The Love Below (4LP)

by Outkast
$95.00

'At a time when experimentation is taboo in most overground rap, that’s all Outkast seem intent on executing. Andre 3000’s Love Below disc rates as the more eclectic of the two, given that he’s turned in his emcee credentials to become a full-on funk-soul-jazz vocalist who mostly sings about items of love ("Happy Valentine's Day"), carnal lust ("Spread"), and female adoration ("Prototype"). Minus the big band schmaltz of "Love Hater" and cheesy cover jobs ("My Favorite Things"), Andre’s disc is sick (meaning great). As is to be expected, the Big Boi disc is less arty, more gangsta and worldly, and features the less-progressive guest raps of ATL crunk purveyors Lil’ Jon and The Eastside Boyz ("Last Call") and Jay-Z who rhymes the hook on "Flip Flop Rock". Unlike Big Boi, Andre keeps his collabos to a minimum, once crooning alongside Norah Jones on the cool yet sappy "Take Off Your Cool", and once with Kelis. Boi fulfills his Dungeon Family duty with flying colors by flipping some dirty southern up-tempo raps over electro beats on "GhettoMusick". By the time Cee-Lo sermonizes on "Reset", Speakerboxx and Love Below rate mostly as majestic and inspiring, with the remaining 23 per cent being just plain incredible.

TRACKLISTING

LP1
SIDE A
Intro
GhettoMusick
Unhappy
Bowtie - OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown & Jazze Pha
The Way You Move - OutKast feat. Sleepy Brown

SIDE B
The Rooster
Bust - Outkast feat. Killer Mike
War
Church

LP2
SIDE C
Bamboo
Tomb of the Boom - OutKast feat. Konkrete, Big Gipp & Ludacris
E-Mac
Knowing
Flip Flop Rock - OutKast feat. Killer Mike & Jay-Z

SIDE D
Interlude
Reset - OutKast feat. Khujo Goodie & Cee-Lo
D-Boi
Last Call - OutKast feat. Slimm Calhoun, Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boyz & Mello
Bowtie

LP3
SIDE E
The Love Below
Love Hater
God
Happy Valentine's Day
Spread
Where Are My Panties

SIDE F
Prototype
She Lives in My Lap - OutKast feat. Rosario Dawson
Hey Ya!
Roses

LP4
SIDE F
Good Day, Good Sir
Behold a Lady
Pink & Blue - OutKast / Aaliyah
Love In War
She's Alive

SIDE G
Dracula's Wedding - OutKast feat. Kelis
My Favorite Things
Take Off Your Cool - OutKast feat. Norah Jones
Vibrate
A Life In The of Benjamin Andre (Incomplete)