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Day 146: Outkast – Stankonia

24 Jul


I’ma be straight with y’all.  This is not an optimal time for record listening.  It’s 12:45 in the morning, and the stresses of writing camp have taken their toll on me.  I’ve just scraped through half of Aristotle’s The Aim of Man, of which I’m sure 90% went straight over my head.  We’ll get through this together.

All of that is unfortunate, too.  I’ve been looking forward to this record for a while now.  I’ve heard the pretty standard Outkast singles before (Ms. Jackson, Roses, Hey Yeah), and they all kick ass.  Everyone talks about Stankonia and how amazing it is, so I figured it was time to give it a listen.

Yeah, it’s awesome.  Calling Outkast’s music “hip-hop” does not do it justice.  Freak-hop, maybe?  Still, that doesn’t quite capture its off beat insanity.

Yeah, Andre 3000 and Big Boi rap, so I guess technically, this is hip-hop.  It’s just that there’s so much going on in Stankonia compared to the other rap records that I’ve been exposed to.  I’m in awe.

Calling Stankonia “hip-hop” just feels restricting. These guys sample everything under the sun, in a way that makes me think of Girl Talk—it just sounds that good.  It’s also mostly catchy as hell, which is always a good thing.

It also helped that I knew a bunch of songs going in—songs that I didn’t even know I knew.  Sure, everyone’s heard the standard Ms. Jackson, but I recognized a few more.  That’s always cool.

I’m going to sleep.  Night.