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Aquemini
Outkast
Aquemini
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
 
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It takes a few listens to sink in, but on Aquemini, Outkast have pulled off a rare feat in hip-hop: they've made a good record that's a masterpiece of subtlety. What's more, it's their third record, and they've yet to fall...  more »

      
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All Artists: Outkast
Title: Aquemini
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: La Face
Original Release Date: 9/29/1998
Release Date: 9/29/1998
Album Type: Explicit Lyrics
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Styles: Gangsta & Hardcore, Southern Rap, Experimental Rap, Pop Rap
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 730082605328

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It takes a few listens to sink in, but on Aquemini, Outkast have pulled off a rare feat in hip-hop: they've made a good record that's a masterpiece of subtlety. What's more, it's their third record, and they've yet to fall into a rut--and that alone puts them in line for an award. The Organized Noize production crew is sublime, working with live musicians and crafting hook-filled soundscapes that complement Big Boi and Andre Benjamin's melodic patter. (See "Rosa Parks," "Chonkyfire," and the epic "Liberation," which features Erykah Badu, Cee Lo, and Big Rube--and clocks in at just under nine minutes.) Classy and intelligent, Outkast haven't sacrificed anything in their quest to make challenging, innovative hip-hop that forgoes idle boasting for the duo's message. A sample, from the title track: "Now, question: Is every nigga wit dreads for the cause? / Is every nigga wit golds for the fall? Naw / So don't get caught in appearance." --Randy Silver

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It's rare releases like this which truly elevate the genre
IRate | 04/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Aquemini is still the rap album that managed to salvage the art form of hip-hop inside my soul. Until then, and pretty much continuously afterwards, most rap releases have been universally devoid of that diverse creative mark that is streaked all over this classic disc. Yes, there are plenty of gangster anthems and typical references to the social norms we hear in most rap, but with Outkast's third release ghetto life has never been presented as intelligently- musically or otherwise."