Idlewild

Idlewild

by OutKast
     
 

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A lot happened to OutKast between the moment they began to think about making a movie and the release of Idlewild. In 1998, no studio would back the movie they were plotting. Fast-forward eight years, past a fourth successive classic album, a double-disc blockbuster, and countless breakup rumors, as well as moonlighting gigs involving

Overview

A lot happened to OutKast between the moment they began to think about making a movie and the release of Idlewild. In 1998, no studio would back the movie they were plotting. Fast-forward eight years, past a fourth successive classic album, a double-disc blockbuster, and countless breakup rumors, as well as moonlighting gigs involving supporting actor roles and a successful dog kennel. Along the way, OutKast's first movie took on an entirely different shape, from Aquemini to Idlewild, and the duo attained enough star power to gain the support of HBO and Universal. After a series of delays with its soundtrack, Idlewild reached theaters in August 2006. Set in the prohibition era, Big Boi plays a speakeasy owner, while Dré is the relatively introverted piano-playing son of a mortician. These roles are no stretch, and they cross paths in only a handful of scenes; this all befits the together-but-separate presentation the duo has maintained for a few years. That presentation holds true throughout Idlewild's soundtrack, which doubles as the sixth OutKast album. Big Boi and André 1936 share little space on a disc that's not so much a series of misfires as it's filled with shots that reach their targets, albeit softly and with little trace of impact. Rich with color and energy, mischievous asides, and biting observations, the album presents fresh ideas every couple of minutes. However, at the same time, it just keeps on going, and even its highlights fall short of OutKast's past and fail to transcend its assortment of inspirations. Little of it sticks. The music of the '30s seeps through a handful of tracks, the best of which is led by Big Boi protégé Janelle Monaé, a young vocalist who stomps and sways through her time in the spotlight. Despite Dré's likely position as the driving creative force behind the whole project -- and its further strides away from what his detractors think he should be doing -- he's far more effective as an MC than a singer. When it comes to rapping, he's "bored" with "no dragon to battle," yet the verse containing that proclamation outstrips just about all the lines he croons. "Hollywood Divorce" is an exception, where he does triple duty (producer, MC, vocalist) and guides Big Boi, Lil Wayne, and Snoop Dogg through a modern-day version of "Burn Hollywood Burn." Big Boi is the album's saving grace, still every bit the undervalued force with scythe-like rhymes and gazelle-like moves. Idlewild

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0828767579221
catalogNumber:
75792

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

OutKast   Primary Artist
Bamboo   Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Vocals
Preston Crump   Bass
Joi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Kendricks   Keyboards
Debra Killings   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dave Robbins   Bass,Keyboards
Albey Scholl   Harmonica
Mike Patterson   Bass,Guitar
Terry Smith   Background Vocals
André Benjamin   Vocals
Jerry Freeman   Cornet,Horn
David Whild   Guitar,Background Vocals
Macy Gray   Vocals
Victor Alexander   Drums
Cutmaster Swift   scratching
Lil Wayne   Vocals
Mike Hardnett   Guitar
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman   Keyboards
Sleepy Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals
André 3000   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Eddie Ellis   Conductor
David "Whild" Brown   Background Vocals
Janelle Monáe   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jason Freeman   Horn
Steven Boos   Drums
Jeff Bowden   Keyboards
Myrna "Peach" Brown   Vocals
Dookieblossumgame   Vocals
Tuesday Henderson   Percussion
Hot Tub Tony   Background Vocals
Kevin Kendrix   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Skreechy Peachy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Uncoolgirlz Choir   Background Vocals
Melissa Zampatti   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Fry   Audio Production
John Frye   Engineer
Kevin Kendricks   Producer
Organized Noize   Programming,Producer,drum programming
D.P. "Dad" Carter   Composer
Chris Jackson   Engineer
Matt Still   Audio Production
Vernon Mungo   Engineer
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Sean Davis   Engineer,Audio Production
André Benjamin   Executive Producer
Jerry Freeman   Horn Arrangements
Antwan Patton   Executive Producer
P. Brown   Composer
Robert Hannon   Engineer
Denise Trorman   Art Direction
Malik Albert   Engineer,Audio Production
André 3000   Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
John Holmes   Engineer,Audio Production
Chris Carmouche   Engineer,Audio Production
Morris Brown College Gospel Choir   Instrumentation
Kori Anders   Engineer
Gary Fly   Engineer
Johnny Vulture   Producer
Janelle Monáe   Arranger,Producer
Chuck Lightning   Arranger,Producer
Kevin Kendrix   Horn Arrangements
Matthew Still   Engineer

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