By Mark Haber
I love all types of music. I especially love the golden era of hip-hop. To many the “golden era” means a different period of time. To me it’s most certainly the late 80’s and 90’s with groups like De La Soul, The Pharcyde and A Tribe Called Quest. Nowadays I often feel like I’ve «aged out» of rap music; most everything I hear I don’t understand (not the lyrics, but the sound). There’s no more rap «groups» either, just solo artists with Lil before their names and a lot of singing. And the singing isn’t any good so their voices are distorted and the distortion makes the voices that already don’t sound any good sound even worse (I know, I sound old).
That being said, I love Kendrick Lamar and Danny Brown and Run the Jewels and a host of other, mostly underground rappers (Billy Woods, anyone?) but in general, hip-hop and rap just don’t do it for me anymore. Below, with no explanation, are my top five favorite Outkast songs, subject to change on any given day.
Let’s reflect for a moment on the glory of Outkast, on the goddamn unmatched brilliance and audacity and originality of Andre 3000 and Big Bio, two childhood friends from Georgia, who burst out of the gate in their teens seemingly knowing exactly where they were going. There’s the production. There’s the flow. There’s the message. There’s the back and forth between the two that seemed effortless. Sometimes they sound like
they’re from outer space, other times they’re invoking George Clinton, often in the same song. Even today BOB sounds utterly unparalleled. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t think how much richer the world of music would be if Outkast were still releasing albums. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t miss Andre 3000 and Big Boi. But oh well, that’s life and it ain’t no thang but a chicken wing.
3. So fresh, so clean
5. Gangsta Shit