Outkast's third album "Aquemini" duly received "The Source's" much revered five mics, which they should already have got for "ATLiens" - but anyway. The reason for labelling this masterpiece the icing of the cake might be the fact that Dre and Big Boi stretch hip hop's boundaries even further than ever before on this one. They do this a) on the lyrical side of things, by coming up with songs consisting entirely of sung lyrics ("Liberation"), and b) by building up a musical landscape consisting of... well, almost everything. From the spaced-out, George Clinton-backed "Synthesizer" to the electric guitar/piano-driven "Chonkyfire", there's something in it for every one of you folks. This is music deserving the term "uplifting". And if originality is a criterion for calling an album a classic, you better make sure to add this to your record collection - whether you're NWA or Herbie Hancock, DMX or Earth Wind & Fire, whatever.