Outkast – “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” Album Anniversary

Outkast – “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” Album Anniversary

Outkast released their first studio album “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” on April 26, 1994.  The album was produced by Organized Noize and is declared as the album that sparked the arrival of the Atlanta sound when only the East and West coast where the main focus coasts in Hip Hop.

The album first single “Player’s Ball” gave us a view of what homies look like and sound in the “Dirty South”.  It didn’t sound west coast.  I didn’t sound east coast.  It just sounded dope!  Big Boi represents with,

“Hallelujah hallelujah yah know i do some things more different than i
Used ta coz i’m a player doing what the players do the package store is
Closed okay my deck is woofin this is ridiculous  i’m gettin serious i’m
Gettin curious coz the house is smelling sick of chitlins all this
Vicious i make no wishes coz the modern folk is in the back gettin tipsy
Off the nog-en and i’s in a hellova contact smoke they havin a smoke out”

The second single which is the title track, continues the funky slow paced southern flow with Andre and Big Boi doing what they do best!  The hook will have you singing this track for days!  Andre kills it with,

“Time to drop these bows, like Dusty Rhodes
Then I yell HO!
We knocking em off they feet like a southern hustler supposed
To do , I’m in the house, house like
A joint is lit for my kin folks
And all the niggas that was down, since we been broke
Takin’em deeper than a submarine
So scream when you hear the team of two
My groove be thick as two fat hoes sittin off in a room
I’m packing my tag backwards if you want to be acting wrong
Word is bond like super glue
Its funky like poopa scoop
And every word I say you can true.”

The third single “Git Up, Get Out” featuring Cee-Lo and Big Gipp of Goodie Mobb, is my personal favorite.  It brings a message with their music, which is something that the music today lacks.  As soon as you hear Cee-Lo say,

“Nigga, you need to git up, git out and git somethin
Don’t let the days of your life pass by
You need to git up, git out and git somethin
Don’t spend all your time tryin to get high
You need git up, git out and git somethin
How will you make it if you never even try
You need to git up, git out and git somethin
Cuz you and I got to do for you and I “

you know we’ve reached another level.  He then continues and kills it with his verse,

“You need to git up, git out, cut that bullshit out
Ain’t you sick and tired of having to do without
And what up with all these questions?
As act as though you know somethin I don’t. Do you have any suggestions?
Cuz every job I get is cruel and demeanin
Sick of takin trash out and toilet bowl cleanin
But I’m also sick and tired of strugglin
I never ever thought I’d have resort to drug smugglin
Naw, that ain’t what I’m about
Cee-Lo is just continue travelin his route
Without any doubt or fear
I know the Lord ain’t brought me this far so he could drop me off here
Did I make myself clear?”

On “Hootie Hoo”, The Kast bring the “boom bap” sound and spit  about their favorite rolling paper “White Owls” and it’s infectious hook will have you do the “Hootie Hoo” for days.

On “Crumblin Erb” they encourage kids to know that it’s much better to smoke a blunt than a brotha!  “Aint No Thang” gives us a taste of the souther twang with that funk and catchy chorus,

“Ain’t no thang but a chicken wang
We havin a smoke out in the Dungeon with the Mary Jane
It’s just a pimps (players), Mack daddies (East Point)
It’s all about that ses in yo chest (It’s the joint)”

Again, Andre kills it with his verse,

“3-5-7 to your fo’head, there’ll be mo’ dead
Cuz I’mma Pro, Ked
So Lord forgive me, I got to keep my milly right here near me
When I be doin fine until these niggaz want to clear me off my street
But in my hood hood, they hollerin ghetto
Don’t have no neighbors that hit the pipe but never let go
But I feel for them like Chaka Khan feel for you
Ain’t shit that we can do but rest in peace, pour a brew”

The album is bangin from start to finish, but it seems that some people are not “feeling it”.  All I can say is that if it’s because they are “country” then you are missing out on some funky and classic music.  Not only that, but as they grew older, they gave us more of that Dirty South sound we “all” love.  Artists like Ludacris, T.I. and other southern rappers were all inspired by these guys and if it wasn’t for Outkast we would never get to hear classics like, “Elevators”, “Bombs Over Baghdad”, “Rosa Parks” and “So Fresh, So Clean”.  They weren’t the first rappers from Atlanta, but they were sure the funkiest and undoubtedly one of the greatest duos in Hip Hop History.

-Al E.

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