Whatever's left I'm usin to keep myself from losin
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I wish I was writing about a new OutKast song. I'm hoping 2009 will be the year the Atlanta, Georgia duo will bless us with a new album. But until then, I have to pay tribute to one of my favourite rap groups of all time (with Andre 3000 being most probably my favourite rapper--period). I don't feel that I need to provide some sort of background information on them cause I'm confident that, by now, almost everyone has heard them. Whether it be from their OG Southernplayalisticcaddliacmusik days (have fun reading that) to "Ms. Jackson," to "Hey Ya," we're all more or less familiar with Andre 3000 and Big Boi.
I could pick so many songs by them and go on and on about them, but I'll try to keep to the point. "Synthesizer"(featuring George Clinton of the Parliament/Funkadelic) is one of the first rap songs I heard that, not only was "weird" but actually about a topic that is rarely ever rapped about. As the title suggests, this song is about all the fake/plastic people and things there are in this world. And if you ever don't like something about yourself, well, you can always count on science to provide you a new one. Even the beat is synthesized with robotic background vocals.
Favourite Part: Andre's entire verse starting around 2:06. His flow is fired up and his lyrics are, as always, great.
This song is a perfect example of how different OutKast is. I mean, they've even labeled themselves as pariahs. This track is from their third LP, Aquemini--a combination of the rappers signs. Now I'm gonna be honest, as much as I like OutKast as a whole, it's really Andre that does it for me. His lyrics are almost always more meaningful and clever than Big Boi's. But that's why they're a perfect balance for each other, cause we all know how much people seem to love rap songs about bullshit.
Although the duo have gone their seperate ways more or less, rumours have been flying around for almost two years now about a new album. And this time, it won't be two solo albums released as a double disc. In the meantime, Big Boi has been touring with the Atlanta Ballet company for his stage production, "Big." How cool is that?
Synthesizer - George Clinton