Tunes Du Jour Presents OutKast

If you’re looking for some music that will make you groove, think, and feel, look no further than OutKast, the legendary rap duo from Atlanta, Georgia. OutKast, composed of André 3000 and Big Boi, has been one of the most influential and successful hip hop acts of all time, blending Southern hip hop with funk, soul, rock, jazz, and more. Their songs are catchy, clever, and often talk about love, life, and social issues.

OutKast emerged in the early 1990s as part of the Dungeon Family, a collective of artists and producers who shaped the sound of Southern hip hop. Their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was released in 1994 and introduced their smooth flows, funky beats, and witty lyrics. The album featured the hit single “Player’s Ball”, which topped the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. OutKast quickly gained popularity and respect for their originality and creativity, as well as their ability to appeal to a wide range of listeners.

OutKast continued to evolve and experiment with their sound, releasing critically acclaimed albums such as ATLiens, Aquemini, and Stankonia. These albums showcased their diverse musical influences, from psychedelic rock to gospel, and their lyrical themes, from alienation to empowerment. OutKast also addressed social and political issues, such as racism, poverty, and war, in songs like “Rosa Parks”, “B.O.B.”, and “The Whole World”. OutKast’s music was not only entertaining, but also enlightening and inspiring.

OutKast reached the peak of their commercial success with their double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 11 million copies in the U.S. The album featured two solo discs, one by each member, showcasing their different styles and personalities. The album also spawned two No. 1 singles, “The Way You Move” and “Hey Ya!”, which became anthems for the new millennium. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, making OutKast the first and only rap group to receive this honor.

OutKast’s last album, Idlewild, was released in 2006 and served as the soundtrack for their musical film of the same name. The album and the film were both set in the 1930s and explored themes of art, romance, and identity. OutKast then went on a hiatus, with both members pursuing solo projects and collaborations. OutKast briefly reunited in 2014 to celebrate their 20th anniversary and performed at several festivals around the world.

OutKast’s legacy and influence are undeniable. They have sold over 20 million records worldwide, won six Grammy Awards, and been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. They have inspired countless artists across genres and have been praised by critics and fans alike. OutKast’s music is timeless and universal. Whether you’re feeling nostalgic, romantic, or rebellious, OutKast has a song for you. Some of my favorites are “Ms. Jackson,” “Roses,” “Hey Ya!”, “Rosa Parks,” and “The Whole World.” I also love a lot of their features, which I’ve included in the playlist below.

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My Favorite Songs Of 2023

Five years after then president of The Recording Academy proclaimed that women need to step up, the ladies have responded with “How’s this, jerkface?” Women dominate this year’s Grammy nominations. More importantly, all but two of the top 20 songs on my year-end list are led by female artists (with one guy showing up to provide guest vocals). That’s a record, I think, but don’t quote me on that. I’m too lazy to check. I don’t have a deep analysis for this phenomenon, but I do have a deep appreciation for the talent and diversity of these women (not that women have ever been underrepresented in my annual tallies). The highest placing male acts on my 2023 list are none other than The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. Yes, you read that right. The legends are back, and they still can show the young-uns how it’s done. With their song “Angry,” The Rolling Stones have achieved a remarkable feat: the longest span from first appearance to most recent appearance in my year-end surveys. In 1981, my first year of making such lists, the group placed with “Start Me Up.” The 80s are also well represented by Kylie Minogue and Madonna, each of whom made a triumphant return to my list after long absences. Welcome back, ladies! And last but not least, let’s give a round of applause to Megan Thee Stallion, who has been in my top five for five years in a row. That’s a record, I think, but don’t quote me on that. I’m too lazy to check. Now, without further ado, here is my list of the best songs of 2023. Enjoy!

  1. Ice Cream Man. – RAYE
  2. vampire – Olivia Rodrigo
  3. Kill Bill – SZA
  4. Bongos – Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion
  5. Not Strong Enough – boygenius
  6. Flowers – Miley Cyrus
  7. Escapism. – RAYE & 070 Shake
  8. Paint the Town Red – Doja Cat
  9. Lipstick Lover – Janelle Monáe
  10. Nobody Gets Me – SZA
  11. Dance the Night – Dua Lipa
  12. Shirt – SZA
  13. AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar
  14. What Was I Made For? – Billie Eilish
  15. Padam Padam – Kylie Minogue
  16. Cobra – Megan Thee Stallion
  17. Brenda Put Your Bra On – Ashley McBryde, Caylee Hammack & Pillbox Patti
  18. Angry – The Rolling Stones
  19. Now and Then – The Beatles
  20. Cool About It – boygenius
  21. RATATA – Skrillex, Missy Elliott & Mr. Oizo
  22. Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd – Lana Del Rey
  23. Calm Down – Rema with Selena Gomez
  24. Gorilla – Little Simz
  25. Seven – Jung Kook feat. Latto
  26. My Love Mine All Mine – Mitski
  27. bad idea right? – Olivia Rodrigo
  28. Jaded – Miley Cyrus
  29. Tropic Morning News – The National
  30. Someday At Christmas – Lizzo
  31. Used To Be Young – Miley Cyrus
  32. Pretty Girls Walk – Big Boss Vette
  33. River – Miley Cyrus
  34. Light On In The Kitchen – Ashley McBryde
  35. Out Alpha the Alpha – Megan Thee Stallion
  36. Bubblegum – Dawn Richard
  37. Rush – Troye Sivan
  38. It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody – Weyes Blood
  39. Weightless – Arlo Parks
  40. Psychos – Jenny Lewis
  41. The Sea – Romy
  42. Lil Boo Thang – Paul Russell
  43. Popular – The Weeknd & Madonna feat. Playboi Carti
  44. The Narcissist – Blur
  45. (It Goes Like) Nanana – Peggy Gou
  46. Tukoh Taka – Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares
  47. Freak Me Now – Jessie Ware
  48. Standing Next To You – Jung Kook
  49. Eyez – The Arcs
  50. What Now – Brittany Howard
  51. Thinking About You – Beck
  52. Wall of Eyes – The Smile
  53. Good Lookin’ – Dixon Dallas
  54. Girl Like Me – Dove Cameron
  55. Wild Flower – RM with youjeen
  56. Helmet – Steve Lacy
  57. Everybody’s Got to Learn – First Aid Kit
  58. Flip a Switch. – RAYE feat. Coi Leray
  59. Nothing Left To Lose – Everything But The Girl
  60. Say Yes To Heaven – Lana Del Rey
  61. Moonlight – Kali Uchis
  62. Bending Hectic – The Smile
  63. In My Head – The Lemon Twigs
  64. Snooze – SZA
  65. Attention – Doja Cat
  66. get him back! – Olivia Rodrigo
  67. Will Anybody Ever Love Me? – Sufjan Stevens
  68. Tux (Your Body Fills Me, Boo) – US Girls
  69. Lottery – Latto feat. LU KALA
  70. Bug Like an Angel – Mitski
  71. The Hands – serpentwithfeet
  72. A day in the water – Christine & the Queens
  73. Drummer Boy – Titus Andronicus
  74. Little Things – Jorja Smith
  75. Daydreaming – Harry Styles
  76. True Love – Christine & the Queens & 070 Shake
  77. Evicted – Wilco
  78. Got Me Started – Troye Sivan
  79. Eye For An Eye – Rina Sawayama
  80. Water Slide – Janelle Monáe
  81. Single Soon – Selena Gomez
  82. Odyssey – Beck & Phoenix
  83. I Don’t Know What You See In Me – Belle & Sebastian
  84. Seem an I – PJ Harvey
  85. Begin Again – Jessie Ware
  86. One of Your Girls – Troye Sivan

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