Outkast – Stankonia

From Halloween 2000 comes Outkast’s “Stankonia”. The is the album “where it starts to get weird” for Outkast. Our boys fromAtlantahave left behind the more conventional hip hop of Aquemini and branched out a bit further into a slightly more psychedelic sound. It’s a bit long by album standards, 73:17, and sets the table a bit for Outkasts’ next album which was a full on double cd (as well as the implosion of the group).To put this album in a bit of context, the most popular hip hop acts at the time chartwise were DMX and his arf arf arf schtick. Ja Rule (doing a duet with whoever happened to be available), and of course Eminem who was “showing his introspective side” with his hit song “Stan”. Busta Rhymes was still popular, as was Lil Kim, Beanie Seigal, and Juvenile. So compare this album to any of that stuff and I think you’ll hear a big difference. If you don’t mind being Mannochi’d I’ve included the user ratings from amazon.com below the album art.

(I might start giving contexts for albums from now on. And I admit I’ll have to look up John Zorn’s contemporaries and find out what they were doing while he was makingNakedCity.)

http://grooveshark.com/#/album/Stankonia/1096353?src=5 (you’ll need to click “show more songs” to add the first couple in because for some reason they couldn’t be bothered to put 1-23 in their correct order)

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Record Club began in the cold, dank, snowmageddon scene that was New England of January 2011. We’re probably no different than you. We all work in cubicles, some in smaller, less private cubicles than others; that just means we have to be even sneakier about how we listen to our music. But we have to listen to our music, mostly as a way of saving our own personal sanity. Sometimes our opinions lead us to debates that may or may not be published in their entirety on this site, but I can promise you’ll at least get a glimpse of the way our minds work. The main goal is to find new music we like or find old music that we didn’t know we liked. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes it’s a total and complete disaster. After our ears have rejoiced or stopped bleeding we try something else. This is our pattern, every Tuesday and Thursday. Sometimes, when the club isn’t officially in session, just to keep everyone on their toes, we throw in a theme day. We’re beginning to run low on our original list, so please, if you have albums that you’d like us to review or themes that you’d like to see our playlist of, feel free to contribute. After all, we’re all in this together once we punch the time clock. So if you’re busy (or just plain bored) lurking in your cubicle as you read this join in. After all, life wasn’t meant to be lived staring at a computer screen. I guarantee you, it’s at least more fun when you plug the headphones in.


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