Put That On Your Playlist: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Album: Big Boi and Dre Present…OutKast
Honourable mention: Da Art of Storytellin’ (Pt. 1) (Aquemini), Hey Ya! (The Love Below)
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God bless this wonderful greatest hits album that OutKast dropped, otherwise we wouldn’t get to have the title song from the group’s debut album on this playlist and we wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves.
They played this on the radio, they really did, and it will never stop being amazing. They didn’t play it right away, no because Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was not the first single of the group’s career and of the album of this same name. They played this song after the group first dropped Player’s Ball (which *spoilers* somehow doesn’t make this playlist, because the OutKast catalogue is freaking impossible) and made sure to keep the good times rolling all the way to №20 on the Billboard 200 charts. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik has a perfect chorus that gets stuck in your head every time you play the song, that call-and-response that goes “it’s that Southernplayalisticadillac funky music. Now, players if you choose it” and which you undeniably always will respond to by belting out “You better make sure you don’t abuse it. We gonna get ya high, high.”
The song somehow packs six different verses from two emcees brimming with swag and confidence and establishes the OutKast formula at the time — if there’s even one — from the jump: loads of bass, fun, Cadillacs, playas and pimps. For our money, the first verse of the song remains the very best one (though a punchline with Braille from Andre in the last verse makes this close). Big Boi starts off saying that, “Well, it’s the M-I-crooked letter coming around the South rolling straight Hammers and Vogues in that old Southern slouch” and from there you’re just along for the ride. Funky music, indeed, that they played on the radio.
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