Tuesday, October 31, 2000

OutKast released Stankonia



Released: October, 31, 2000

Charted: November 18, 2000

Peak: 2 US, 2 RB, 10 UK, 4 CN, 33 AU

Sales (in millions): 4.0 US, 0.1 UK, 7.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: rap


Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Intro
  2. Gasoline Dreams (with Khujo Goodie & Goodie Mob)
  3. I’m Cool (Interlude)
  4. So Fresh, So Clean (12/16/00, 24a US, 45 RR, 10 RB, 16 UK)
  5. Ms. Jackson (10/28/00, 1 US, 14 RR, 1 RB, 2 UK, 9 CN, 2 AU)
  6. Snappin’ & Trappin’ (with Killer Mike & J Sweet)
  7. D.F. (Interlude)
  8. Spaghetti Junction
  9. Kim & Cookie (Interlude)
  10. I’ll Call Before I Come (with Gangsta Boo & Eco)
  11. B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad) (9/23/00, 58a RB, 61 UK)
  12. Xplosion (with B-Real)
  13. Good Hair (Interlude)
  14. We Luv Deez Hoez (with Backbone & Bigg Gipp)
  15. Humble Mumble (with Erykah Badu)
  16. Drinking Again (Interlude)
  17. ?
  18. Red Velvet
  19. Cruisin’ in the ATL (Interlude)
  20. Gangsta Shit
  21. Toilet Tisha (with C-Lo & Goodie Mob)
  22. Slum Beautiful
  23. Pre-Nup (Interlude)
  24. Stankonia (Stanklove)

Total Running Time: 73:07

The Players:

  • André 3000 (vocals, snythesizers, guitar, production)
  • Big Boi (vocals, production)
  • Mr. DJ (production)


4.277 out of 5.00 (average of 14 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Stankonia was OutKast’s second straight masterstroke, an album just as ambitious, just as all-over-the-map, and even hookier than its predecessor.” AMG “There’s a thrilling sprawl…a sense of limitless possibilities within the boundaries of hip-hop.” RS’20

“With producers Organized Noize playing a diminished role, Stankonia reclaims the duo’s futuristic bent. Keyboardist/producer Earthtone III helms most of the backing tracks, and while the live-performance approach is still present, there’s more reliance on programmed percussion, otherworldly synthesizers, and surreal sound effects. Yet the results are surprisingly warm and soulful, a trippy sort of techno-psychedelic funk. Every repeat listen seems to uncover some new element in the mix, but most of the songs have such memorable hooks that it’s easy to stay diverted.” AMG

On“High Times, man of the millenium Big Boi and jodhpur-wearing thespian André 3000 have to bridge aesthetic galaxies just to make small talk, so it’s no surprise that their musical partnership, which started in high school, yielded an integrative masterpiece.” TL

“The immediate dividends include two of 2000’s best singles.” AMG The first, B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad), “fuses funk, punk, techno, disco, Atari sound effects and a gospel choir into a millenial dance party.” TL “The music is sexy, bold, and hard, mixing…distorted metal guitar, an HBCU gospel choir, and a jittery techno beat. Big Boi says OutKast is ‘cooler than a polar bear’s toenails.’” RS’20 This “is the fastest of several tracks built on jittery drum’n’bass rhythms, but André and Big Boi keep up with awe-inspiring effortlessness.” AMG “‘We call it slumadelic,’ said André 3000.” RS’20

The other big single is “Ms. Jackson, which “is an anguished plea directed at the mother of the mother of an out-of-wedlock child, tinged with regret, bitterness, and affection.” AMG

“Its sensitivity and social awareness are echoed in varying proportions elsewhere, from the Public Enemy-style rant Gasoline DreamsAMG about “feeling excluded from the American dream.” RS’20 “The fluid rhymes (‘Speeches only reaches those who already know about it/This is how we go about it’) ground Stankonia in rap, but it’s the soul singing in the chorus that makes Ms. Jackson so tender and the jagged guitar riff that makes ‘Gasoline Dreams’ so hard.” TL

There’s also “the heartbreaking suicide tale Toilet TishaAMG which discusses “the trauma of teen pregnancy.” RS’20 There are also songs about “good manners (I’ll Call Before I Come),” RS’20 and “the perils of sex (We Luv Deez Hoez) and alcohol (?).” RS’20

“The group also returns to its roots for some of the most testosterone-drenched material since their debut. Then again, OutKast doesn’t take its posturing too seriously, which is why they can portray women holding their own, or make bizarre boasts about being So Fresh, So Clean.” AMG

“Given the variety of moods, it helps that the album is broken up by brief, usually humorous interludes, which serve as a sort of reset button. It takes a few listens to pull everything together, but given the immense scope, it’s striking how few weak tracks there are. It’s no wonder Stankonia consolidated OutKast’s status as critics’ darlings, and began attracting broad new audiences: its across-the-board appeal and ambition overshadowed nearly every other pop album released in 2000.” AMG

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First posted 3/20/2010; last updated 4/21/2022.

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