our score: 5.0 out of 5.0
GA duo of Andre and Big Boi return for their third LP entitled
Aquemini (A-kwem-in-eye). For most artists, the third attempt
is usually a flop, but it's the best yet from these Dirty South
playas, which says a lot considering the success of their first
two albums. Personally, I didn't think they could top ATLiens,
but when Aquemini started bumpin through my speakers, I knew how
wrong I was...
song, "Return of the 'G'." gets things started. It has a laid
back feel to it, but lyrically carries some strong messages. Basically,
Andre and Big Boi are talkin about how the gangsta scene may not
be as big as it used to be, but it really is, not thanks to to
those who are still 'gangsta's' based upon their actions.
song, "Rosa Parks," is FINALLY getting some radio play here in
Brewtown. It's one of the most slammin' tracks I've ever heard.
It's extremely upbeat, more of a booty song really. Musically
it fuses a country-style harmonica and some down-south hip-hop
beat to produce an extremely tight track. It will get EVERYbody
movin on the dance floor, especially durin the breakdown. The
refrain is catchy as hell.
"Skew It On
The Bab-b" features Raekwon, and is also an upbeat track.
It's the other hit off of Aquemini. Next is the title track. It's
much more laid back and intellectual. Aquemini's message
is that all things come to an end, but until then, anything can
One of my
other favorite tracks is "Synthesizer," which features George
Clinton. As the title suggests, the song talks about how today's
world is superficial, everything is becoming fake in order to
appear 'better', and be faster. Outkast then takes you into other
parts of their lives through tracks like "Slump," "SpottieOttieDopaliscious,"
and "Y'All Scared." These tracks are all good musically as well.
last track, "Liberation," is just amazig. It features Cee-Lo of
the Goodie Mob, who, for those of you who don't know, is also
from Atlanta. The track is about searchin for liberation from
this life we are forced to live, tryin to get away, get answers,
basically just tryin to stop the B.S!! The instruments are all
live, instead of the usual samples, and the open jam at the end
is deep, a perfect ending for such an emotional song.
dropped another dope LP. Many people, even those with different
types of music interests, have commented on how they really like
Hold On, Be Strong
2. Return Of The "G"
3. Rosa Parks
4. Skew It On The Bar-B
8. West Savannah
9. Da Art Of Storytellin' (Part 1)
10. Da Art Of Storytellin' (Part 2)
13. Y'All Scared