Stankonia is the 4th studio album by hip hop duo Outkast was released to universal acclaim by music critics in October 31, 2000. It is regarded as one of hip hop’s greatest albums of all time. ‘Partners in rhyme’ Andre and Big Boi surfaced from the South with styles that were unforeseen in hip hop; incorporating funk, rave music, psychedelia, gospel and rock within a dirty-south hip hop oriented context. They touched upon the subject matters sexuality, politics, misogyny, African American culture etc.
The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard chart selling over 530,000 copies first week. It produced three singles: B.O.B, Ms. Jackson and So Fresh, So Clean. Ms. Jackson become the duos first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Stankonia received widespread acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic the album received an average score of 95/100 based on 20 reviews. Critics from NME praised the album saying that Outkast had “hit a rare balance of creative eccentricity and mass appeal”. Rolling Stones called it “one of the best albums of the year”. A critic from Entertainment Weekly wrote that “Stankonia reeks of artful ambition rendered with impeccable skill”.
The album received many accolades and appeared in many magazines’ “best of” lists; it literally appeared on every critical best list worth mentioning. At the 2002 Grammy Awards, Outkast won Best Rap Album for Stankonia and Best Rap Performance by duo or group for Ms. Jackson.
In 2006 Time named Stankonia as one of the best 100 albums of all time. Rolling Stone ranked the album number 16 on the magazine’s list of the 100 Best Albums of the 2000s. Pitchfork, in 2009, ranked it number 13 on its list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s. Vibe ranked the record at number 23 on its list of “100 Greatest Albums from 1985 to 2005”.
Stand Out Tracks:
So Fresh, So Clean.
This single exerts an array of lush beats and dreamy vocals in addition to an effortlessly cool vibe. Its delightfully fun music video features some serious jiving.
Sir Luscious gots gator belts and patty melts and Monte Carlo’s
And El Dorados, I’m wakin up out of my slumber feeling like Rollo
So follow, it’s Showtime at the Apollo minus the Kiki Shepards
What about a ho in a leopard-print?
Teddy Pendergrass, cooler than Freddie Jackson
This is their most commercially successful single. It details the break up with a romantic partner.
Forever, forever, ever, forever, ever?
Forever never seems that long until you’re grown
And notice that the day by day ruler can’t be too wrong
Ms. Jackson my intentions were good I wish I could
Become a magician to abacadabra all the sadder
Thoughts of me, thoughts of she, thoughts of he
Asking what happened to the feeling that her and me
The album opener flat out embraces Rock n Roll with squealing guitars. The song is an aggressive critique of modern life in America.
Don’t everybody like the smell of gasoline?
Well burn motherfucker burn American Dream
Don’t everybody like the taste of Apple Pie?
We’ll snap for your slice of life I’m tellin’ ya why
I hear that mother nature’s now on birth control
The coldest pimp be looking for somebody to ho
The highway up to Heaven got a crook on the toll
Youth full of fire ain’t got nowhere to go nowhere 2 go
We Luv Deez Hoez
Atlanta connoisseurs provide another rogue love song in this Big Boi only effort. He proclaims his love for the women of the night as he details his explicit adventures in the dirty south.
Don’t lie you love them, if you don’t you like them hoez a whole lot
Just like your mama Sunday cookin’ turkey necks in the pot
You ready to drop your load like prop planes be droppin’ that cocaine
You ready to turn your fro, from natural straight to a cold wave
Dat ho name Betty Big Shoez, she wore them Herman Munster heels
Popped a pill, now she’s in your Coupe De Ville, passenger seat