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Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

OutKast

2003

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Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

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

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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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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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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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Banger after banger

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A nostalgic album for me

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Rating: 10/10 Best songs: all

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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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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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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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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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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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4

Epic album. Outkast is stellar

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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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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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Bell me piaciut, so fort gli Outkast

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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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4

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

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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4

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

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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

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4

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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4

Great album

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

Great music, but enough for three albums...

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2003. Key Songs: Roses, Hey Ya!, Bowtie

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Lotta really good stuff on here but at over 2 hours it feels bloated. I get that it’s like a double album or whatever but it felt like a slog by the end. Everything with killer mike is great and this is an impressive forward thinking hip-hop album from a time when song structure and innovation were far from the rap games mind.

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Sometimes fun

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some stuff is really good, some is gruesome

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Hip hop isn't my typical music. I don't quite understand it. I think this is more uplifting with a dash of activism sprinkled in. The videos of the album seem meant to be funny

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Kinda bloated, could be reduced to a single album in my opinion.

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2nd disc is a whole different experience and pulls the album up from a 2; pretty raunchy lyrics throughout, though

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2.5

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This was too long, to be honest. It was pretty okay, but I did not finish it.

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The album was long. Really long. But I wouldn’t necessarily say that I didn’t enjoy it. It’s actually hard to pick out a “bad” song or even parts that were hard to get through but also, It being over 2 hours made it hard to pick out any “good” / notable songs because there was so much to consume. It flowed well though and enjoyed it slightly more than I was expecting.

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Decent.

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Dear God this is a long album

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The album(s) had some fantastic songs, but also many songs felt experimental. I think that's ok for maybe one or two songs, or a mixtape, but for a studio album, you really have to already be a fan of the band to not be thrown off by experimental songs like this. Andre 3000 is not a singer, btw.

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Muy largo, pero trajo algunos buenos recuerdos de la niñez en el barrio. Algunas canciones tienen buenas combinacion, otras buenas rimas y otras buen ritmo

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Had this album when I was a young lad. Love Below is very good

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Habs ned ganz geschafft, aber nice bis dahin - 3

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Andre 3000 has a unique voice, lots of interludes/skits. Would be worth a revisit. Some solid bangers

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Hip hop, soul. Muy largo. Algunas cosas interesantes.

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3

Half decent album. Not really my thing.

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when?

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Unkown

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Übergroßes Doppel in welchem 2 fitte hiphop Herzen einen Marathon durchlaufen; „Speakerbox“ kommt maskulin inkl. Gastauftritten vor allem von Rap Altmeister Killer Mike sehr old school daher, während „The Love Below“ androgyn quirky im Casio Himmel steil geht. Wie so oft, sind solch ambitionierte Werke grower, denn was anfangs überwältigt, wird mit der Zeit zwar strukturierter bleibt aber etwas tooooo much und hat leider bisweilen etwas zu viel clowneske Züge in der Art der guten Hamburger Kinder-Hiphopper Combo ‚Deine Freunde‘. Mir gefällt der zweite Part dennoch besser, woran Hits wie „Hey ya!“, „Roses“ oder die jazzige Breakbeat Version von „My Favorite Things“ ihren Anteil haben, aber überzeugt hat mich der wohl sympathischste Arschfick Song „Spread“ - nimm das Paul Hartmut „Siggi“ Würdig! Fistfull of 3.3

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I didn't finish it because it was like 2 1/2 hours long. But I got like 3/4 through and I didn't like the production on the first few tracks but it quickly became very good. The lyrics were amazing. It's just not really my style... I have to go back to it later and I'm sure I'll like it way more. How I rate the albums: 1 star: bad 2 stars: neutral 3 stars: good 4 stars: amazing 5: stars: perfect

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5 stars and all of them are because the music was fun

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Had some bangers for sure, just too long. If shorter 4 stars

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Good but this album is giant! 40 songs.

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Leider nur mit kleineren Referenzen an Ms. Jackson und ohne den Song aber (oh) gefällt mir trotzdem ganz gut - war positiv überrascht (oh).

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Ich mag eigentlich nur die Sachen von André3000

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The singles can be catchy, but this album is plagued by awful awful interludes and crap b sides. One of them has a child trying to rap for chrissakes. The singles get this up to a 3, but it goes no higher.

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Unterschätzt!!! Von mir ;-)

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Ein ganzes Album Hip Hop war mir schon immer zu viel. Auch wenns ein gutes war.

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*They call me Mr. Ravioli, Mr. Streudel / Mr. Poke Em with the Noodle, Mr. Cockerspaniel in your Poodle* To ganske ulike album i en pakke, der begge er en god del lengre enn de trenger. Mange låter på 5+ min, og unødvendige introer og skætsjer som bør ha vært utdatert allerede i 2003. Men det er fortsatt mye å like her! Speakerboxxx er jevnt over bad-ass rap. Big Boi har fet flow, og mange gode features med på laget. Sangene glir litt i hverandre, men GhettoMusick, tomb og bowtie skilte seg særlig ut. The Love Below er mer all over the place. Andre 3000 leker seg med mye forskjellige sjangertrekk, men mange av låtene ender opp litt for enkle (nesten uferdige?) og kjedelige. Men når det klaffer klaffer det som bare det! Hey ya er jo en all-time godlåt, men Spread, Roses, Take off your cool og A life in the day er også fete. Alt i alt kunne disse drøye to timene blitt kuttet ned til en tight time og vært en sterk firer, men sånn det er nå er det mer 3,5/5.

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I like the second half of the album, the Andre 3000 half!

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Hmm, tok meg lot for lite tid til dette monsteret av et dobbelalbum. Likte mye fra Speakerboxxx, flere deilige låter som ga inntrykk av soul og funk. Fikk mindre tid til The love Below, men ga inntrykk av at dette er noe jeg må utforske litt til. Generelt mye bra, men kanskje litt mye interluder, som jeg føler hip hop generelt lider litt mye av. Tror likevel dette fortjener en svak 3-er.

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I might not listen to it again, but it had some enjoyable moments. 7.1/10 Best Track: "Hey Ya!"

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big boi > andre 3000

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impossible to take seriously but thats why its fun

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Interesting, long, couple of good ones.

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guter HipHop. Viele Filler.

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Too long but liked it more than I expected. Second album much better.

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Decent album, surprisingly liked the first hipvhopvalbum better than the funk part

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I respect their musical deviation from fellow artists in the genre at the time, and the rapping is on point. But just not the sound to really grab my attention.

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Its a hit and miss album the whole way through. But when it hits, it hits hard.

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First off, this needs to be treated as two separate albums. Even when doing this, each of the albums is still way too long! There are a lot of tracks that feel like filler, and the various skits should just have been left out completely. It feels like there are potentially two excellent albums in here, each of around 40 min in length. All that aside, there are some really fantastic tracks on both. The bits that I liked, I loved. Two different styles, both with really cool rhymes and flow, great music. Would both easily be a 4 for me... if they were streamlined considerably.

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Starts out strong, has interesting and energetic textures, but starts to taper out.

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Speakerboxxx would kick the hell out of The Love Below if not for Hey Ya/ Roses. Both albums overstayed their welcome though

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Liked Speakerboxx, didn't really like The Love Below. I know the point is to be raunchy about love and relationships but it just wasn't my vibe at all.

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A man of my word.

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You happy now?

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such a polarizing experience...

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Veeeel te lang. Maak er 2 albums van en het had leuker geweest. Na een tijd verveeld maar tijdens hey a toch even wakker

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Enjoyable, like the contrast in the two albums. Apart from the big hits, I like Speakerboxxx more than The Love Below.

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a good album just not a favourite of mine

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Best hip hop album on this list yet and I assume it will be. Like Andre 3000 more than I should and a few features from Killer Mike make this album even better....can’t bare to give this a 4 with the amount of stupid monologues and non music tracks.

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Definite flavour of Prince. Lots of songs the odd one pops through, a bunch are irritating!

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Not bad some hit tracks but didn't engage me too much

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Not generally my thing but some pretty decent tracks on there and BOB is, of course, a banger.

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A truly diverse hip-hop epic.

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I have a great fondness for this album (though really, it’s two albums) but I am now realising I can’t remember when I last listened to it without skipping a whole bunch. The high points are really high, but there’s a whole lot of filler. Listening to both sides from start to finish was not actually that fun.

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ну второй диск вроде нормич, а первый совсем говно если чо))

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I don't think this is for me, but it's still a good album.

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This is a fun album. Lots of good songs but way too long and therefore lots of not so good songs too. Would have a higher score if they cut out some of the cruft. Still mostly fun to listen to.

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It’s would be a four with an editor.

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A solid funky party album. Some cool sounds and grooves. Stand out tracks for me are "Bowtie", "Hey Ya!", "Dracula's Wedding" and the jazzy cover of "My Favourite Things". The biggest problem for me is the length of the album. It felt a bit of a chore to listen to it all and I feel it could have been trimmed into a solid 80 or 90 minute double. I'm torn between 3 and 4. If I could make my own compilation it would be a 4, but based on what's presented it's a 3

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4⭐️ for Speakerboxxx 2⭐️ for The Love Below

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Good but not my bag.

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Aj karamba, o ile liczylem na outkastow na liscie, to jednak mialem cicha nadzieje, ze bedzie to stankonia lub cos bardziej klasycznego, a tworca listy postawil na najbardziej sprzedane wydanie grupy, ktore jest przedostatnim albumem w dyskografii duetu, a raczej podwojnym albumem, bo jak / w tytule wskazuje sa to dwa projekty wydane za jednym razem jako podwojny krazek, speakerboxxx od big boya i the love below andre 3000, dwa tak rozne krazki, ze ciezko bedzie jakos ocenic je jako calosc, bo strona big boya, to wszystko z czego poludniowy hip hop jest znany, wiec funkowo jazzowe beaty z mocnymi elementami basiorowymi, teksty w ktorych glownymi motywami sa problemy spoleczne, ale ubrane w taki sposob, zeby jednak przyjemnie sie tego sluchalo, stad big boiowa persona jest tutaj prawdziwym donem reprezentujacym poludniowy rap, rowniez lista featurow speakerboxxxa dosc jasno wskazuje, ze jest to rapowy album, bo pojawia sie chocby jay z, goodie mob, czy killer mike, ta strona ma 56 minut na 19 kawalkach, zarowno tutaj jak i na the love below mnostwo jest skitow intr i outr, wiec nie jest to najbardziej gladki album autoplejowy jaki mozna sobie wymarzyc, ale dopiero druga strona pokazuje jak ciezki jest to material, bo czesc od andre jest tak eksperymentalna, ze w niektorych momentach wrecz wywracajaca czlowieka zarowno kontentem lirycznym jak i muzycznym, bo o wiele wiecej tutaj romancu, tak duzo, ze ciezko stwierdzic zeby druga strona mowila o czyms innym niz tylko amorach i jego roznorakich aspektach, o wokalnych performansach pana 3k ciezko powiedziec cos wiecej poza tym, ze szalenie ambitnie wymierzyl skale w jakiej bedzie tutaj spiewac, jak czytalem to wszystko bylo nagrywane na chacie, wiec pozwolil sobie na tak wysokie darcie ryja, ze w niektorych momentach mozna go posadzic o bycie kastratem, nie ma tutaj zbyt duzo rapowania, bo wiekszosc 78 strony to jednak spiewy, czesto mocno wymiksowane, ze na kilku kanalach rozne wokale jednoczesnie atakuja, a z kazdego jeden glos, ale jest to tez strona ktora obrodzila w teraz najbardziej znane wsrod mainstreamowego sluchaczaa kawalki takie jak roses, czy tak oszukanczo zamaskowany utwor jakim jest hey ya, ktory pod przykrywka upbeatowej melodii i harmonicznych wokali przemyca srogie prawdy, to wlasnie tutaj widac dlaczego andre jest tak cenionym artystom, a nie tylko raperem, bo zeby sprzedac tak przygnebiajacy kawalek ludziom do zabawy trzeba miec prawdziwy talent, fajna analogie mozna sobie rozkminic, jesli przyjac ten album jako finalny postarany material, bo od takiego sprytnego przemycania trescia cala kariera duetu sie rozpoczela i ich players ballem, wiec nawet the love below ma swoje momenty, ale jednak tak dlugi material potrafi znudzic i zameczyc momentami, gesto czuc, ze cos sie juz slyszalo, nie mowie tylko o tak oczywistych influencjach jak coverowanie funkowo my favorite things, ale 78 minut studiowania milosci, wiec zdecydowanie najpopularniejszego tematu muzyki popularnej, to podroz w niezliczone kawalki, ktore wybrzmiewaja podobna nutka, lista featurow rowniez jest o wiele bardziej egzotyczna i z listowanych nazwisk nie kojarze nikogo, dlugi to byl odsluch nie zapomne go na dlugo, ale jesli chodzi o plejkowe picki, to od andre dodam jego magnum opus tego albumu, wiec hey ya, ale przy tym odsluchu na nowo odkrylem speakerboxxxa i tyle swietnych kawalkow tam ukrytych, wiec dodam the way you move i unhappy, bo otwierajacy ghettomusick juz mialem z dawnego odsluchu, pierwsza strona mocne 4/5, ale dla love below o wiele mniej milosci mam, wiec 2/5

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Good God. No album should be that long. 'Hey ya!' and 'My favourite things' are pretty great tho.

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Way way to long

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Overly long double album with filler and minimal killer

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A few really great songs on here, but most of it doesn't appeal to me.

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I've always had a complicated relationship with hip-hop. Like most middle-class suburban kids, my introduction to hip-hop was in the form of Eminem (I am currently sitting down as I am not the real Slim Shady), and soon after, Outkast. This was would later be followed by the proliferation of the clubby, flashy gangsta rap that put me off hip-hop for a long while. Without delving too much into my on-again-off-again thing (thang?) with the genre, I am just going to come right out and say that Stankonia was Outkast's best work. Unlike Speakerboxx/The Love Below, Stankonia saw the duo at their peak, greater than the sum of their parts. In retrospect, Speakerboxx/The Love Below was a foreshadowing of the pair's eventual break up, primarily due to creative differences. If anything, this double album would be prime evidence of their contrasting ways. Speakerboxx, the half by Big Boi (the guy on the left) started strong, but the vibrant, cacophonous funk, broken by excessive interludes, made this feel tiresome quickly. While it did still feature a fair amount of rap, with appearances by Killer Mike and Ceelo Green amongst others, I could not help but feel that Speakerboxx lacked the urgency and mania that made Outkast so damn catchy. The Love Below, the second hour(?!) by Andre "3000" Benjamin, did little to cut through the bloatedness of the first half. While there were some really cool tracks and unlikely features, and a conceptual narrative to boot, The Love Below felt less like an album and a little more like a soundtrack to a love affair that starts, blooms, flounders and dies. As a standalone work, one could wonder if The Love Below might actually be worth a listen (this writer says "yes"), but after the first hour that was Speakerboxx, ones' aural tummy cannot help but feel numb and force-fed.  Overall, I did enjoy Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, but not without having to drag myself through it at some points, and wondering aloud if the album would have worked better as an hour outing, sans the some of the interludes. I'm sorry Ms Jackson. I am for real.

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Such a long and huge double album. I've always been more into Andre 3000, and The Love Below is definitely the better half of this in my opinion. The singles are obviously great, and the deeper cuts on Love Below still got me good, but I'm just not as big a fan of Speakerboxxx. Southern Hip Hop just isn't my jam. This would be a 4.5 for me if you cut it down to one album. Best tracks from both. But it's just a 3.

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Shorter list if was who didn't play on this/these albums. Watch "Be Cool", Andre 3000 is great along w other stars. I like that it has good singing.

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OutKast's double-album is ambitious project that ultimately suffers from it's length. There are some certified classics on here, though. They are so good that they outshine the other songs on the album. If I had it my way, I'd cut out the filler from both albums and combine them into one.

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40 songs, 2 hours... this album is a commitment.

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Ups and downs throughout. Lyrically its a bit hit and miss - the singles are all pretty good, as are the few songs which give the artists room to show vulnerability. When it's about a desired or despised woman though, the lyrics can get pretty lowbrow - and in an uncomfortable way, not a fun way. When its good though, it gets almost wholesome, which is not a word I expected to be applying. Musically its much more consistent, solid beats and catchy tunes almost all the way through, which is saying something for a ~2 hour long double album. Very impressive also how the two halves feel distinct, but cohesive - no doubt a much harder balance to strike than they make it look. This still isn't really my kind of music but I can't deny that its very well put together.

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honestly I'd never expect that I will rate this album so low, I knew some of the songs and classics like Hey ya or Roses are pure masterpieces, but damn, 40 songs, it killed me. None album should be this long, I mean I know that we got 2 discs here, but it's still too much. Still 3,5 tho, unique vibe and hip hop legacy, Andre is a genius

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Not bad not bad...

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Some 4- and 5-star tracks for sure, but A LOT of filler.

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надо вернуться, пока норм

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Hip hop is generally not my favorite genre. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would but not enough to buy it.

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You don’t always have to understand art to appreciate and even enjoy it: Stanley Kubrick’s '2001: A Space Odyssey,' or Jackson Pollock’s abstract ‘drip’ paintings. Or, 'The Love Below,' the second half of OutKast’s double LP. (More accurately, this is not so much a double album as it is two separate LPs.) Other than the general theme of love/sex, I couldn’t make much sense out of Andre 3000s lyrics. Nor did I understand the inclusion of so many other things besides rap, like the seemingly random snippets of conversations (‘God [Interlude]’ or ‘Where Are My Panties.’) He actually ends the LP with an unfinished rambling stream of consciousness number including the statement, ‘and that’s as far as I got.’ And I’m not even going to ask what a ‘macaroni’ n-word is. On ‘Love Hater,’ he sings that ‘everyone needs someone to love,’ but then in the chorus, ‘Love hater, hater of love.’ So, which is it? And is Andre the love hater, or someone else? Hmmm… Again, while much of Andre’s lyrics were lost on me, I very much enjoyed the general sound he creates in the background- trip hop. Spacey, cool, and very danceable. Yeah, I dug it as much as a 62 year old middle class white guy living in a suburb of Denver can. I was already familiar with the LP’s big hit, ‘Hey Ya,’ and it’s a hit for a reason, one of the best offerings of the bunch. (The video is pretty clever, too.) I’m also a fan of John Coltrane’s free jazz so I really enjoyed the sampling of his astounding tenor sax version of ‘My Favorite Things’ with an equally fantastic piano solo, all set against a superfast synthesized beat. Now, Big Boi’s (the other member of the OutKast duo) side one, 'Speakerboxxx' (triple x rated, get it?), that’s a whole other matter. I did understand much of what Big Boi was rapping about, unfortunately: sex (with no mention of love), violence, substance abuse, prison. Big Boi highlights some of the issues concerning 21st century black Americans, but never offers any helpful solutions. More unfortunately, he sometimes glorifies the sex and violence. On the positive side, though, his side also contained some lovely harmonies (‘The Way You Move’) ala the mighty 1970s R&B band, Earth, Wind, and Fire, and a generous amount of tremendously vicious beats. Every bit as danceable as Andre’s side, albeit with a much darker edge. In addition to the massive amount of lyrical content and sampling throughout, this double LP is also loaded with guest artists (too many to name, but the R&B diva Patti LaBelle is the first to appear) that pop in and out like the little creatures in the whack a mole game. Be sure you have plenty of time to listen to this recording. You might even want to make a sandwich or two to have on hand. Take the dog out first. A catheter might be helpful. I have a friend who is a priest in the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition who gave me some advice concerning the massive amount of words chanted during the Divine Liturgy. ‘It’s too much to comprehend,’ I complained. ‘Too many words coming too fast for too long a time!’ His advice? ‘Just let all those words wash over you, and listen with your heart rather than your mind. The service is not about comprehension as much as experience, a foretaste, of heavenly glory.’ Maybe that’s good advice for listening to 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,' as well, on its own different terms. And that’s as far as I got.

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Long album and I did not have time today to give it a full listen. Hey Ya is a great song though and while hip hop is not a genre of mine, I bounced around the double album to get a flavor of it. 3

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A lot to listen to

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So long

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Très gros album, sûrement le meilleur du groupe. J’aime le concept d’avoir deux albums différents. À l’époque je préférais The Love Below. Je crois que c’est encore le cas, mais les beats de Speakerboxxx sont très bons, mais rien de mémorable. Hey Ya! est la meilleure pièce du disque, voir du groupe.

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This is Outkast at their most experimental, and nearing the end of their time as a group. Overall this was a fun one for me to revisit.

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Not bad, but not their best

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Several 5* songs - incl Hey Ya, one of the best ever - but too scattered and way too long overall.

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classic

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Niet helemaal geluisterd, maar vond ik wel interessant klinken.

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Way to long for my tastes- got some bangers in there for sure. Second half is WAY better imo.

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3/5

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honestly this was a strange album because it was all over the place but i liked it? i knew a couple songs and i thought it was pretty groovy.

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This was interesting (and long) but I didn't love it. Just not my style. I liked The Love Below better than Speakerboxxx - just a bit more musical and less rap-oriented. 3 stars for the effort.

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It's way too long and all over the place and doesn't live up to its predecessors, but also there is so much great stuff within it that it's still an enjoyable project (though it's crazy that Aquemini didn't make it onto the list)

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Hey Ya slaps. Big boi is somehow still overrated despite not really being rated

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Long but enjoyable

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Good, but WAAAAAAYYYYYYY too long. Come on, guys. Enough already. 3/5

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So long, so very long...but I enjoyed it more than Stankonia. But so long.

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Too long

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bagunça

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Niet echt mijn ding, al kan ik de funk en soul elementen wel waarderen

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meh. very not my type.

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Hm, ja. Hm. Haut mich jetzt über weite Strecken nicht um, leider. Nicht soo gut gealtert. Machen wir Freundschaftspreis - 2,4.

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The first album we see with a Parental Advisory. I was wondering why at first since it was rap for the radio. Once the bills were paid, the gangsta came out to play. I wasn't a big fan.

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Niet 100% mijn ding. De hits 'Hey Ya' en 'Roses' blijven wel leuke nummers, maar de rest vind ik wat saai

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That didn’t age well, did it?

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HipHop ist einfach nicht meins.

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Better than I thought, but couldn't finish it.

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Ikke helt min greie. Veldig sann tekst basert, og litt lite interesant musikk for min smak.

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meh

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Classic 2000's hip-hop that I never listened to/appreciated as a kid. Too outdated for me to get into it now, but it sure was a blast from the past.

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Not sure about this one- particularly didn't vibe with the first half of the album but the second half has Roses and Hey Ya so made it much more enjoyable.

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Song 5, finally the first one I know. I thought I'd know more so far since it's Outkast. First disk was ok, nothing super special I didn't think. Second disk is definitely more artistic so far, on song 5 of it. Still don't really love it, but it's better imo. Ugh, I just can't with these lyrics. They're so...... raunchy. At least for my taste. Song 9 on disc 2.... finally another one I know. Ah, I know song 10 too. Overall, meh it was ok.

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Not what I would actively seek out. But was not terrible....

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21/2

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FINALLY SOMETHING THAT ISN'T ROCK! but damn it's long. I finally finished it. This felt like such a chore but since I had already listened to like 1/3 of it I felt I had to complete it. Tbh I skimmed parts of it--- because there are some great bits (inventive, use interesting sounds, jazzy bits, neat loops), and some very boring bits (very repetitive, uninventive loops, boring sounds, bland lyrics, just way too LONG). Boring bit examples: A life in the day of Benjamin Andre, most of the interludes, Tomb of the Boom. Good (entertaining/interesting) bit examples: She's alive, My favorite things, Take off your Cool, Unhappy. If it had been maybe 45 minutes, with just the best tracks and none of the completely unmemorable tracks, then it could've been really good. But as it is, it's 2 hours and 15 long minutes of intriguing ideas interspersed with unnecessary filler.

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I'm not a hip hop fan, but The Love Below has a cool jazzy vibe, so overall the album is quite acceptable. 2/5 mostly thanks to "My Favourite Things". And God, this is long indeed.

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wasnt able to finish, so shitty

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Not my kind of music.

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Not my cup of tea - over long and rambling

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Vi la carátula, escuché los primeros dos temas, y desistí.

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I'm not doing over 2 hours of Outkast today, I'm just not. This will be the first time I've not listened to an entire album, but I just fucking refuse (I ended up turning it off on the second song of disc 2). aaaaaand it's just skanky late 90s hip hop anyway. I know these guys are in the list because they had a pop hit and the compilers of this list just go by that, particularly when it comes to genres like this, but uuuugh it's just boring and I can feel the gold teeth through the speakers. 2/5.

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The Big Boi album is the better of the 2 as it's more consistent, the other one is as messy as i remember. Hey Ya and a few others are brilliant but so many meandering annoying songs as well

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The Love Below gefällt mir um einiges besser als Speakerboxxx, das besser nie aufgenommen worden wäre. Überhaupt ist diese in keinem Detail zusammenpassende Zusammenstellung zweier Alben mehr als unverständlich. Es fehlt der rote Faden und es ist nicht ein Hauch einer gemeinsamen Handschrift ist erkennbar und lässt einen ratlos zurück. Love Below 4 Sterne, stellenweise sehr geil, Speakerboxxx 0.

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A couple of songs were alright, but otherwise imo it sucked. I couldn't get into it and thus I didn't end up finishing the entire album.

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Overindulgent, far too long and with a lot of filler. Ghetto Musick is great, but it's downhill after that.

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didn't like it, could have easily been a single album, can't believe people will complain that jazz is the musician self-indulging but would listen to 2 discs of this

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Interesting. Not a big rap fan but I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of genres present on this album.

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Too long. Far too much filler, not sure how it got nominated for six Grammys

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Mmm Hey Ya, but wierd mix.

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2/5 naaah

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The hip hop for white critics

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It's alright, but not really my cup of tea.

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No album needs to be over 2 hours long. There's so much filler as well

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The hit songs are great but the rest are just ok. It's a long album to get through when most songs are just ok.

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I don't like interludes. Some jams.

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There are actually a few decent tracks on here, but the running time is in no way justified.

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4/10 Best Song - Flip Flop Rock

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As the title and album art implies, this is really two separate albums. Speakerboxxx is by Big Boi and The Love Below is by Andre 3000. The two albums are very different, almost contrasting, and it is difficult to see how they work together. You may put one or the other on depending on your mood, but it is difficult to think of circumstances where you would listen to both back-to-back (unless you are on a voyage to listen to the '1001 albums you must hear before you die' before you die, of course). Based on the write-ups, I had expected to prefer The Love Below, however, my experience was the opposite. Speakerboxx is a catchy, melodic, high energy, and fun hip hop album. I enjoyed this a lot and struggle to think of a hip hop album that I have enjoyed more than this. 3 3.5/5 The Love Below is high energy and a mish-mash of styles which is fun with some cool high points (including Heat Ya!), but the overall effect is quite jarring. 2.5/5. Together this gives an average of 3/5, however, I'm knocking a point off for the two halves not really working together. I'd like to know how this came to be one Outcast album rather than two solo albums or two separate Outcast releases. 2/5

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the musical equivalent of corn syrup

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'Hey ya' vind ik een topplaat, de rest vind ik tamelijk nietszeggend.

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Gewoon helemaal gedraaid! Omdat het me niet stoorde, maar zeker niet omdat ik het zo'n boeiend plaatje vond. Meh!

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If this was just one album split in half, probably a three stars but this is just too much. Some good stuff in here but it’s a lot SORRY

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Enorme, ficou tocando e nem percebi os hits.

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Wanted to like this more. Double albums are a huge turnoff in this project, but pushed through. Speakerboxxx felt like I couldn’t hear the vocals. The Love Below was better but mostly because of the instrumentals.

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Nope. Clearly not anything I need to have or listen to ever.

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Not my type of music at all

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Rap music is not my cup of tea. It was tolerable in gta san andreas but as a standalone nope. Not at all

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Didn't even bother the picture says it all!

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Not my cup of tea.

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A couple of ok songs but didn't enjoy the vast majority of tracks

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40 músicas? mais de 2h??? quem escolhe os albuns desse livro?? QUEM TEM 2H DO DIA PRA OUVIR MÚSICA RUIM???

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The only thing this made album me feel was boredom. Also his voice sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me.

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Nope

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nope nope nope

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Not my case. And though I did enjoy some tracks, the album was just TOO DAMN LONG :D

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Apart from "Bust" didn't like any other songs. Was a hard listen due to the length of the album(s)

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Sounds very dated and far far far too long...maybe it's just not my thing...

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Repeat from other list.

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Not my type of music. Also, 2h is too damn long.

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Having only heard (and not enjoying) Hey Ya, I wasn’t sure if I wasn’t a fan of just that song or OutKast. Now I know I’m not a fan of OutKast.

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Not good

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Not for me! Too racially motivated and crass.

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An hour and a half of Outkast is about 2 hours too much Outkast. Much like Kanye, these guys are not geniuses, and people need to stop throwing that word around like it means something.

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