OutKast – B.O.B

OutKast released their single “B.O.B” on September 19, 2000.  The track was produced by Earthtone III and appeared on their fourth studio album “Stankonia” that was released on October 31, 2000.  The single and album were both released on LaFace/Arista Records.

After listening to “Rosa Parks” and “Skew It on the Bar-B” back in 1998, I was ready for some new OutKast tracks that were going to blow my mind.  I felt like every album they outdid themselves creating new sounds and flow we had never heard before. Some people called it “country rap” and others just hated it form the start.  I loved anything new and different and this song is different from any other song I’ve heard from them.

The track is on some crazy fast paced beats per minute (155 in fact) track and bass rhythms, and will have you not only trying to catch up to Andre and Big Boi’s fast paces flow, but make you dance till you drop!  Of course “B.O.B” stands for “Bombs Over Baghdad” and beyond the song being on the political tip, it also has some sexual double meaning and also a shot at the problems that plague the inner-city neighborhoods.  The track is insane and at the end of the song, the cuts and scratches not to mention the gospel choir takes this track to another level.  This is definitely one of the greatest OutKast tracks ever.

The album “Stankonia” has some dope cuts including “So Fresh, So Clean“, “Ms. Jackson” and “Humble Mumble” (featuring Erykah Badu) and even though this album is note as revolutionary as the first 3 albums, there is still some classic material for you to chew on here.

 

[Verse 1: Andre 3000]
1, 2.. 1, 2, 3; yeah!
Inslumnational, underground
Thunder pounds when I stomp the ground
Like a million elephants and silverback orangutans
You can’t stop a train
Who want some? Don’t come unprepared
I’ll be there, but when I leave there
Bet I be a household name
Weather man tellin’ us it ain’t gon’ rain
So now we sittin’ in a drop-top, soakin wet
In a silk suit, tryin’ not to sweat
Hit somersaults without the net
But this’ll be the year that we won’t forget
1-9-9-9, Anno Domini, anything goes, be what you wanna be
Long as you know consequences are given for livin’
The fence is too high to jump in jail
Too low to dig, I might just touch hell – HOT!
Get a life, now they on sale
Then I might cast you a spell, look at what came in the mail
A scale and some Arm and Hammer
Soul gold grill and a baby mama
Black Cadillac and a pack of Pampers
Stack of question with no answers
Cure for cancer, cure for AIDS
Make a nigga wanna stay on tour for days
Get back home, things are wrong
Well not really, it was bad all along
Before you left adds up to a ball of power
Thoughts at a thousands miles per hour
Hello, ghetto, let your brain breathe
Believe there’s always more, ahhhhh!

[Hook: André 3000 + Morris Brown College Gospel Choir]
Don’t pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang
Bombs over Baghdad!
Yeah, Don’t even bang unless you plan to hit something
Bombs over Baghdad!
Don’t pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang
Bombs over Baghdad!
Don’t even bang unless you plan to hit something
Bombs over Baghdad!

[Verse 2: Big Boi]
Uno, dos, tres, it’s on
Did you ever think a pimp rock a microphone?
Like that there boy and will still stay street
Big things happen every time we meet
Like a track team, crack fiend, dyin’ to geek
Outkast bumping up and down the street
Slantback, Cadillac, ’bout 5 niggas deep
75 MC’s freestyling to the beat
Cause we get krunk, stay drunk, at the club
Should have bought an ounce, but you copped a dub
Should have held back, but you throwed a punch
Supposed to meet your girl but you packed a lunch
No D to the U to the G for you
Got a son on the way by the name of Bamboo
Got a little baby girl four year, Jordan
Never turn my back on my kids for them
Should have hit it, quit it, rag top
Before you re-up, get a laptop
Make a business for yourself, boy, set some goals
Make a fat diamond out of dusty coals
Record number four, but we on a roll
Hold up, slow up, stop, “Control”
Like Janet, plan it, Stankonia’s on ya
Moving like Floyd, coming straight to Florida
Lock all your windows then block the corridors
Pulling off a belt cause a whipping’s in order
Like a three-piece just ‘fore I cut your daughter
Yo quiero Taco Bell, then I hit the border
Pitty pat rappers trying to get to 5
I’m a microphone fiend tryin’ to stay alive
When you come to ATL boy you betta not hide
Cause the Dungeon Family gon’ ride, hah!

[Hook]
[Dre]
Don’t pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang
[Choir]
Bombs over Baghdad!
[Dre]
Yeah, Don’t even bang unless you plan to hit something
[Choir]
Bombs over Baghdad!
[Dre]
Don’t pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang
[Choir]
Bombs over Baghdad!
[Dre]
Yeah! Ha ha yeah!
Don’t even bang unless you plan to hit something
[Choir]
Bombs over Baghdad!

[Choir]
Bombs over Baghdad!
[Choir]
Bombs over Baghdad!
[Choir]
Bombs over Baghdad!
[Choir]
Bombs over Baghdad!

[Outro]
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top
Bob your head, rag top

Power music, electric revival
Power music, electric revival
Power music, electric revival
Power music, electric revival
Power music, electric revival
Power music, electric revival
Power music, electric revival
Power music, electric revival
Power music

-Al E.

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