Saturday Night Music, June 20: OutKast, “I Like The Way You Move”

Yeah, Old School is not supposed to like New School.

Well, Old School can like some of New School.

This song was blasting on almost every car radio, on every hip-hop station, on almost every iPod, along with “Hey Ya,” in the fall/winter and spring/summer of 2003-2004 while I was in New York. One couldn’t get away from it; that signature chorus was infectious and exuberant. As they used to say on American Bandstand, you could dance off it, even cha-cha.

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was an ambitious album, trying to combine two styles representative of the two rappers. It’s been called the hip-hop generation’s “White Album.” Big Boi’s Speakerboxxx was in the usual OutKast hip-hop vein, with Andre (3000) Benjamin’s The Love Below being more in tune with classical, soul, jazz, and funk–Old School influences that may or may not have helped spawn hip-hop. Plus Andre 3000 sings rather than raps in this supposedly “last” album before the pair “broke up.” The result–to critics–was a masterpiece, and a Grammy to OutKast for 2004 Album of the Year.

Wiki sez:

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below has been certified diamond and 11 times platinum by the RIAA for shipping more than 11 million units (in this case, 5.5 million double album sets), becoming the best selling rap album of all time.

There are indeed some things worth listening to.

~ by blksista on June 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “Saturday Night Music, June 20: OutKast, “I Like The Way You Move””

  1. Hi there!

    I am not familiar with OutKast since I listen to mostly classical music and contemporary gospel and classic worship music.

    I am glad that I found this blog so that I can stay current!

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

    P.S. I am glad that you wrote about the downing of New Orleans because last year I wrote a post that cloud seeding was responsible for the catastrophe of New Orleans and that the “hurricane” was produced by chemicals and was NOT a natural diseaster as the government CLAIMED…not at all.


    • Hmmmm…that’s a new take on Katrina, but frankly, there is such a thing as a summer hurricane season, and with global warming, scientists have been saying that frequency and intensity of hurricanes will increase.


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