Day 157 – #266. OutKast – Stankonia

OutKast - Stankonia Album Review

This marks my first listen the whole way through Stankonia in one sitting. And it’s just as ridiculous as I anticipated it would be.

That said, I try to err on the side of caution when it comes to too much embellishment. This cannot be said of the iTunes review for the album:

“With Stankonia Outkast executed a dizzying cultural blitzkrieg that allowed them to remake the post-millennial musical landscape in their own image. The importance of their accomplishment cannot be overstated.”

I mean, to me, hyperbole is nice when it’s meant to be satirical. But this is hyperbole to the point of viewing this group as demi-gods. Right?

Sure, there’s some merit in calling it an important album. Now that I’ve burned through their whole catalogue, I feel it wins out easily over Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. But good Lord, a biblical allusion in reference to rebuilding after disaster?

That’s what I’m getting out of that statement. Considering the late 90s music scene: shambles. Boy bands & nü-metal and girl pop. So yeah, surely in comparison to that it’s a musical revolution. But put up against something like the year in hip-hop/rap in 1994, it doesn’t hold a candle.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s a good record. Even a great record! There’s so much good on here to enjoy, between the beats, the true Atlanta spirit in the lyrics, and the braggadocio. But this is the exact reason why I try to stay away from reviews when formulating my own.

If you like hip-hop at all, listen to Stankonia.

If you don’t like hip-hop at all, listen to Stankonia.

But either way: when you listen to Stankonia, make sure you make up your mind for you, not for anyone else, or because the Internet told you to have a certain opinion.

From an album that is already 13 years older, this is “Spaghetti Junction” –

Standout tracks: The singles, obviously (“So Fresh, So Clean”; “Ms. Jackson”; “B.o.B.”). Killer Mike on “Snappin’ & Trappin’.” “Spaghetti Junction” has a beat that is just stupid good.
Weakest tracks: Seven interludes and an intro? Jesus.

RIYL: Mainstream rap, mainstream hip-hop. The Stankoff . Killer Mike. Trap muzik.




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