Stankonia - Outkast
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95

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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 225 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.
Score distribution:
  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: 74 out of 86
  2. Negative: 10 out of 86
  1. hiphop
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    Outkast , still very original and funky.
  2. GregB
    Jun 25, 2007
    10
    It's not as good as Aquemini, but at that time, this was the best album of the year.
  3. loveformusic
    Jul 15, 2003
    10
    hot stuff
  4. Oct 7, 2013
    10
    Not only one of the best hip-hop albums ever, but just quite simply one of the best albums ever.With a great message, story and sound thisNot only one of the best hip-hop albums ever, but just quite simply one of the best albums ever.With a great message, story and sound this album was a revolution and still is totally original and unique. This is in my opinion the last great hip-hop album. Expand
  5. spamspam
    Jan 7, 2002
    9
    Excellent album but you gotta start from the beginning with these guys. Nothing tops thier ATliens album.
  6. Alex`R.
    Apr 21, 2009
    9
    Near Flawless.
  7. MusicLover
    Nov 18, 2002
    0
    How can such awful music get 96, that's a mistery to me

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