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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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Ms. Jackson
Yeah this one right here goes out to all the baby's mamas, mamas Mamas, mamas, baby mamas, mamas Yeah, go like this I'm sorry Ms. Jackson (oh), I am... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. On their astonishing new Stankonia (LaFace/Arista), Outkast explore their own disappointment with hip-hop's self-satisfied acquisitiveness. But though it attacks the genre's tunnel vision, the album -- which takes its name from George Clinton's vision of funk as expressing the raw, unruly side of life -- does so with joy (and huge doses of absurdity) instead of with the polemics of Public Enemy.... Stankonia is among the most exciting albums of the year, not only because it brazenly addresses hip-hop's spiritual emptiness (other well-intentioned rappers have tried) but because it musically surpasses the most innovative work of street production dons like Swizz Beatz, Manny Fresh, and Timbaland. By offering something for both the mind and the ass, to borrow from George Clinton's slogan, Outkast, like Gang of Four and Funkadelic before them, make revolution you can dance to.
  2. There's more bounce-to-the-ounce and less molasses in the jams, more delight and less braggadocio in the raps.
  3. Stankonia reeks of artful ambition rendered with impeccable skill -- or as one song title so concisely has it, ''So Fresh, So Clean.''
  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. Scattered among the jewels are shiny bits of glass that aren't as valuable as they might be.
  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 83
  2. Negative: 7 out of 83
  1. hiphop
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    Outkast , still very original and funky.
  2. Aug 31, 2011
    10
    The most creative Hip-Hop album ever with incredibly fast and skilled rhyming and incredibly diverse range of lyrical subjects. This one putsThe most creative Hip-Hop album ever with incredibly fast and skilled rhyming and incredibly diverse range of lyrical subjects. This one puts Andre 3K and Big Boi both in my top 10 ever MCs Expand
  3. BrandonS
    Sep 16, 2003
    10
    Best Rap album ever!
  4. Jan 27, 2017
    10
    One does not simply skip a song in this album. It's simply perfect! Original, funny and creative as you'd expect from the Outkast! The bestOne does not simply skip a song in this album. It's simply perfect! Original, funny and creative as you'd expect from the Outkast! The best album ever released in the Southern scene of rap, simply put! Expand
  5. NateM
    Nov 2, 2003
    9
    An Instant Hip-Hop Classic! You cannot be a true hip-hop afficianado withouth this album in your collection.
  6. Jan 22, 2013
    9
    A landmark album. I think of it as the Physical Graffiti of hip-hop. Each song is full of fresh ideas. It's a perfect combination of ambitionA landmark album. I think of it as the Physical Graffiti of hip-hop. Each song is full of fresh ideas. It's a perfect combination of ambition and accessibility. Outkast consistently deliver their stunning, high-quality vocals over production that ranges from hardcore rap beats (Gangsta **** to salsa (Humble Mumble). Stankonia breaks all the rules while staying true to their roots. A classic album for the ages. Expand
  7. MusicLover
    Nov 18, 2002
    0
    How can such awful music get 96, that's a mistery to me

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