These voices in my head they just keep calling me
Wait nah it’s just TheShipment telling me to finally get involved…
Firstly, sorry for taking so long to get in here. Kinda fell behind early days and then when you miss a couple of weeks this thing can get daunting (in a good way, but still…). A lot of users in here with incredible hip-hop knowledge and, frankly, in the decade or so I’ve been on rap, much of what i’ve gleaned has been from these boards. It got to the point where i wondered what exactly I could add.
Anyway, I’ve listened to a few of the releases so far and will try and post a thoughts on them soon. Favourites so far are Witchdoctor, Tommy Wright III and Aceyelone. I feel like I’m gonna struggle to find something you guys haven’t heard before, so really looking towards personal classics or albums I’ve not considered for a while when it gets to my pick.
This is a hell of a week to start though… Southerplaya / Outkast in general have been such a major part of my life since I was, 13 (?), that it’s hard to be objective. I started writing a thing yesterday before realising that 80% of the time i’ve listened to this album I’ve been high (but not too high), so thought I would do the same thing tonight and share some thoughts:
“Aint no thang but a chicken wing”… what an utterly pointless but simultaneously perfect rap line. This has stayed in my head every time i walk into a chicken shop since I was a yout. Damn. The start of a series of hooks that just stick in your head on this release.
- Andre laughing at the end of verse 2 on Ain’t No Thang really sums up what’s great about this album. Along with Soul Food, it’s one of the releases where The Dungeon feels like a key player.
- As Aphex has mentioned, the Call on the Wild beat. Damn! ORGANISED NOIZE <3
- Sleepy Brown is maybe the most underrated guy on this release. Swear he isn’t credited anywhere but he’s hitting backing vocals on like two thirds of these.
- imo Andre’s progression from this release to ATLliens and Aquemini is the most prominent. He’s great here, don’t get me wrong, but he really comes into his own on the next release. Think Big Boi is way ahead of him on this.
- I had a a free house when I recently replayed that 200 minute long Clinton-esque guitar solo at the end of Funky Ride. Of corse he turns up at 5pm.
Might be next weekend but things will change eventually.
- Cee-Lo’s opening verse on Git Up is probably the best on the album.
- Players Ball reprise is a legit perfect album closer. Keys that Mike Dean would be proud of.
Anyway, what a fucking album. I love Outkast to unhealthy levels, and this still sits behind Aquemini and probably ATLiens, but the fact they wrote this as god damn teenagers makes me feel all kinda inadequate.