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Stankonia

OutKast

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Stankonia was OutKast's second straight masterstroke, an album just as ambitious, just as all-over-the-map, and even hookier than its predecessor. With producers Organized Noize playing a diminished role, Stankonia reclaims the duo's futuristic bent. Earthtone III (Andre, Big Boi, Mr. DJ) helms most of the backing tracks, and while the live-performance approach is still present, there's more reliance on programmed percussion, otherworldly synthesizers, and surreal sound effects. Yet the results are surprisingly warm and soulful, a trippy sort of techno-psychedelic funk. Every repeat listen seems to uncover some new element in the mix, but most of the songs have such memorable hooks that it's easy to stay diverted. The immediate dividends include two of 2000's best singles: "B.O.B." is the fastest of several tracks built on jittery drum'n'bass rhythms, but Andre and Big Boi keep up with awe-inspiring effortlessness. "Ms. Jackson," meanwhile, is an anguished plea directed at the mother of the mother of an out-of-wedlock child, tinged with regret, bitterness, and affection. Its sensitivity and social awareness are echoed in varying proportions elsewhere, from the Public Enemy-style rant "Gasoline Dreams" to the heartbreaking suicide tale "Toilet Tisha." But the group also returns to its roots for some of the most testosterone-drenched material since their debut. Then again, OutKast doesn't take its posturing too seriously, which is why they can portray women holding their own, or make bizarre boasts about being "So Fresh, So Clean." Given the variety of moods, it helps that the album is broken up by brief, usually humorous interludes, which serve as a sort of reset button. It takes a few listens to pull everything together, but given the immense scope, it's striking how few weak tracks there are. It's no wonder Stankonia consolidated OutKast's status as critics' darlings, and began attracting broad new audiences: its across-the-board appeal and ambition overshadowed nearly every other pop album released in 2000.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
Intro
Outkast
00:01:09

Earthtone III, Producer - Unknown, Composer - Unknown, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

2
Gasoline Dreams
Outkast with Khujo Goodie
00:03:34

Earthtone III, Producer - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - Outkast with Khujo Goodie, Performer - Willie Knighton, Lyricist - Willie Knighton, Composer - David Sheats, Composer - David Sheats, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

3
I'm Cool (Interlude)
Outkast
00:00:42

Jason Freeman, Horns - Jerry Freeman Jr., Horns - James Majors, Lyricist - E. X. Vortex, Acoustic Bass - E. X. Vortex, Guitar - E. X. Vortex, Drums - OutKast, Performer - Richard Owens, Horns - Betty Blowhead, Lyricist - Matt Still, Producer - Matt Still, Mixing Engineer - Earthtone III, Composer - John Frye, Producer - Kebbi Williams, Horns

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

4
So Fresh, So Clean
Outkast
00:04:00

Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - Organized Noize, Composer - Organized Noize, Lyricist - Organized Noize, Producer - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

5
Ms. Jackson
Outkast
00:04:30

Earthtone III, Producer - D. Sheats, Composer - D. Sheats, Lyricist - A. Patton, Composer - A. Patton, Lyricist - A. Benjamin, Composer - A. Benjamin, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

6
Snappin' & Trappin'
Outkast
00:04:19

John E.E. Smith, Composer - John E.E. Smith, Lyricist - Michael Render, Composer - Michael Render, Lyricist - Earthtone III, Producer - D. Sheats, Composer - D. Sheats, Lyricist - A. Patton, Composer - A. Patton, Lyricist - Corey Andrews, Composer - Corey Andrews, Lyricist - A. Benjamin, Composer - A. Benjamin, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

7
D.F. (Interlude)
Outkast
00:00:27

Jason Freeman, Horns - Jerry Freeman Jr., Horns - E. X. Vortex, Acoustic Bass - E. X. Vortex, Guitar - E. X. Vortex, Drums - OutKast, Performer - André 3000, Lyricist - Richard Owens, Horns - Hornz Unlimited, Composer - Hornz Unlimited, Producer - Kebbi Williams, Horns - Big Boi, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

8
Spaghetti Junction
Outkast
00:03:57

Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - Organized Noize, Composer - Organized Noize, Lyricist - Organized Noize, Producer - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

9
Kim & Cookie (Interlude)
Outkast
00:01:12

Kim & Cookie, Lyricist - Jason Freeman, Horns - E. X. Vortex, Acoustic Bass - E. X. Vortex, Guitar - E. X. Vortex, Drums - Earthtone III, Composer - Earthtone III, Producer - Richard Owens, Horns - Kebbi Williams, Horns - Jerry Freeman Jr., Horns - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

10
I'll Call B4 I Cum
Outkast with Gangsta Boo & Eco
00:04:18

Earthtone III, Producer - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - Outkast with Gangsta Boo & Eco, Performer - Rashida Roberts, Composer - Rashida Roberts, Lyricist - Lola Mitchell, Composer - Lola Mitchell, Lyricist - David Sheats, Composer - David Sheats, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

11
B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
Outkast
00:05:04

Earthtone III, Producer - D. Sheats, Composer - D. Sheats, Lyricist - A. Patton, Composer - A. Patton, Lyricist - A. Benjamin, Composer - A. Benjamin, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

12
Xplosion
Outkast
00:04:08

Earthtone III, Producer - Erin Johnson, Composer - Erin Johnson, Lyricist - D. Sheats, Composer - D. Sheats, Lyricist - A. Patton, Composer - A. Patton, Lyricist - A. Benjamin, Composer - A. Benjamin, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer - Louis Freese, Composer - Louis Freese, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

13
Good Hair (Interlude)
Outkast
00:00:14

Jason Freeman, Horns - Jerry Freeman Jr., Horns - E. X. Vortex, Acoustic Bass - E. X. Vortex, Guitar - E. X. Vortex, Drums - OutKast, Performer - Slimm Calhoun, Lyricist - Richard Owens, Horns - Hornz Unlimited, Composer - Hornz Unlimited, Producer - Kebbi Williams, Horns - Freeta Love, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

14
We Luv Deez Hoez
Outkast
00:04:10

Cameron Gipp, Composer - Cameron Gipp, Lyricist - B. Troncoso, Composer - B. Troncoso, Lyricist - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - Jamahr Williams, Composer - Jamahr Williams, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - Organized Noize, Composer - Organized Noize, Lyricist - Organized Noize, Producer - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

15
Humble Mumble
Erykah Badu
00:04:50

Earthtone III, Producer - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - Erica Wright, Composer - Erica Wright, Lyricist - Outkast with Erykah Badu, Performer - David Sheats, Composer - David Sheats, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

16
Drinkin' Again (Interlude)
Outkast
00:00:24

Jason Freeman, Horns - E. X. Vortex, Composer - E. X. Vortex, Producer - E. X. Vortex, Acoustic Bass - E. X. Vortex, Guitar - E. X. Vortex, Drums - Warren Bletcher, Lyricist - Richard Owens, Horns - Kebbi Williams, Horns - Jerry Freeman Jr., Horns - Matt Still, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

17
?
Outkast
00:01:28

Earthtone III, Producer - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer - David Sheats, Composer - David Sheats, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

18
Red Velvet
Outkast
00:03:52

Earthtone III, Producer - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer - David Sheats, Composer - David Sheats, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

19
Cruisin' In The ATL (Interlude)
Southside
00:00:19

Jason Freeman, Horns - E. X. Vortex, Acoustic Bass - E. X. Vortex, Guitar - E. X. Vortex, Drums - Richard Owens, Horns - Kebbi Williams, Horns - Jerry Freeman Jr., Horns - Southside, Performer - Southside, Producer - Southside, Composer - Southside, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

20
Gangsta Sh*t
OutKast Featuring Slimm Calhoun
00:04:41

Brian Loving, Composer - Brian Loving, Lyricist - Outkast featuring Slimm Calhoun & C-Bone, Performer - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - Corey Andrews, Composer - Corey Andrews, Lyricist - Robert Barnett, Composer - Robert Barnett, Lyricist - Carl Mo, Producer - Mahone, Composer - Mahone, Lyricist - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - David Sheats, Composer - David Sheats, Lyricist - Carlton, Composer - Carlton, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

21
Toilet Tisha
Outkast
00:04:24

Earthtone III, Producer - D. Sheats, Composer - D. Sheats, Lyricist - A. Patton, Composer - A. Patton, Lyricist - A. Benjamin, Composer - A. Benjamin, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

22
Slum Beautiful
Outkast
00:04:07

Earthtone III, Producer - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer - David Sheats, Composer - David Sheats, Lyricist - Thomas Burton, Composer - Thomas Burton, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

23
Pre-Nump (Interlude)
Outkast
00:00:27

Jason Freeman, Horns - Regina Davenport, Lyricist - Jerry Freeman Jr., Horns - OutKast, Performer - E. X. Vortex, Composer - E. X. Vortex, Producer - E. X. Vortex, Acoustic Bass - E. X. Vortex, Guitar - E. X. Vortex, Drums - Warren Bletcher, Lyricist - Richard Owens, Horns - Hornz Unlimited, Composer - Hornz Unlimited, Producer - Kebbi Williams, Horns

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

24
Stankonia (Stanklove)
Outkast
00:06:51

Earthtone III, Producer - Antwan Patton, Composer - Antwan Patton, Lyricist - André Benjamin, Composer - André Benjamin, Lyricist - Patrick Brown, Composer - Patrick Brown, Lyricist - OutKast, Performer - David Sheats, Composer - David Sheats, Lyricist - Ruben Bailey, Composer - Ruben Bailey, Lyricist

(P) 2000 Arista Records LLC

Album Description

Stankonia was OutKast's second straight masterstroke, an album just as ambitious, just as all-over-the-map, and even hookier than its predecessor. With producers Organized Noize playing a diminished role, Stankonia reclaims the duo's futuristic bent. Earthtone III (Andre, Big Boi, Mr. DJ) helms most of the backing tracks, and while the live-performance approach is still present, there's more reliance on programmed percussion, otherworldly synthesizers, and surreal sound effects. Yet the results are surprisingly warm and soulful, a trippy sort of techno-psychedelic funk. Every repeat listen seems to uncover some new element in the mix, but most of the songs have such memorable hooks that it's easy to stay diverted. The immediate dividends include two of 2000's best singles: "B.O.B." is the fastest of several tracks built on jittery drum'n'bass rhythms, but Andre and Big Boi keep up with awe-inspiring effortlessness. "Ms. Jackson," meanwhile, is an anguished plea directed at the mother of the mother of an out-of-wedlock child, tinged with regret, bitterness, and affection. Its sensitivity and social awareness are echoed in varying proportions elsewhere, from the Public Enemy-style rant "Gasoline Dreams" to the heartbreaking suicide tale "Toilet Tisha." But the group also returns to its roots for some of the most testosterone-drenched material since their debut. Then again, OutKast doesn't take its posturing too seriously, which is why they can portray women holding their own, or make bizarre boasts about being "So Fresh, So Clean." Given the variety of moods, it helps that the album is broken up by brief, usually humorous interludes, which serve as a sort of reset button. It takes a few listens to pull everything together, but given the immense scope, it's striking how few weak tracks there are. It's no wonder Stankonia consolidated OutKast's status as critics' darlings, and began attracting broad new audiences: its across-the-board appeal and ambition overshadowed nearly every other pop album released in 2000.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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