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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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 11-6-22

Today’s playlist celebrates the November 6 birthdays of Eagles’ Glenn Frey, Living Colour’s Corey Glover, Guy Clark, The Sir Douglas Quintet’s Doug Sahm, The Jive Five’s Eugene Pitt, Conchita Wurst, Juanita Hall, and Robert Ellis; and the November 7 birthdays of Lorde, Sloan’s Chris Murphy, The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon, Shamir, Johnny Rivers, Toro y Moi, Dee Clark, Texas’s Sharleen Spiteri, Courtney Marie Andrews, Jellybean, and David Guetta.

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The Grammys Are Coming And I Need To Dance!

Friday is dance day at Tunes du Jour. Today’s playlist includes the five recordings nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Dance Recording. Those nominated recordings are:

“We’re All We Need” – Above & Beyond Featuring Zoë Johnston
“Go” – The Chemical Brothers Featuring Q-Tip
“Never Catch Me” – Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I)” – Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now” – Skrillex And Diplo With Justin Bieber

The Best Dance Recording category was introduced in 1998. It hasn’t been the most accurate barometer of innovations in dance music. The nominating committee has a thing for Gloria Estefan, who was well past her prime in 1998, as she was in 1999, when she was nominated, and 2000, when she was nominated, and 2002, when she was nominated.

In 2001, the Grammy for Best Dance Recording was awarded to “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by the Baha Men. I admit that I love that song, but Best Dance Recording? What the fur? Other tracks nominated that year were performed by Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias and Eiffel 65, which suggests that 2000 was a very bad year for dance music. It was not. The fifth nominee, Moby’s “Natural Blues,” is the kind of record that should win. It sets itself apart from the other recordings in this field. Of course, one could say “Who Let the Dogs Out?” is unlike the other dance recordings of 2000, mostly because it is not a dance recording.

There are no embarrassing nominees this year in this category. Tune in Monday evening to see who wins. Actually, this may not be one of the four or so awards presented in the telecast, so you may have to find out who won online.

For now, enjoy this playlist consisting of this year’s nominees plus fifteen of the better recordings nominated in this category in past years.

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A Soulful Christmas Playlist

TRIVIA QUESTION: Who was the first woman to hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself?

ANSWER: Carla Thomas. She was 16 years old when she wrote “Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes),” which hit #10 in 1961. Today she turns 72.

In 1963, Thomas incorporated the title of her first hit into a seasonal offering, “Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas.”

“Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas” inspires today’s playlist – fifty great soul and r&b Christmas jams, with some fun extra treats thrown in.

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Clowns Angry At Media (+ It’s Friday And I Need To Dance!)

The new season of American Horror Story features a character named Twisty the Clown. Twisty the Clown is a psychopath who murders people with scissors and imprisons children in a school bus. The character is getting professional clowns’ knickers in a twisty.

Glenn Kohlberger, president of Clowns of America International, is quoted in The Hollywood Reporter as saying “Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare.”

His sentiments are echoed by the United States’ second largest clown trade group, the Society of Clowns for the Advancement of Realistic Expression (SCARE). “Business was going great for me until the autumn of 2001,” said that organization’s president, Slappy bin Laden. “You have to ask yourself ‘Why would business suddenly drop off?’ The answer must be the media’s portrayal of clowns.” Bin Laden points to The Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown as an example. “[Krusty the Clown] is a buffoon masquerading as a clown. He’s not a real clown.”

“Things have not improved since then,” bin Laden continues. “We got a Batman movie in which a clown called The Joker is a sociopath. We got a sitcom called Modern Family in which a clown is actually a homosexual. These portrayals give clowns a bad name.”

“Hollywood is not going to change unless it is pressured to do so.” That is why bin Laden pitched a new sitcom that portrays clowns in a positive, and per bin Laden, more truthful light. Everybody Loves Slappy will premiere on the FX network in January 2015. In the show, bin Laden plays Slappy Hussein, a sportswriter living with his family in Lynbrook, NY. “The show is good clean entertainment. It’s about a clown who works hard and loves his family, though he’s an alcoholic who beats his wife, because all clowns do that.”


Friday is dance day at Tunes du Jour. You can vogue, hustle or do the twisty. Put on your dancing shoes (or big clown shoes) and hit the floor!

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