Speakerboxxx/The Love Below Enhanced
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|1. The Love Below (Intro)|
|2. Love Hater|
|3. God (Interlude)|
|4. Happy Valentine's Day|
|6. Where Are My Panties?|
|8. She Lives In My Lap|
|9. Hey Ya!|
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2003 two CD release from the Hip Hop duo that contains a quasi solo album from each member (Big Boi and Dre 3000).
At a time when experimentation is taboo in most overground rap, thats all Outkast seem intent on executing. Firstly, this double CD has no cohesive link, other than the fact that it sounds like a pair of solo albums stitched together to demo exactly how Andres yin works to augment Big Bois yang. Andre 3000s Love Below disc rates as the more eclectic of the two, given that hes turned in his emcee credentials to become a full-on funk-soul-jazz vocalist who mostly sings about items of love ("Happy Valentine's Day"), carnal lust ("Spread"), and female adoration ("Prototype"). Minus the big band schmaltz of "Love Hater" and cheesy cover jobs ("My Favorite Things"), Andres disc is sick (meaning great). As is to be expected, the Big Boi disc is less arty, more gangsta and worldly, and features the less-progressive guest raps of ATL crunk purveyors Lil Jon and The Eastside Boyz ("Last Call") and Jay-Z who rhymes the hook on "Flip Flop Rock". Unlike Big Boi, Andre keeps his collabos to a minimum, once crooning alongside Norah Jones on the cool yet sappy "Take Off Your Cool", and once with Kelis. Boi fulfills his Dungeon Family duty with flying colors by flipping some dirty southern up-tempo raps over electro beats on "GhettoMusick". By the time Cee-Lo sermonizes on "Reset", Speakerboxx and Love Below rate mostly as majestic and inspiring, with the remaining 23 per cent being just plain incredible --Dalton Higgins
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I wasnt expecting this at all. I wanted to say that I am very happy that he did what he did, and took the risks that he did. Music is a business unfortunately, and even when you are established and not at risk of being dropped by your label, you still put out what the people want to hear and spite your heart.
From the beginning, I got the idea that the singing thing wasnt a gimmick. he expierimented on past albums, and this picks where he left off. Love hater is great, Happy Valentine's Day had me dance in my car seat. Spread is drity and funny. Prototype seems to blend country and R&B elements with his "falsetto". She live in my lap should have been a single, but things happen. "Hey Ya", what can I say? Ingenous. and it continue throughout. Pink and blue is a great takeoff of Prince's style, and a indirect tribute to Aaliyah. the Subject matter was great on this album, but......there is ONE song, that just made me understand totally where dre is going, and how far he can go:Take off your cool. To get Norah Jones on a Hip Hop album, and make a song you want your MOM to hear, and sound so good. GEE!
Big Boi's Disc:
Why do people continue to sleep on this man? Yes, Andre is the better rapper of the two, BUT, stop looking over this man's talent. He paints pictures, he is slickw with his words, he works hard at what he does. I am still stuck on some things he said on Stankonia.
Ghettomusik is beautiful, I pump this loudly, i just didnt understand why so much of Dre was on here, not that I minded.Read more ›
I know what everyone is thinking. I thought the same thing too when I bought the album when it first came out. I thought "What the hell is Andre doing?". His CD is about 90% rap-less, and considering he was a major success as a rapper, no one expected it to be very good. But now I can safely say what Andre was doing, he was being a genius. "Happy Valentine's Day" is an extremely funky spoken-word song where he actually raps, and sounds great while doing so. He also spits a great verse in "Spread". In that particular song, his flow easily matches the speed of Big Boi. "Prototype" is a Prince-esque ballad about "the perfect woman" in Andre's view. And everyone knows "Hey Ya", the brilliant, danceable mainstream smash. Big Boi leaves his mark on "Roses", the second single off The Love Below, a great one too, pretty funny as well. "Pink & Blue" is the most interesting song on The Love Below. Produced by R. Kelly, this one has the best ending on a song I've ever heard. "She's Alive" is a very touching track where Andre sings about his mom raising Andre all by herself.Read more ›
Big Boi's disc, Speakerboxx, is by no means the strongest disc produced by him or Outkast. The first six tracks are hip-hop "pop" as I like to deem it...I literally felt like I was either in a cartoon or I had picked up some new poppy dance music. "The Way You Move" has been overplayed and I just don't like the style of it with a pop sound. However, I am impressed that Sleepy Brown is getting recognition for appearing on this track and it should help to launch his CD's sale for Only The Grown and Sexy. "Bust" was a good track while "War" was a very deep song that I may not agree with but it's still absolutely amazing in Outkast style. From there to the end of the disc, Big Boi throws amazing rhymes and the guest appearances are second to none. Most of the tracks from "Bust" onward are great but "Flip Flop Rock" has to be one of my favorite tracks on the disc since Big Boi, Killer Mike, and Jay-Z rap with so much style, it's definately the track of the titans of hip-hop. Although I can't say this is the best disc by Outkast, it does have a new style and though it lacks at the beginning, it makes up for itself the rest of the way through.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I tried I really tried to feel Big Bois contribution to the album but I couldn't put down Dre's half. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2005 by Home of the 2piece
Ok, the lyrics are pointless i must admit but its the music that counts to me! The way they play music is unbelievable!!!! Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Ryan Spence
stick together. afromanmusic.com. sign up for the street team. get your money's worth and buy the new discPublished on July 18 2004
Both CDs are excellent, Andre has the more slow jamming, girl loving, emotional type of sound that you have to be in the mood for usually, but I love listening to this CD whenever. Read morePublished on July 17 2004
this is the only rap album i own, lets get that out of the way. this is a rather salubrious seedee. most rap is crap. this is good though, mainly the love below. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Isaac Olson
Okay overhype come get your overhype!
The most uninspired lyrics in the world! There is no point in any songs they have released as singles! Hey Ya? Read more
Be as not is on lp yet is on cd it are but still not good. HOUSE!!!
No song, even one is good. All am bad. HOUSE!!!
Do not buy, as it is bad like moldy balogna. Read more
this is a eally good cd. it is 1 of my favorite cds ever. it has all the best songs of outkast including "Hey Ya", "I like the way you move", and "Roses".Published on July 14 2004
This is a good cd. Im only writing thsi because its startin to annoy me that every rap cd i read a review on theres always a few that say dont buy this crap its sucks go listen to... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by tashdapimp