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
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Cameron K-Oz Gipp   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
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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Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This Album is Slammin'; Pick It Up as Soon as It Drops. Believe the HYPE. Andre 3000 & Big Boi Deliver the Goods Once Again; OutKast Continues to Raise the Bar / Rewrite the Book of Rap. All Fin MC's Take Notice; OutKast is Takin' You Back to School. All I Can Say is Stanx Andre & Big Boi for Makin' The Beatz fo' tha Bedroom and the Titty Bar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a GREAT CD. The Love Below side is better than speakerboxxx. I like the song "She Lives In My Lap".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, it was this close to being a five star album but there are just too many misses spanning the two cds compared to their bona fide classics, Stankonia and Aquemini. Although I still believe Aquemini is their best CD, I know see what made Stankonia such a great record: most of their experimental stuff worked in a way that it just doesn't here. On top of that, while this album may find Andre venturing right off the scale, the territory he's landed in isn't his speciality. His croons on the older records worked, but here they get annoying at times. Big Boi, on the other hand, sticks to similar grounds and far more tracks work on his CD than do on Andre's. Not to say theres a lack of innovation on Speakerboxxx, but it is more straight up funkafied hip hop. But even with these flaws, this is one of the best records to come out this year because where there are hits, they are some of the best available (think Ghettomusick, Dracula's Wedding, Hey Ya!, Flip Flop Rock). Outkast are the best thing goin in major label music and here's to hoping this double disc isn't signifying a future breakup of the guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Andre 3000 cd is wild. A mix of Prince and Curtis Mayfield, a odd collection of mostly love songs and pleas for booty. The Big Boi cd is more conventional, but hardly what would you expect. Hard driving beats and intense lyrics. Easily the more listenable cd of the two. All alone Speakerboxxx is a million times better than anything Chingy or the countless other phonies could come up with. "The Way You Move" is the best rap/soul song of the year. The interludes get old along with the long intros. Any fan of Outkast, Dirty south, or hip-hop should snag this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am born and raised in the ATL and I am proud to have Outkast represent our city they are very talented and, they come back on every CD with a different flavor and style and I LOVE THEM!!!!! Go get this CD if you do not have it . . . . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havent heard the entire album yet, but I bet ist hot....I read at the begining that jay-z is included on this cd......please, I hope thats a misprint...he' to mainstream/commercial and fake to be on outkast, besides I thought kast wasnt down wit all the commercial rap.I guess people will do anything sometimes to sell cd's..but nevertheless i still like outkast
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of the songs I didnt like at first but after listening again I like both albums. I like how both artist's were able to experiment and create good music. If you like music with that old school feel to it, you should buy this double-cd!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
1. Bowtie 2. Ghetto Musick 3. She Live In My Lap 4. Hey Ya! 5. The Way You Move 5. Tomb of the Boom 5. Spread 5. She's Alive 6. Love Hater 6. Happy Valentine's Day 6. Last Call 7. Unhappy 8. Flip Flop Rock 9. Roses 9. Love In War 9. Bust 10. Take Off Your Cool 10. War
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD was my first Outkast album and it only makes me want more. Not only was I impressed by the album itself but that I got two albums for the price of one. The love below has some great mellow and hip-hoppy tunes while Speakerboxxx has some quick crazy beats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dude this album rocks,and if you don't believe me you should be hearing them on the American Music Awards right now as the performance is off the hook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lots or music, unique beats, and catchy tunes. Athlough I've never listened to Outkast before this CD, songs like "Hey Ya" and "The Way You Move" sparked my interest. Those songs are great, along with "Ghetto Music" and "Church." I'd have to say I like Speakerboxx better, but both CDs offer some pretty interesting music. Grab yourself a copy and spin those CDs for a while. It will be well worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album had turned a far-from-average hip hop duo into something I simply cant turn off, it is simply wonderful. enough said in my opinion :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Horrid music, no talent at all!!! Avoid at all costs, save ur money
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is soooooooo awesome!!!! On The Love Below side, the song Roses is my favorite one! It has a great beat to it, and the words really make sense. On the Speakerboxxx side, The way you move is my favorite. Once you can memorize the words to these songs, it's really fun to sing along. You might wanna check out the music videos for these songs, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying, I'm predominately a rock person. I absolutely love rock music, and sometimes R&B is okay, but it's mostly rock that I'm into. But Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is so awesome!!!! Outkast proved that they can be experimental with music and be very good at it. Personally, I liked The Love Below better than Speakerboxxx, but both of them are good quality records and I'd recommend it to anybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a show stomper. The newest album to date and the best! Outkast has really come a long way in there career and this album is a highlight. The two disc album is a masterpiece, every track is in the right order and has a message to give everytime. The love below is my favorite because it is something different and is funny yet has catching tunes in it. Speaker box is also a heavy hitter all i can say about it is that it (slaps) and i mean slaps real hard if you like to get crunk this is the album to listen to cause it gets you all pumped up its crazy. Some of the tracks are just so unstopable its crazy!!! it made me just want keep replaying the same track over and over again. Outkast has really put there heat and soul in to this one and it has captured mine. Eventhough ATLIENS was a awsome album this one i this flys beyond it.I give outkast all my respect in making this album and i hope that they will come out with heavy hitters like this again. I know i will be the first to buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
cant say much,other than ,i am impressed with dre,he is the first artist to impress me since maxwell.
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