubtably one of the best albums of all time. Almost all the tracks are really interesting for both their sound and their lyrics. Maybe the small problem is that it's very demanding to listen the whole LP in one session, but to be honest it's made as a double album, so that's quite fine.

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So many memories set to this album.

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Some really great tracks on this, probably a bit long

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Only heard the hits before and whilst a long album, I thoroughly enjoyed it

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This double album shows the difference between andre and big boi. This song has plenty of hits and if it was a shorter album it’d probably be one of their bests. Since it’s a double album it is a bit lengthy. There are some skits that are lame and some songs aren’t that special. But overall it’s a pretty solid album. Big boi raps about Atlanta and fame and big time life. Andre is a bit more introspective and raps about his life and love. Partially why the duo couldn’t continue to make albums together. The jazz and southern influences are great throughout and big boi and Andre use them differently. The writing was on the wall and hey ya showed how much Andre didn’t care about making hits and could do it so easily. A really great album but a bit long. 8.2/10

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This was huge when I was in high school! Speakerboxx was such a great rap album and Love Below was an amazing alt rap album. It’s amazing that they created two side by sides. Being a double album it’s very long and not every song is a banger but this is still my have outkast album.

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I listen to The Love Below cover to cover, a LOT. As far as I'm concerned it's 100% perfect. Speakerboxxx, mostly meh. So listening to this fresh was a nice reminder. 5+ stars for one, two for the other.

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Listened to it all. Ambitious undertaking with many perfect moments.

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Enjoyed it more than I was expecting, especially the Love Below section Interesting mix of hip-hop, jazz, electronica, a bit of classical

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andre is fire

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favorites: unhappy, bowtie, the way you move, church, reset, last call, spread prototype, she lives in my lap, draculas wedding, take off your cool

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Great album, piss a bit long

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4.5

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