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2003 two CD release from the Hip Hop duo that contains a quasi solo album from each member (Big Boi and Dre 3000).

At a time when experimentation is taboo in most overground rap, that’s all Outkast seem intent on executing. Firstly, this double CD has no cohesive link, other than the fact that it sounds like a pair of solo albums stitched together to demo exactly how Andre’s yin works to augment Big Boi’s yang. Andre 3000’s Love Below disc rates as the more eclectic of the two, given that he’s turned in his emcee credentials to become a full-on funk-soul-jazz vocalist who mostly sings about items of love ("Happy Valentine's Day"), carnal lust ("Spread"), and female adoration ("Prototype"). Minus the big band schmaltz of "Love Hater" and cheesy cover jobs ("My Favorite Things"), Andre’s disc is sick (meaning great). As is to be expected, the Big Boi disc is less arty, more gangsta and worldly, and features the less-progressive guest raps of ATL crunk purveyors Lil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz ("Last Call") and Jay-Z who rhymes the hook on "Flip Flop Rock". Unlike Big Boi, Andre keeps his collabos to a minimum, once crooning alongside Norah Jones on the cool yet sappy "Take Off Your Cool", and once with Kelis. Boi fulfills his Dungeon Family duty with flying colors by flipping some dirty southern up-tempo raps over electro beats on "GhettoMusick". By the time Cee-Lo sermonizes on "Reset", Speakerboxx and Love Below rate mostly as majestic and inspiring, with the remaining 23 per cent being just plain incredible --Dalton Higgins

Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Ghettomusick
3. Unhappy
4. Bowtie
5. The Way You Move
6. The Rooster
7. Bust
8. War
9. Church
10. Bamboo (Interlude)
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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
9. Hey Ya!
10. Roses
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: La Face
  • ASIN: B0000AGWFX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (841 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Groovemasta on September 25, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For nearly ten years, Outkast has done what few hip-hop groups have been able to: grow as artists and push the limits of the genre without losing their core fan base. While the evolution of Outkast as a group has lead to four classic albums, the groups MCs also evolved as individuals. Big Boi emerged as the conscious pimp, both representative and critic of the streets, while Dre began to focus on the more abstract and spiritual. With their latest release, each gets to express his individual vision on a solo disk, yet the results manage to stay within consistant evolution of the group.
Big Boi: Speakerboxx - While many considered Dre the innovative half of the group, Speakerboxx proves that Big Boi is every bit the visionary that his more eccentric counterpart is. The production is an aural buffet, filled with funky horn riffs, driving electronic groves and soulful melodies which take southern rap to a level of musicality it has never before seen. On top of it all, Big Boi's continued growth as an MC is evident throughout, whether he is waxing political ("War"), spiritual ("Church"), or simply bragging on his pimp game ("Bowtie"). And when placed along side the album's A-list guests in straight up spit fests, Big Boi manages to hold his own with the south's cameo king, Ludacris on "Tomb of the Bomb", and out shine Jay-Z on the ridiculously funky "Flip Flop Rock". And long time Outkast fans will be rewarded with a blast from the past on the contemplatively soulful "Reset", which uses the soulfully airy minimalism of ATLiens, a perfect juxtaposition to the sonic circus that is the rest of the album rest of the album. Taken by itself, Speakerboxx would likely be the best hip-hop album of the year so far.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "funkymf87" on September 27, 2003
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I want to start this out by saying that Im not a huge rap fan, but this is still an incredible album. Of the two albums Andre 3000's The Love Below is the better and more interesting of the two. He strays away from any traditional rap sound and carries a more funky jazz vibe. My favorite tracks on the album are Love Hater which is basically a laid back jazz tune, Spread which is extremely funky, Roses with a cool piano intro and a catchy chorus, Hey Ya! with its acoustic guitar, awesome synth riff, and chorus, My Favorite Things is a crazy reworking of the original, Dracula's Wedding is short but sweet, and Vibrate is funky with great lyrics.
Big Boi's Speakerboxxx is my second favorite in this double album. It seems to stick to a more traditional rap style but is extremely funky. Ghetto Musick is a great track with a great backing track and chorus, Bowtie with crazy horn lines and great hook, Bust is a great track with a hard rock edge to it and great raps, War is a song about the problems in the world today, and Church is a great funky track. Definitely pick this album up if your looking for some music that isnt afraid to try something new in a genre that needs new life.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ElectricMelody on September 26, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First, let me preface this buy saying that I am not a hardcore hip-hop fan, but I do like it. I was really excited to get this album because I knew it was going to be different and, frankly, no artist in any genre is being different right now. I have really been waiting for an album like this to come along. I have listened to it nonstop since I got it and it already feels like a classic, like it's been around for a really long time. Okay, here are the tracks: Speakerboxxx: 1. INTRO: This is pretty short and a standard intro kind of setting up the album. 2. GHETTOMUSICK: Amazing. Just flat out amazing. I have never heard anything like this before and it is one of my favorite songs off both albums. This song is so catchy and has a great dance beat. 3. UNHAPPY: This has a sweet sort of slow melody intercut with rap verses. It is very nice and could definitely be a single. 4. BOWTIE: This song has a great big band feel to it and the horns are really catchy. 5. THE WAY YOU MOVE: I love how this song starts off kind of slow and then builds up to a big, soulful chorus. 6. THE ROOSTER: I love this song. It's funny and has a good beat kind of reminiscent of a Jackson 5 track. 7. BUST: This is a really interesting song. It is incredibly funky and very rocky. To me it sounds kind of scary and apocolyptic, but maybe that's just me. 8. WAR: Another interesting song. It starts off as a creepy, loungy sort of vibe but then changes into a whole different kind of song. Very interesting. 9. CHURCH: I love this song (I love them all). It has a great gospel feel, especially when the music speeds up at the end. 10. BAMBOO: This is an interlude introducing "Tomb Of The Boom". Not much I can say about it. 11. TOMB OF THE BOOM: This is a more traditional sounding rap song but has a great beat. 12. E-MAC: Another interlude.Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Groove on January 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I finally got around to Outkast's Grammy-nominated 2003 CD after weeks of putting it off. With all that's already been said about "The Love Below/Speakerboxxx," there isn't much for me to add that you don't already know. Big Boi and Andre 3000 release separate albums that may as well come from two different planets. Public opinion has dubbed Andre 3000's disc as the "arty" one, and that's no lie. On this disc, he glides through a dizzying range of genres from '60's mod pop ("Hey Ya!"), perky jazz ("Love Hater"), and Prince-inspired funk ("Spread," and just about every other track). But my favorite is the dynamite "Prototype," a silky smooth jam that's an obvious nod to 1970s old school soul. The only serious misfire is a botched, drum-and-bass updating of "My Favorite Things." Sorry, but I'll stick with Coltrane's version. Other than that, Andre 3000's "The Love Below" holds up pretty well during its 78 minutes. Big Boi's "Speakerboxxx," on the other hand, is another beast altogether. While "The Love Below" is an eclectic effort that went all over the map, "Speakerboxxx" keeps its feet firmly grounded in hip hop. It may be 20 minutes shorter than Andre 3000's disc, but there are just as many solid moments such as the memorable "The Way You Move," Big Boi's collaboration Cee-Lo and Khujo Goodie on "Reset," and "Bowtie" with Sleepy Brown and Jazze Pha. Special mention also has to go to the rousing "Church," which, as the title implies, has a spiritual vibe that's uplifting. While these two discs aren't flawless, they make up one of the more creative releases I've heard in a while. Outkast is one of ATL's greatest talents, and "The Love Below/Speakerboxx" is a bold achievement that transcends lazy categorization.
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