The Atlanta duo Outkast have managed to
outdo themselves, and the entire music industry,
with the release of their double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
After deciding to release separate solo CDs under one
band package (and release date),
Andre 3000 and Big Boi have created a masterpiece. Both
disks boast the
qualities of each respective artist, with the
Speakerboxxx carrying the bouncy, loveable tunes Outkast fans have come to
enjoy. The Love Below, the Andre 3000 offering, is an eclectic mix of
soul, jazz and funk.
Propelled by simultaneously released
singles, Big Bois The Way You Move and Andre 3000s Hey Ya, Outkast has
become the ultimate example of a crossover act. The Way You Move, is a catchy,
bass-heavy ditty dedicated to... well...
the way a woman moves. Go figure. A hybrid of rock and soul has cast Hey Ya
into the mainstream waters, taking Outkast to levels
previously unknown to this band, despite the fact that
they'd climbed the pop charts previously with the likes of "Rosa Parks" and
Both Speakerboxxx and The Love
Below show the growing versatility of the duo. Big Boi shows growth of as a
solo artist and a writer. The rapid fire GhettoMuzick and the funky Church
are examples of his ability to move a crowd.
Ironically his partner in crime, Andre 3000, produced this
part of the set, almost in its entirety.
On his opus, Andre 3000 blessed us with an
offering comparable to no one else... other than Prince,
maybe. Rarely will you find Andre rapping; rather
he chooses to croon. He proves that he, as an artist and a writer, is able to
think outside the boxxx. His character is eclectic and eccentric and he
puts on a display on tracks
such as 80s tinged She Lives In My Lap and the soulful Prototype.
Releasing separate solo
albums under the group umbrella sheds
more light onto whom Andre 3000 and Big Boi are. Together, Outkast
groundbreaking, and now individually, they continue to
blaze new paths and tear down more walls.