Record Review Requested By: Richard Sandlin
My Rating: 69% (C+)
Pitchfork Rating: 80%
Rolling Stone Rating: 60%
Metacritic Rating: 91%
Average Rating: 75%
Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):
- Ghetto Musick
- Bowtie Feat. Sleepy Brown And Jazze Pha
- The Way You Move Feat. Sleepy Brown
- The Rooster
- Bust Feat. Killer Mike
- Bamboo (Interlude)
- Tomb of the Boom Feat. Ludacris, Konkrete, And Big Gipp
- E-Mac (Interlude)
- Flip Flop Rock Feat. Jay-Z And Killer Mike
- Reset Feat. Cee-Lo And Khujo Goodie
- D-Boi (Interlude)
- Last Call Feat. Slimm Calhoun, Mello, Lil Jon, Eastside Boyz
- Bowtie (Postlude)
- Hey Ya
- The Love Below (Intro)
- Love Hater
- Happy Valentine’s Day
Favourite Song on Album:
Listen to This Album When You’re:
On the hunt for a funky fun hip-hop album.
Thoughts on Album Cover:
It’s terrible, I hate it.
Want to Own on Vinyl?:
Ugh yes, but I hat the cover so much.
OutKast’s Hey Ya gets every white person dancing immediately, and it doesn’t surprise me at all, it’s really catchy and funky, just like most of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. I love how this album really formed bridges for people who may have not checked out Hip-Hop otherwise, it’s one of those albums that’s usually highly regarded by all kinds of music reviewers. The problem lies in the pure amount of tracks on the damn thing, it’s usually a warning to me whenever an album passes 16 tracks, it’s often filled with filler/unnecessary interludes. Really this album could’ve stayed at 16 songs and been absolutely incredible, but we’re treated to a kid talking (which is on every damn rap album apparently), and random friends talking about weird things. Stick to the formula, no need for these useless minute long breaks that hurt the overall flow of the album. Overall though there are some incredibly influential tracks on here that are still great, just wish that they focused on making a great album instead of adding in random nonsense.