Happy Birthday Speakerboxx/The Love Below

25 Sep

Yesterday Outkast’s last offering, the double disc “Speakerboxx/The Love Below” turned ten.  I remember being very tardy to the party and the first disc I actually heard was The Love Below.  I was recuperating from almost dying in a credit union parking lot (I promise I am going to tell this story) and I went to see my hairdresser, O and he said, “You have to listen to the new Dre 3000 CD!”  We rode up and down the boulevard and then he said there was one song I just HAD to hear.  It was “She’s Alive.”  When I tell you my inner thug was murked, it was murked.  I got a great deal of encouragement from Three Stacks mom’s parts in the song and I could identify with everything she was saying.

My other favorite track was “She Lives In My Lap.”  The scratches and the Geto Boys sample at the end?  Bananas.  Also, get into the cameo by Rosario Dawson.

Months later, after playing “The Love Below” every single day, I finally started listening to “Speakerboxx.”  My favorite track is GhettoMusik and the cameo by Patti Labelle in the video is awesome.

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