Stankonia

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Universal acclaim- based on 316 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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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. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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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: 68 out of 78
  2. Negative: 7 out of 78
  1. hiphop
    Aug 25, 2009
    10
    Outkast , still very original and funky.
  2. Davidh
    Feb 9, 2009
    10
    'You're so anne frank lets hit the attack and hide out for bout 2 weeks!' quite possibly the greatest hip-hop album ever made. 'You're so anne frank lets hit the attack and hide out for bout 2 weeks!' quite possibly the greatest hip-hop album ever made. Highly innovative and creative, expanding it's horizons to fuze many genres of music, it is an artistic triumph. Outkast are clearly the best, most original hip-hop group! the only weak tracks are snapping & trapping and possibly slum beautiful. But this album is amazing! for all its flare and dare it is remarkable how amazing it is! unafraid to take risks, Outkast come out on top! best tracks- gasoline dreams,so fresh and so clean, miss jackson, i'll call before i come, bombs over baghdad, humble mumble! Expand
  3. loveformusic
    Jul 15, 2003
    10
    hot stuff
  4. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    The Cure for AIDS & EBOLA is OutKast's "Snappin' & Trappin'" Play that and You Will Be Cured No Kidding Don't Listen to The Four Tops - "SugarThe Cure for AIDS & EBOLA is OutKast's "Snappin' & Trappin'" Play that and You Will Be Cured No Kidding Don't Listen to The Four Tops - "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch" That song is infected with AIDS and you will die if you listen to it! 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. Mar 20, 2012
    9
    "Stankonia, the place from which all funky things that come",far from an understatement, this album makes that believable. Funk is hardly the"Stankonia, the place from which all funky things that come",far from an understatement, this album makes that believable. Funk is hardly the only thing that lives in Stankoina, with its many types of hip-hop, soul and some jungle beats, Stankonia is a thrilling listen. A- Expand
  7. MusicLover
    Nov 18, 2002
    0
    How can such awful music get 96, that's a mistery to me

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