Stankonia - Outkast
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Universal acclaim- based on 220 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: 73 out of 85
  2. Negative: 10 out of 85
  1. hiphop
    Aug 25, 2009
    Outkast , still very original and funky.
  2. jd
    Mar 24, 2007
    this album is stunning beginning to end. this is the best rap album ever made. even 7 years on it feels revolutionary. the beats are the stuff the neptunes and timbaland with they could do. it's down and dirty . it's bizzare and cool. no 2 tracks sound the same. album of the decade. Expand
  3. loveformusic
    Jul 15, 2003
    hot stuff
  4. Jan 4, 2013
    One of the greatest albums of all time by the greatest hip hop group of all time. Andre 3000 and Big Boi are a match made in hip hop heaven and this album only showcases their musical genius. It's a damn shame that the two are on hiatus; hip hop could use a little revitalization. Expand
  5. spamspam
    Jan 7, 2002
    Excellent album but you gotta start from the beginning with these guys. Nothing tops thier ATliens album.
  6. Alex`R.
    Apr 21, 2009
    Near Flawless.
  7. MusicLover
    Nov 18, 2002
    How can such awful music get 96, that's a mistery to me

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