The Anthology. A Tribe Called Quest. The song would also later be featured on Q-Tip's solo effort, 's Amplified. Vivrant Thing is also substituted with "Mr. Incognito" for the Japan release. The album cover features Erykah Badu with fluorescent stripes of green and orange reminiscent of the traditional colors of the Kente tribe of the north Congo. In the UK, a limited edition album was released with a bonus remix CD.
Universal Mind Control. Universal Mind Control is Common's eighth studio album. Originally scheduled to be released on June 24, under the name Invincible Summer, the release date was pushed back to September 30, due to Common filming Wanted.
However, on September 10, , it was announced that the title would be changed to Universal Mind Control and the release date was set for November 11, Later, the release was pushed back to December 9, The song features Pharrell. The Announcement EP included an additional track titled "Announcement". The album was sold for 79 points on Zune Marketplace to help promote the album. Kingdom Come.
Kingdom Come is the ninth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was considered a "comeback album" for the rapper, as 's The Black Album was promoted as his final release. Kingdom Come received generally lukewarm reviews but was a commercial success, selling , copies in its first week, while earning Jay-Z a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album. Born Again. Idlewild is the sixth and last studio album by American hip hop duo Outkast. It was released on August 22, , by LaFace Records and served as the soundtrack album to the duo's musical film of the same name, which was released that same month.
Containing themes relating to the music industry, the album also featured songs not included in the film while incorporating jazz, blues, swing, and soul styles in its music. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard chart, selling , copies in its first week. It achieved minimal international charting and produced five singles that attained moderate Billboard chart success. Despite mixed criticism towards its unconventional musical style and loose thematic structure, Idlewild received positive reviews from most music critics upon its release.
The album has been certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of one million copies in the United States. It was released on September 23, , by LaFace Records. Issued as a double album, its playtime of more than two hours is distributed over solo albums from each of the group's members.
The album was supported with the hit singles "Hey Ya! As of March , it has shipped 5. Aquemini is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Outkast. It was released on September 29, , by LaFace Records. The title is a portmanteau of the two performers' Zodiac signs: Aquarius and Gemini, which is indicative of the album's recurring theme of the differing personalities of the two members.
Released as the follow-up to the duo's album ATLiens, Aquemini expands on the previous record's outer space-inspired compositions by incorporating live instrumentation. The commercial success of ATLiens allowed for more creative freedom for the group, which led to the members self-producing the majority of the tracks.
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Humble Mumble - Outkast with Erykah Badu. The record received the coveted five out of five "mic"-rating from The Source , and is credited with opening up Southern hip hop to other areas in the United States. But that song was hot, the flows was crazy. The cycle changed. It really opened up the door for Southern rappers. The recording of Stankonia began in spring of and lasted for about a year.
You're not working on the clock. Really, you're just working on your mind. Jackson ", the album's second single. Much of the album was formulated during "vibe sessions" in which the group and producers would visit clubs in downtown Atlanta, select performers they saw, and invite them to the studio. The rapper noted that while working with OutKast, he used the opportunity to try to "compete" with the duo to improve his rapping skills.
He's a very intelligent guy. While OutKast's previous albums were considered to be laid-back, mellow efforts, Stankonia contains faster, more high-energy tempos, partially to reflect the "chaotic times" at the turn of the 21st century. If you live fast, you gonna come out of here real fast, so the music need to show that. There wasn't any adventure to it. On Stankonia , OutKast experimented with a wide variety of musical genres.
According to M. Matos of Vibe , Stankonia "turned the South's predominantly reclined hip-hop sound into something freaky and menacing. B" features "jittery drum'n'bass rhythms" and has been classified as a "stylistic tour de force" combining "Hendrix-ian" guitars, organs, and gospel vocals.
Jackson" "marries early Prince with late P-funk ". Paul Lester of The Guardian described OutKast's lyrical style on the album by saying, "They are, in a way, post-hip-hop, combining PM Dawn 's kooky confections with the Pharcyde 's hallucinatory whimsy, Public Enemy 's hardline politicking with De La Soul 's cartoon dementia, to fashion something vital and new. Much of the album discusses the status of women in the South, and contrasts with the misogynistic attitudes common in hip hop music.
In his book Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide , Oliver Wang writes that songs such as "Slum Beautiful" and "Toilet Tisha" "reimagine 'round the way girls, not only as just more than one-dimensional accessories, but as objects of affection with lives and concerns that are worth exploring. The lead single released from Stankonia , "B.
Stankonia received widespread acclaim from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 95, based on 20 reviews. Bardowell of NME noted that with Stankonia , OutKast "hit that rare balance of creative eccentricity and mass appeal" and wrote that the album contains "eternal qualities that will unravel in time on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level.
It takes a few listens to pull everything together, but given the immense scope, it's striking how few weak tracks there are". But on the surface, phat beats and pure funk should suffice. Music 's Soren Baker commented that "Dre and Big Boi again reinvent themselves, this time as Parliament -inspired musicians who specialize on male-female relationships, boasting, and out-there lyrics.
Yet OutKast -- taking cues from a band it obviously reveres, Parliament-Funkadelic -- never forgets that bodies are attached to minds. Stankonia has received many accolades and appeared on many magazines' "best of" lists; in his book Dirty South , author Ben Westhoff noted that the album appeared on "every critical best-list worth mentioning. In , Time named Stankonia as one of the best albums of all time.
Jackson' and out-there experiments 'B. With Stankonia , OutKast became the first hip hop act to openly acknowledge rave culture as an influence. On several tracks on Stankonia , the group employed faster, more chaotic tempos to reflect rave culture and the introduction of new drugs such as ecstasy into the hip hop scene. I really missed that kind of hands-in-the-air shit. B" created by Rage Against The Machine 's Zack de la Rocha received airplay on alternative radio stations, expanding the group's fanbase beyond hip hop and urban listeners.
B" became popular amongst American troops deployed in Afghanistan.(O-U-T-K-A-S-T) [André ] Live, from the center of the Earth Seven light-years below sea level we go Welcome to Stankonia, the place from which all funky things come.