My iPod #418: OutKast – Ghetto Musick

Today’s track begins the first disc out of legendary Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast’s double album “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” from 2003, or what can be considered to be two solo albums by Big Boi and André 3000 released together as a single package.

After the final bark on Speakerboxxx’s “Intro”, “Ghetto Musick” gets shit popping straight away with an erratic synthesizer line and with André playing the crazy hype man, preparing for you for the tiring onslaught that’s coming at you for the next four minutes or so. Despite Speakerboxxx being pretty much a Big Boi solo album to show off the man’s rapping abilities, André 3000 features heavily on “Ghetto Musick” providing vocals for the aforementioned intro, for a short verse, the pre-chorus and the main chorus. In fact, Big Boi contributes only one verse in the whole song but in it still makes his message clear: OutKast were back on some new shit; no one can fuck with them. The track is also notable for its slow bridge featuring a Patti LaBelle, and the high-pitched “Feeling great, feeling good, how are yooooooou’ lyrics before immediately switching up the tempo that is established from the start.

I remember watching the video for the track in 2004. My sister loved the track. I already had the album. But at this point, “Hey Ya!”, “Roses”, and “The Way You Move” to some extent had already got the duo the attention they deserved for the new album. “Ghetto Musick” fell a bit short unfortunately. But that doesn’t matter. “Ghetto Musick” is a track to get rowdy to, and then get close to a loved one for a few seconds before forcefully throwing them down and getting down on the floor again. The track is a train that cannot be stopped, however much you feel it should or want it to. Well, that is until it eventually ends on a pulsating beat.


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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