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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Even compared to their already excellent and forward-looking catalog, OutKast's sprawling third album, Aquemini, was a stroke of brilliance. The chilled-out space-funk of ATLiens had already thrown some fans for a loop, and Aquemini made it clear that its predecessor was no detour, but a stepping stone for even greater ambitions. Some of ATLiens' ethereal futurism is still present, but more often Aquemini plants its feet on the ground for a surprisingly down-home flavor. The music draws from a vastly eclectic palette of sources, and the live instrumentation is fuller-sounding than ATLiens. Most importantly, producers Organized Noize imbue their tracks with a Southern ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Even compared to their already excellent and forward-looking catalog, OutKast's sprawling third album, Aquemini, was a stroke of brilliance. The chilled-out space-funk of ATLiens had already thrown some fans for a loop, and Aquemini made it clear that its predecessor was no detour, but a stepping stone for even greater ambitions. Some of ATLiens' ethereal futurism is still present, but more often Aquemini plants its feet on the ground for a surprisingly down-home flavor. The music draws from a vastly eclectic palette of sources, and the live instrumentation is fuller-sounding than ATLiens. Most importantly, producers Organized Noize imbue their tracks with a Southern earthiness and simultaneous spirituality that come across regardless of what Dre and Big Boi are rapping about. Not that they shy away from rougher subject matter, but their perspective is grounded and responsible, intentionally avoiding hardcore clich├ęs. Their distinctive vocal deliveries are now fully mature, with a recognizably Southern rhythmic bounce but loads more technique than their territorial peers. Those flows grace some of the richest and most inventive hip-hop tracks of the decade. The airy lead single "Rosa Parks" juxtaposes front-porch acoustic guitar with DJ scratches and a stomping harmonica break that could have come from nowhere but the South. Unexpected touches like that are all over the record: the live orchestra on "Return of the 'G'"; the electronic, George Clinton-guested "Synthesizer"; the reggae horns and dub-style echo of "SpottieOttieDopaliscious"; the hard-rocking wah-wah guitar of "Chonkyfire"; and on and on. What's most impressive is the way everything comes together to justify the full-CD running time, something few hip-hop epics of this scope ever accomplish. After a few listens, not even the meditative jams on the second half of the album feel all that excessive. Aquemini fulfills all its ambitions, covering more than enough territory to qualify it as a virtuosic masterpiece, and a landmark hip-hop album of the late '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • Label: La Face
  • UPC: 730082605328
  • Catalog Number: 26053
  • Sales rank: 9,428

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hold on, Be Strong (1:11)
  2. 2 Return of the "G" (4:49)
  3. 3 Rosa Parks (5:24)
  4. 4 Skew It on the Bar-B - Raekwon (3:15)
  5. 5 Aquemini (5:19)
  6. 6 Synthesizer (5:11)
  7. 7 Slump (5:09)
  8. 8 West Savannah (4:03)
  9. 9 Da Art of Storytellin', Pt. 1 (3:43)
  10. 10 Da Art of Storytellin', Pt. 2 (2:48)
  11. 11 Mamacita (5:52)
  12. 12 Spottieottiedopaliscious (7:07)
  13. 13 Y'All Scared - Big Gipp (4:50)
  14. 14 Nathaniel (1:10)
  15. 15 Liberation - C-Lo (8:46)
  16. 16 Chonkyfire (6:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
OutKast Primary Artist
Charles Veal Concert Master
George Clinton Background Vocals
LaMarquis Mark Jefferson Bass
Debra Killings Background Vocals
Jim Sitterly Violin
Raekwon Track Performer
Darian Emory Horn
Jim Smith Background Vocals
Erykah Badu Vocals
C-Lo Vocals
Kenneth Wright Synthesizer
Craig Love Guitar
Martin Terry Electric Guitar
Tomi Martin Guitar
Joi Gilliam Vocals
Skinny Miracles Bass
Whild Peach Vocals
Witchdoctor Vocals
Mr. DJ scratching
Omar Phillips Percussion
Ruben Bailey Vocals
Jamahr Williams Vocals
Khujo Vocals, Track Performer
The South Central Chamber Orchestra Strings, Woodwind
Victor Alexander Drums
Big Boi Vocals
Big Gipp Track Performer
Jermaine Smith Background Vocals
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman Synthesizer, Piano, Moog Bass
Sleepy Brown Background Vocals
Delvida Flaherty Vocals
Technical Credits
Babyface Executive Producer
Charles Veal Orchestral Arrangements
John Frye Engineer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Organized Noize Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
OutKast Producer, Executive Producer
Bernasky Wall Engineer
Nigel Sawyer Assistant Art Director
Blake Eiseman Engineer
D.L. Warfield Art Direction
Ryan Williams Engineer
Big Boi Contributor
Jean B. Smit Engineer
Mr. DJ Sheats Arranger, Producer
Greg Hawkins Artwork
Corey Woods Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Daddy Fat Sacks and Dre top themselves

    The first CD to launch Andre 3000 and Big Boi, better known as Outkast, into the mainstream would have to be the album Aquemini. Popular singles ¿Rosa Parks¿ and ¿Skew It On the Bar-B¿ had the catchy beats and choruses to capture the TRL audience, and they also include more unconventional rap songs, such as ¿SpottieOttieDopalicious¿. One of my favorite tracks, ¿SpottieOttieDopalicious¿, features a more spoken word approach over an addictive beat, with a great horn and guitar partnership between verses. Aquemini shows a maturing in the rap duo since their 1996 release, ATLiens, the Atlanta based team incorporates a variety of instruments such as the harmonica, piano, trumpet and kalimba. The album also features the vocal assistance of old school rap pioneer George Clinton, Raekwon, and fellow Atlantans Goodie Mob. This is probably the best CD to come out of Atlanta and is a must have for any fan of ¿down south¿ tunes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    OUTKAST IS SLICK

    this cd is nice, filled with beautiful lyrics, original beats and supernaural delivery. it is a must have for any true hip hop fan.

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