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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: 75 out of 85
  2. Negative: 7 out of 85
  1. hiphop
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    Outkast , still very original and funky.
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    10
    amazed. the album is hilarious, clever, righteously weird (with the whole stankonia mythology going on), and the instrumentation cuts ****amazed. the album is hilarious, clever, righteously weird (with the whole stankonia mythology going on), and the instrumentation cuts **** DEEP. The lyrics are dark and satirical. Expand
  3. DanC
    Feb 1, 2004
    10
    One of the greatest hip hop albums ever!
  4. Dec 17, 2017
    10
    What a surprising album by the talented Big Boi and Andre 3000 ! Outkast confirms here there unique way of making rap music. I will never beWhat a surprising album by the talented Big Boi and Andre 3000 ! Outkast confirms here there unique way of making rap music. I will never be weary of this album. True Classic. Expand
  5. AndrewR
    Nov 21, 2003
    9
    A fine piece of work. Boi and Dre have impeccable chemistry, and their creative muse never rests on its laurels, resulting in a restless and A fine piece of work. Boi and Dre have impeccable chemistry, and their creative muse never rests on its laurels, resulting in a restless and often convoluted but thoughtful and endlessly entertaining piece of art. I love the deep Prince-ly funk that drives the largely satirical "So Fresh So Clean," the Bomb Squad-esque guitar workout behind "Gasoline Dreams" and the acid jungle groove on the unfreakingbelievable "B.O.B."-- and I love what it stands for. Mos Def, Common, Talib Kweli, The Roots, and Blackalicious are all counteracting mainstream rap's lazy, piss-poor knuckle-dragging, and so are Outkast-- they've just come from Mars and rode in on Parliament's Mothership. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2015
    9
    8.8/10................................................................................................................................................
  7. MusicLover
    Nov 18, 2002
    0
    How can such awful music get 96, that's a mistery to me

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