Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

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by OutKast

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With this double-disc magnum opus, Outkast prove that as a group they exceed the sum of their parts. Splitting production responsibilities and artistic visions down the middle, Big Boi and Andre 3000 provide one big, genre-bending, futuristic gangsta's paradise but come up short on the cohesive masterpiece fans may have expected after See more details below


With this double-disc magnum opus, Outkast prove that as a group they exceed the sum of their parts. Splitting production responsibilities and artistic visions down the middle, Big Boi and Andre 3000 provide one big, genre-bending, futuristic gangsta's paradise but come up short on the cohesive masterpiece fans may have expected after Aquemini and the Grammy-winning Stankonia. Big Boi's Speakerboxxx is a hop, skip, and a jump from the latter's funky synth workouts, machine-gun drum patterns, ball-breaking bass, and rat-a-ta-tat rhyming. Closest to the OutKast of yore, Big Boi's 20-track disc doesn't have the infectious hooks of past releases. Still, tracks such as "Bowtie" with its big-band horns, the velvety croon of "The Way You Move," and the hyper-kinetic bass thumps of "Ghettomusick" show his knack for undeniably progressive hip-hop. On the flip side, Andre 3000's The Love Below largely owes its breezy falsetto vocals, guitar riffs, new wave funk, and love/sex/lust obsessions to Prince and Sly Stone. Dre only occasionally raps: Whether it be over the slow-burn funk of "Prototype," the Beatles-esque love ditty "Hey Ya!", the Middle Eastern–accented melody of "She Lives in My Lap," or the syncopated electro-pings of "Pink and Blue," Dre's not afraid to wail. Things go awry with a self-indulgent drum 'n' bass reworking of "My Favorite Things." Yet, when he returns to his rhyming roots on the finale, "A Life in the Day of Andre Benjamin," it's apparent he still can spit with the best MCs. Dre and OutKast's goals are higher than that, though. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below seems designed to unlock as many musical doors as possible in a creative tour de force. Mission accomplished. For their next trick, let's see Dre and Big Boi put it all back together.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, splits the dynamic duo's music down the middle, with the Speakerboxx disc devoted entirely to Big Boi, the group's resident gangsta, and The Love Below CD devoted entirely to Andre, its healthy chunk of granola. Lola Ogunnaike
Entertainment Weekly - Will Hermes
You need to look back to vintage Prince, Funkadelic, and Sly & the Family Stone for a mix of funky pop and widescreen aesthetic madness comparable to what you get on Speakerboxxx/The Love Below....But there's much more here than recycled influences. (A)
Los Angeles Times - Kris Ex
Conceived as two separate solo albums, the sounds and themes vary greatly -- and always with pleasing results.
MTV News
Andre 3000, who wants to blow up in Hollywood, pulls from his jazz, funk and, most prominently, R&B influences to tell a bevy of love stories, while Big Boi sticks to the Kast's brand of eclectic hip-hop space tripping. The almost-ten-year vets continue to throw rap's rule book to the wayside and experiment with the abnormal. Shaheem Reid
Rolling Stone Online - Jon Caramanica
Big Boi is trying to shoulder the burden of OutKast on Speakerboxxx -- to essentially re-create the group on his own. With The Love Below, Andre 3000 has packed up what he wanted to keep from the group (the right to be peculiar in a hip-hop context), slung it over his shoulder and headed out toward parts unknown.

Product Details

Release Date:
La Face


Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. Ghetto Musick
  3. Unhappy
  4. Bowtie  - Sleepy Brown
  5. The Way You Move  - Sleepy Brown
  6. The Rooster
  7. Bust  - Killer Mike
  8. War
  9. Church
  10. Bamboo (Interlude)
  11. Tomb of the Boom  -  Konkrete
  12. E-Mac (Interlude)
  13. Knowing
  14. Flip Flop Rock  - Killer Mike
  15. Interlude
  16. Reset  - Khujo Goodie
  17. D-Boi (Interlude)
  18. Last Call  -  Mello
  19. Bowtie (Postlude)

Disc 2

  1. The Love Below (Intro)
  2. Love Hater
  3. God (Interlude)
  4. Happy Valentine's Day
  5. Spread
  6. Where Are My Panties?
  7. Prototype
  8. She Lives in My Lap  - Rosario Dawson
  9. Hey Ya!
  10. Roses
  11. Good Day, Good Sir
  12. Behold a Lady
  13. Pink & Blue
  14. Love in War
  15. She's Alive
  16. Dracula's Wedding  -  Kelis
  17. My Favorite Things
  18. Take Off Your Cool  - Norah Jones
  19. Vibrate
  20. A Life in the Day of Benjamin André (Incomplete)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

OutKast   Primary Artist
Zaza   Guitar
Kevin Brandon   Double Bass
Mark Cargill   Violin
Charles Veal   Violin,Concert Master
Joi   Vocals,Background Vocals
Louis Kabok   Violin
Kevin Kendricks   Guitar,Keyboards
Debra Killings   Bass,Background Vocals
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Aaron Mills   Bass
Kevin O'Neal   Double Bass
Robin Ross   Viola
Jim Sitterly   Violin
Darryl Otis Smith   Guitar
Tibor Zelig   Violin
Michele Nardone   Viola
David Arenz   Strings
David Braitberg   Strings
Jay-Z   Vocals
Jazze Pha   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tomi Martin   Guitar
John Krovoza   Cello
Lil Jon   Vocals
Cee Lo Green   Vocals
Yarda Kettner   Violin
André Benjamin   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Patrick Morgan   Viola
Myrna Crenshaw   Vocals,Background Vocals
Antwan Patton   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donnie Mathis   Guitar
David Whild   Guitar
Victor Alexander   Drums
Big Gipp   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Smith   Electric Bass
Kelis   Vocals
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman   Organ,Keyboards
East Side Boyz   Vocals
Richard Keller   Strings
Slimm Calhoun   Vocals
Ludacris   Vocals
Sleepy Brown   Vocals,Background Vocals
Killer Mike   Vocals,Background Vocals
Norah Jones   Vocals
Rajinder Kala   Conga
Mark Casillas   Violin
Bonnie Hayes & the Wild Combo   Vocals
Moffett Morris   Upright Bass
Martin Smith   Cello
Mello   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tori Alamaze   Background Vocals
Mildryln "Big Gul" Andrews   Background Vocals
Eleanor Arnez   Strings
Marianne Lee Stitt   Background Vocals
Catherine Chan   Cello
Lisa Chien   Cello
Sanford Salzinger   Strings
Rosario Dawson   Vocals
Konkrete   Vocals
King Stephen   Vocals
Hornz Unlimited   Trumpet,Horn
Eric Johnson   Strings
Richard Adkins   Violin
Marcy Vaj   Viola

Technical Credits

Willie Dennis   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer
Phalon Alexander   Composer
Reginald Dozier   Engineer
John Frye   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Cameron K-Oz Gipp   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Kevin Kendricks   Composer
OutKast   Executive Producer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Roger   Composer
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Doug King   Composer
Brad Jordan   Composer
Carlton "Carl Mo" Mahone   Composer
Jeffrey Schulz   Art Direction
Matt Still   Engineer
Eric Vidal   Composer
DJ   Producer
André Benjamin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Thomas Burton   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Myrna Crenshaw   Composer
Antwan Patton   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Donnie Mathis   Composer
Big Boi   Producer
Carl Mo   Producer
Cutmaster Swift   Producer,Cut
Darrel Thorpe   Engineer
Robert Hannon   Engineer
Richard Keller   String Arrangements
Pete Novak   Engineer
Richard Furch   Engineer
André 3000   Producer
James Hollins   Composer
Terrence Cash   Engineer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer
Vincent Alexander   Engineer
Chris Carmouche   Engineer
Patrick Brown   Composer
Jeminesse "Slimm Jim" Smith   Programming
Moka Nagatani   Engineer
Dojo5   Producer
Padraic Kernin   Engineer
John Frisbee   Director
Hornz Unlimited   Horn Arrangements
Brian Loving   Composer
Willie Knighton   Composer
Nathaniel Elder   Composer
Cory Andrews   Composer
Matt Boykin   Composer
Dino Hawkins   Composer
James Patton   Composer
David Sheats   Composer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Michael Render   Composer

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