Outkast poll #2: ATLiens

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Elevators (Me & You)" 18
"ATLiens" 7
"Wheelz of Steel" 4
"13th Floor/Growing Old" 3
"Ova Da Wudz" 2
"Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)" 1
"E.T. (Extraterrestrial)" 1
"Millennium" 0
"Decatur Psalm" 0
"Mainstream" 0
"Wailin'" 0
"Babylon" 0
"Jazzy Belle" 0
"You May Die (Intro)" 0


im on the moon btw (The Reverend), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 06:42 (ten years ago) link

since voting for "atliens" woul dbe too obv i'm gonna vote for "two dope boyz"

waka flocka pedia (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 06:51 (ten years ago) link

voting for "Ova da Wudz" cause Big Boi sounds evil as fuck on that track

im on the moon btw (The Reverend), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 06:52 (ten years ago) link

elevators gtfo w/ this

secret smdh-i (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:13 (ten years ago) link

elevators. this may be the most front-heavy album i own.

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:15 (ten years ago) link

oh u rong

im on the moon btw (The Reverend), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:18 (ten years ago) link

so much great stuff in the back half

im on the moon btw (The Reverend), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:18 (ten years ago) link

this is maybe my favorite album of the 90s btw

im on the moon btw (The Reverend), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:19 (ten years ago) link

u are a weird dude, rev

secret smdh-i (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:19 (ten years ago) link

a seATLien if u will

secret smdh-i (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:20 (ten years ago) link

haven't heard this in a while but elevators is what I remember

noted schloar (dyao), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:43 (ten years ago) link

might go for two dope boyz in the end tho

noted schloar (dyao), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 07:43 (ten years ago) link

Voting for "Elevators" but I need to dig this out again properly.

"Fuck Off" to the Buskers (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 08:13 (ten years ago) link

NB I wd still vote for "Elevators"

"Fuck Off" to the Buskers (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 2 March 2010 08:13 (ten years ago) link

might vote for the title track tbh

noted schloar (dyao), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 01:08 (ten years ago) link

two dope boys

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 01:15 (ten years ago) link

this is maybe my favorite album of the 90s btw
― im on the moon btw (The Reverend)

it's damn close.
Having a really really hard time choosing between elevators, wheelz of steel, atliens, millennium, 2 dope boyz, mainstream... boy, this IS a good album. I think I'm going with wheelz.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 17:51 (ten years ago) link

throw yo hands in the ayerrrrr = first Outkast hook I remember sticking in my head

amazing record

Wet Hot American Oil Spill (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 18:01 (ten years ago) link

wheeeeeeeelz ov steel 4ever. prob my fave thing they ever done did.

scott seward, Wednesday, 3 March 2010 18:07 (ten years ago) link

could be any of these: Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac), ATLiens, Wheelz of Steel, Elevators

king willie style (will), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 18:14 (ten years ago) link

this is maybe my favorite album of the 90s btw

― im on the moon btw (The Reverend)

Completely reasonable imo. I've consistently loved this album since I was like 11 years old

smothered in country gravy (Whitey on the Moon), Wednesday, 3 March 2010 18:33 (ten years ago) link

I live by the beat like you live check to check/
If you don't move yo feet then I don't eat, so we like neck to neck

noted schloar (dyao), Thursday, 4 March 2010 01:21 (ten years ago) link

Man this was one of those CDs that was stolen from my apt way back in 1998 and I still haven't replaced it. I need to get on that.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 4 March 2010 01:22 (ten years ago) link

whole album is dope but elevators is on a higher level.

what won the first album poll?

80085 (a hoy hoy), Thursday, 4 March 2010 08:21 (ten years ago) link

two dope boyz in a red hot minute

CLOWNSTAPE (jjjusten), Thursday, 4 March 2010 08:26 (ten years ago) link

Secret real answer is E.T. (Extraterrestrial)

the who cares (okamax), Thursday, 4 March 2010 09:57 (ten years ago) link

your mama and your cousin toooooo

Shannon Whirry and the Bad Brains, Thursday, 4 March 2010 10:02 (ten years ago) link

hadn't listened to this in years. voting "ova da wudz", love that dusty desert vibe and the way big boi's rhymes tumble over each other in the last verse. "shakin that ass for daddy, puttin this gas off in my cadi / llac, back, don't ever snap / packin the gats and pimpin whores / hors d'oeuvres / swerve / hit the curb because i'm reckless / back in the days when i was broke i'd have snatched your fuckin necklace"

"jazzy belle" is gorgeous sonically but such bullshit lyrically :(

لوووووووووووووووووووول (lex pretend), Thursday, 4 March 2010 12:03 (ten years ago) link

"Decatur Psalm" is getting really underrated here. Cool Breeze has one of my favorite verses ever.

Tell his folks that I'm sorry bout that Lexus
I'm bout to dip and see my sister up in--
Naw, can't even tell you where I keep my extra player card
Cause them red dog police know we homeboys

fart and crazy swag (The Reverend), Thursday, 4 March 2010 15:17 (ten years ago) link

Just tell everyone who owe us a dime
It's that great "Ho, round up your money" time
I got to have mine, then I'm out of here
Take a loss, come back up like Coco Grier

fart and crazy swag (The Reverend), Thursday, 4 March 2010 15:21 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 8 March 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link

13th Floor/Growing Old is exquisite.

President Keyes, Monday, 8 March 2010 00:17 (ten years ago) link

elevators!
heard it for the first time on the wake up show, which luckily i was taping, spent the next couple hours
memorizing it front to back. that didn't happen for the rest of these iirc

they want a fapz (tremendoid), Monday, 8 March 2010 00:29 (ten years ago) link

I could probably rap 90% of this album back at you verbatim (and could have done the rest at one point)

fart and crazy swag (The Reverend), Monday, 8 March 2010 01:17 (ten years ago) link

Growing Old instro is so beautiful, that piano figure with the scratched in "96 gon' be that year".

the raps are beautiful also, overlapping and crossfading

I bet you never heard of a playa with no game...shot it with no shame...confessin one mo' lesson from the South we in the house tonight!...the nigga the B-I-G, be speakin the truth not talkin that shit boy...as the calendar keeps flippin, niggas dippin...on fire like the Georgia mass choir we keep on sangin...we hit the stage and then we fly back to our nest like some eagles, growing old

the sung hook is kind of overblown tho? just a little too much jam on the sentiment. and i could do without Big Rube's bullshit on 13th Floor tbh.

zvookster, Monday, 8 March 2010 01:19 (ten years ago) link

No album brings me back to high school like this one. Haven't heard it in years, but will vote for that Growing Old track.

musicfanatic, Monday, 8 March 2010 05:09 (ten years ago) link

i'm not much of a rap dude but i think this has my favorite production of any rap album, so much subtle detail in the beats

ciderpress, Monday, 8 March 2010 05:18 (ten years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 9 March 2010 00:01 (ten years ago) link

Missed the poll, love this album.

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 17:12 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Moving this question from the Aquemini thread here:

songs that are listed as being produced by "outkast" -- i've never really read much about how dre/big boi worked together in terms of production. anyone have any insight?

― J0rdan S., Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:42 AM Bookmark

From Third Coast:

Along with Andre and Big Boi's personal maturation came significant musical growth. Empowered by their success, they decided to pursue making their own music, apart from Organized Noize. Dre took some of the money he'd earned and bought state-of-the-art hip-hop machinery: the MPC3000 sampler, SP1200 drum machine, ASR-10 synthesizer, a Tascam mixing board, and turntables with piles of old records found at local shops. Big Boi also sprung for a set of gear, though he was distracted with his new baby and slower to take it up.

Having watched Ray, Dre didn't approach beat making as an absolute beginner. Still, it's a measure of the musical gifts of both Dre and Big Boi (who wrote the hook) that their first creation was a song as clever and inventive as "Elevators (Me & You)." As the first single from ATLiens, the song became OutKast's second number-one rap hit, and the group's biggest pop charting to that point.

As much a slice of Southern hip-hop progressivism "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" had been, "Elevators" builds thick atmosphere around humming organ, dubby bass, echoing rim shots, and lonely "wrong number" phone tones, gliding gently into a chorus cooly sung by Big and others: "Me and you, your momma and your cousin too/ Rollin' down the strip on Vogues, comin' up slammin' Cadillac doors." It was classic down-South signifiying: extended families, 'Lacs with high-end tires, car culture. The verses, meanwhile, reflect the group's turning point by taking account of where they'd been--retelling the meeting with Rico at Lamonte's--and where they were going: "We done come a long way like them Slim-ass cigarrettes from Virginia, this ain't gon' stop so we just gon' continue,"

"Elevators convinced OutKast they could take more control of their music. "I can remember when I wrote the hook," Big Boi relates. "I said to Dre, 'I might be trippin', but this shit sounds fonky!' And he was like, 'That shit jammin'.' So after that we had another avenue."

Organized Noize did not resist OutKast's inclination to pull away. "Ray and them, they never hated, they never shunned what I was doing," Dre says. "They'd say it was pretty cool or tell me it would be good if I'd just [improve] one thing."

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:11 (ten years ago) link

haha then it talks about Goodie Mob renting a cabin up in the mountains to write Still Standing

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:13 (ten years ago) link

PIMPIN WHORES
HORS D'OUEVRES
SWERVE
HIT THE CURB
BECAUSE I'M RECKLESS
BACK IN THE DAY WHEN I WAS BROKE I'D SNATCH YOUR FUCKIN NECKLACE

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:27 (ten years ago) link

I'm fascinated by the way your nipples peak at me through your blouse
Freaky me
Freaky you
Can't help but be aroused

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:28 (ten years ago) link

The beat hit like Beat Street
Krush Groove
and Breakin'

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:31 (ten years ago) link

That ain't hiphop
You find that shit in the gift shop

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:33 (ten years ago) link

Be kings and queens up in this thing
Get rid of all them jokers
FACE DOWN
FACE DOWN

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:36 (ten years ago) link

FLOWIN LIKE SOME MOTHERFUCKIN SWORDFISH

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:38 (ten years ago) link

I call the crib, they say "Breeze, you ain't know?"
I said "What?" "Big Time got popped in his Benzo"
I said "Damn, man, I'm ridin' in his Lexus"
I'm bout to dump this nigga's shit in New Dimentions
Get to the crib so I can Big Slate up
And tell him the money man done slipped and got his throat cut
And everything that we took from the wearhou'
I heard somebody talkin bout it at the white hou'
Man, thought you said that this job is for me and you
I ain't know that Bill Clampett want his song too
Tell his folks that I'm sorry bout that Lexus
I'm bout to dip and see my sister up in--
Naw, can't even tell you where I keep my extra player card
Cause them red dog police know we homeboys
Just tell everyone who owe us a dime
It's that great "Ho, round up your money" time
I got to have mine, then I'm out of here
Take a loss, come back up just like Coco Grier
You ain't gotta worry bout your partner gettin caught like a lame
It won't be over til that big girl from Decatur sang

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:46 (ten years ago) link

Lookin up in your face I see a coward and a dimwit
Lookin to run up in my private home just like you was the folks

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:47 (ten years ago) link

I need to take my ass to the crib and drop the baby off
Cause the niggas at the corner store been lookin at me for too long
Starin like accidents on highways
High days are better than sober ones
Don't advise it, but I know it has to come
So I put two in the sky to let them know I'm babysittin
Yall don't know nothin bout Big Boi cause that nigga's steady pimpin

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:49 (ten years ago) link

ME AND EVERYTHING AROUND ME
IS UNSTABLE LIKE CHERNOBYL

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:52 (ten years ago) link

PLANETS MOON STARS
EARTH JUPITER MARS
HOES CLOTHES CARS
IT'S WHO U ARE

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:53 (ten years ago) link

even Joe gots problems that he gots to joust with

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:58 (ten years ago) link

I grew up on booty-shake
We did not know no better thang

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:02 (ten years ago) link

Don't expect it to be pimpin
Keep your index off the trigger

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:02 (ten years ago) link

Fridays are tight
But Saturday just makes it old

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:04 (ten years ago) link

FAT TITTIES TURN TO TEARDROPS
AS FAT ASS TURNS TO FLAB
SORES THAT WAS OPEN WOUNDS
EVENTUALLY TURN TO SCABS
TREES BRIGHT AND GREEN
TURN YELLOW-BROWN
AUTUMN CALLED EM
SEE ALL DEM LEAVES MUST FALL DOWN
GROWING OLD

the real dangers horses in black neighborhoods face (The Reverend), Thursday, 25 March 2010 10:06 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

preach, rev.

i was thinking about this album earlier and just how much of a paradigm shift it introduced for me in the way i listened to and thought about music. hiphop was my "classic rock" or pop music as a kid growing up, and this was like my dark side of the moon. but somehow even more important and poignant. nothing else at the time sounded like it. i still remember vividly where i was the first time i heard 'elevators' and then, a couple months later, the whole album. i sat and listened to it that first time and i was actively in denial of what i was hearing — where did this music come from? unbelievably good.

when i think of the best albums of the 90s, this is always in contention for my #1 spot.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 3 August 2020 00:30 (two months ago) link

Stankonia and Aquemini are all-time, Southernplayalistic is great, but I've given this like five or six listens and it's always left me cold apart from the title track. But it's been like fifteen years since the last time I heard it so maybe it's time to try again

Vinnie, Monday, 3 August 2020 01:45 (two months ago) link

this was always the one that clicked for me over aquemini (and the subsequent ones aren't even close)

ciderpress, Monday, 3 August 2020 02:20 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7hU0z4bV8I

did some quick remixes of a couple of my old favorites.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 19 September 2020 23:21 (one month ago) link

I love how my top 7 songs from this amazing album matches what I'd pick for their an Outkast "Best-of" playlist.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Saturday, 19 September 2020 23:54 (one month ago) link

This album was my singular signpost album as far as checking out music not-on-the-radio.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Saturday, 19 September 2020 23:56 (one month ago) link

Cruisin’

calstars, Saturday, 19 September 2020 23:57 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

couple more remixes we did.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mdEtaMXMmRY

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Saturday, 17 October 2020 15:10 (one week ago) link

this was always the one that clicked for me over aquemini (and the subsequent ones aren't even close)


^^same. you could excise this from the catalog and they’d still be all-timers, but for me ATLiens is one of the best LPs of the last 25 years

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Saturday, 17 October 2020 22:20 (one week ago) link


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