Stankonia - Outkast
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Universal acclaim- based on 206 Ratings

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  • Summary: Featuring the hit singles "B.O.B." and "Ms. Jackson," 'Stankonia' was a commercial and critical hit for the innovative Atlanta hip-hop duo of Dré and Big Boi.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    Crafting a sound that incorporates stinky Funkadelic psych with Prince harmonics and Rick James' pimp disco, this is hip hop with the power to convert even the most reactionary nonbelievers. [Jan 2001, p.107]
  2. There's more bounce-to-the-ounce and less molasses in the jams, more delight and less braggadocio in the raps.
  3. 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.
  4. 90
    Stankonia leaves nothing to be desired as it is energized by Outkast's clever lyrics coupled with their cutting edge production, which is an expansive take on the original Atlanta sound.
  5. Outkast's fourth album, Stankonia, is a far more complex effort than the critically acclaimed Aquemini. While Aquemini dealt with Big Boi and Dre's -- the self-described "player and poet," respectively -- contradictory personalities, Stankonia addresses the contradictory impulses of hip-hop itself.
  6. 80
    The best tracks here are quite unlike anything else in hip hop. [Jan 2001, p.107]
  7. 70
    As the tracks shift from smooth R&B to frantic, drum machine driven beats, Outkast prove able to pull from a big enough bag of tricks as rappers to remain unpredictable. The problem is that they come out of it all without having left any defining mark on the songs. It's almost as if Stankonia would be more memorable if the duo stuck to one sound, one rhythm, and one train of lyrical thought.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 84
  2. Negative: 10 out of 84
  1. hiphop
    Aug 25, 2009
    Outkast , still very original and funky.
  2. SushiK
    Sep 2, 2006
    I just heard this for the first time this year (2006) and I feal really really cheated in that I could have been listening to this for 6 years now. Co-sign all statements above... it is A LOT better than I ever could have expected. Wow, still reeling in shock. There really hasn't been anything this good since in hip hop, including all the underground and "conscious" rappers. My goal for the rest of the year is to pick up every Outkast album there is... Expand
  3. natee
    Jul 15, 2003
    this album is for those few who understand true music and not no b.s. that make yo a$$ and head move, it's for the mind and the up bringing of the sprit Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2012
    Classy & Funky Album. This is the 2nd greatest Outkast album (ATLiens #1) very original style and lyrics. This album makes you realize that Andre 3000 & Big Boi can bring Hip-Hop & Music to a whole another level. Expand
  5. CyrusG.
    Oct 20, 2001
    Just great upbeat hip-hop.
  6. ChrisR.
    Oct 6, 2007
    I dig Andre 3000. His sidekick is just dead wait though if you ask me.
  7. MusicLover
    Nov 18, 2002
    How can such awful music get 96, that's a mistery to me

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