Simply put, there is no band that does anything close to what Outkast does. Big Boi & Andre 3000 have consistently managed to maintain mainstream success while obliterating the limits of what is considered to be hip-hop. Frolicking at the outskirts of language, they throw every genre into a blender and make every musical turn sound organic.
SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW is actually two solo records fused together, the former by Big Boi, the latter by Andre 3000, with each mind working at an equally frantic pace to create a gloriously split sonic experience. Big Boi opens with a techno intro that fades into industrial-style grinding on "Ghettomusick," before settling into more traditional, although far from ordinary, rap tracks on "Unhappy" and "The Way You Move."
His most salient moment comes on "War," an uncompromising condemnation of American politics that strikes the perfect balance of righteous rage and measured speech. When Dre takes the reins, the concoction gets wonderfully weirder with everything from the piano bar pop of "Love Hater" to the call and response of "She Lives in My Lap" to the mystery mix of the outstanding single "Hey Ya!"
Following the remarkable STANKONIA, SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW cements Outkast's position as rap innovators and keeps them in the lead as the genre's primary visionaries.
SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW won the 2004 Grammy Awards for Album Of The Year and for Best Rap Album. "Hey Ya!" won for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. The song was also nominated for Record Of The Year.
GhettoMusick [Club Mix] - (remix)
Bowtie - (featuring Jazze Pha/Sleepy Brown)
Way You Move [Club Mix], The - (remix, featuring Sleepy Brown)
Bust - (featuring Killer Mike)
Tomb of the Boom - (featuring Konkrete/Ludacris/Big Gipp)
Flip Flop Rock - (featuring Jay-Z/Killer Mike)
Reset - (featuring Ceelo/Khujo Goodie)
Last Call - (featuring Mello/Lil Jon/Slimm Calhoun)
Love Below, The (Intro)
Happy Valentine's Day
Where Are My Panties
She Lives in My Lap - (featuring Rosario Dawson)
Hey Ya! [Radio Mix/Club Mix] - (remix)
Good Day, Good Sir
Life in the of Benjamin Andre, A (Incomplete)
Behold a Lady
Pink & Blue
Love in War
Dracula's Wedding - (featuring Kelis)
My Favorite Things
Take Off Your Cool - (featuring Norah Jones)