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Date: Oct 06 2003


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The hip-hop duo OutKast released a new double-album last week, and it quickly became the most popular album in the U.S. – sellling over 500,000 copies. Titled Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, the album is a hit with rap fans, as well as those who like pop, rock and R&B. The double album features two full length albums, one by each of the two members of OutKast. Big Boi raps on Speakerboxxx and Andre 3000 does his mix of eclectic sounds and styles on The Love Below.
Read on to learn more about the new albums by two of the greatest artists in hip-hop.


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OutKast is considered by many music fans to be the most original, most interesting, most entertaining group in hip-hop. Their last album, Stankonia, is perhaps the best rap album of all time. The mix of Big Boi’s hardcore rap style and Dre’s peculiar singing make their music totally unique. Millions of people have been anxiously waiting to hear their new album.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below isn’t a masterpiece like Stankonia, but it is an exciting addition to the current music scene. The innovative and experimental sounds on both of the albums are unlike anything else in hip-hop. The first single, “Hey Ya,” is a perfect example. Check out some of the lyrics, then go to MTV.com to check out the video.
My baby don’t mess around
because she loves me so
and this I know fo sho
but does she really wanna
but can’t stand to see me
walk out the door
don’t try to fight the feelin’
cause the thought alone
is killing me right now



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OutKast is ridiculously cool. They’re so cool that I can’t even describe how cool they are. Their music is so much better than the other stuff that’s out there. Other than Eminem, I can’t think of anyone who has anywhere near the creativity and imagination that Dre and Big Boi have.
If you like hip-hop, but you haven’t heard OutKast before, the first thing you need to do is go out and get Stankonia. Then, after you’ve listened to that for a few months, get Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. You won’t regret it.
Rock on,


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