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Hey Ya!: The Unauthorized Biography of "Outkast" Paperback – 10 Jan 2004
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From their earliest days after meeting in high school, Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi) set out to make music on their own terms, seeking to be evolutionary and revolutionary. Whereas most hip hop acts were sticking to tired formulas and unoriginal beats and techniques, this duo (which quickly adopted the appropriately title name, OutKast) kept pushing the envelope and trying create something new. This biography deconstructs the group by showing some of their earliest musical influences like, understandably, Run-DMC and George Clinton and the more unlikely Kate Bush (a personal favorite of Big Boi's). It reveals how the two principles disparate styles didn't disrupt the music, but rather enhanced. It gives a nod a to OutKast's earlier supports like Atlanta's Dungeon Family studios and the Organized Noise studios. Most importantly, the author, Chris Nickson, spends most of his effort analyzing how OutKast evolved musically (and stylistically) with each progressive album. Instead of resting on what worked before, OutKast kept taking risks and it made a difference in how they were viewed and in their legacy.
While "Hey Ya!..." may not be a packed with amazing revelations, it still gives fans a good opportunity to get inside this seminal hip hop act. The information is strong and gives fans a stronger connection with this OutKast.
I once dubbed them as the Steely Dan of Hip-Hop b/c of the rock group back in the '70s (alongside Donald Fagen and Walter Becker). They a varied mix of jazz, R&B, funk, gospel, blues, funk, Latin, electronic, etc. They can do it all kinds. Believe I'm a real fan of music of all kinds myself. This will get you in the groove if u grab this if u're a fan to rap, R&B/old school, jazz, and/or other types of music.
If u're a fan to Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Charlie Parker, Steely Dan, John Mayer, The Roots, Tribe Called Quest, The Neptunes, Jay-Z, Goodie Mob, Kanye West, Nelly, Alicia Keys, Patti Labelle, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Twista, Cee-Lo, R. Kelly, among others, u must-have this book if u're truly a fan to this group.
They both took home Grammys for Best Rap Album and Record of the Year from their multi-platinum best-selling double CD SPEAKERBOXXX/THE LOVE BELOW, which means they taking on a new level in the world of music (black and white).
I'll love to checkout their latest movie which I been awaiting on "A Life an Idlewild" premiering on HBO ASAP. They probably had that change. Maybe not, we'll have to see about it. Well big up to my group Outkast for doing such a good job.
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