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OutKast
Idlewild

OutKast.jpgIt doesn’t matter if Idlewild is the best OutKast album, or even a good OutKast album, because it exists primarily to prove the point that Big Boi and Andre 3000 still make records together. A shame for a group that not six years ago was in its creative prime; they have since decayed to where just showing up is cause for celebration.

After months of delays, there’s certainly reason to rejoice about the arrival of the group’s sixth album, Idlewild, a pseudo-soundtrack to the 1930s-themed Bryan Barber–directed vehicle of the same name. As with 2003’s Grammy-winning double disc Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Big and Dre mostly stick to solo tracks, staying out of each other’s way. This time, though, the style schism is even more blatant. Andre’s songs verge on the edge of vaudeville, echoing the film’s tone, while Big wants to do anything but.

If you’ve been waiting to hear Andre warbling off-key over some harmonica runs, then this is the OutKast album for you. His best singing comes on “On the Way to Heaven,” where he nails a convincing swing that displays just how intertwined he became with his on-screen character, a mortician, crooning, “We gonna make ’em look divine/On the way to heaven.” Both the guitar blues of “Don’t Chu Worry ’Bout Me” and the hard jive of “PJ & Rooster” sound like they could have been pulled from scratchy 78 RPM records. Yet with Andre’s quavering vocals, they never quite transcend.

Maybe it no longer matters, but the Atlanta duo works better as a unit. The most notable song here is a Big Boi track produced by Andre, “Morris Brown,” where marching band rhythms are reduced to minimalist funk as Big trades four-bar runs with Sleepy Brown (“Two dope boys in a Cadillac still,” Big Boi insists). When Dre and Big finally rap side by side on “Mighty ‘O’,” a strutting Organized Noize production, they sound genuinely simpatico. They both rap the bizarre length of 28 bars, and Andre’s fangs are sharp (“Eat up whatever rapper, but I’m tangled in my cord/Bored/Kinda like a knife with the sword/Without dragons to battle, so I’m running from a shadow”).

Considering how much Andre’s frowned on hip-hop lately, these are ironic words. First, his rapping easily outshines his singing. Second, as if in rebuke, Big Boi peacocks all over Idlewild, a sharp MC at his most mature and vivid. “Peaches,” an intimate tale of a marriage collapsing, is one of his strongest (“She was fierce on the stove, it was always great/Covered plates in the microwave when I came home late/But now, we just debate like some candidates”). On “The Train” he works a plainspoken Native Tongues–style flow, but saves the meandering “Buggface” with a scowling threat, warning, “Like the O-U-T-K-S, clearly, nigga, you know the rest/And if you acting like you don’t, then clearly, nigga, you trying to test/Crystal clearly I confess, and I suggest you clear the runway/ ’Cause the ticket is a one-way, clearly back we won’t be coming.”

Idlewild the movie may well prove to be OutKast’s Purple Rain, but the album is more likely to be their Graffiti Bridge—intermittently brilliant and spotty, and signaling the beginning of the end. That’s not to say that OutKast as-is is worse than OutKast as-was; it’s just that Idlewild hardly inspires the comparison.—JON CARAMANICA

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Furst.

  • I Fux

    2nd hoes i will be copping it i dont give a shit

  • New York Nigga

    this shit iz wsck as hell street niggaz dont like these punks

  • CAP

    NO ONE GIVE A FUCK WHAT U THANK, THESE NIGGAS SOLD OVER 20 MILLION UNITS USING CREATIVITY NOT CRACK, GET THA FUCK ON WIT THAT U AIN’T STREET ENOUGH 4 ME IGNORANT SHIT

  • Trueog

    These guys are finished. Too much ego, and the record label aint’t puttin out their solo shit like Laface promised them back in ’99. Since then shit’s changed, Laface went from Arista to Jive to Sony to a merger of Columbia Sony Rosters, so these guys ain’t ever gonna be put out solo. Seems like they puttin these bullshit albums together now to finish they deal, and keep the solo efforts alive in teh mean time.

  • LOS

    FUCK WHAT YALL SAYIN
    Them niggas the GOAT, and even though they not progressing like they should, they still produce more quality music than anyone else out. I’m still gone get it. It’s all Andre’s fault though.

  • http://www.deepcottononline.com Father Nathaniel

    Whateva you say Dad. Back Back and let real artists be real artists. You just want somethin to talk about. This album is jammin just like all the rest of their albums were jammin and you’re (more than likely) the biggest closet jammer of them all.

    On a different hue, Idlewild Blue is particularly jammin and the video is even better. Strong Katrina influence.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXfwnyPucEA

  • General Sani Abacha

    I knew this would be shit after hearing that abortion of a first single

  • Outkast Hater

    Outkast fucking sucks now, Ander 3000 is on some homo shit.

  • General Sani Abacha

    Which one of you XXL faggots deleted my comment. Anyway, I knew this album was gonna suck when I heard that abortion of a first single.

  • rick rustling

    i dont like da souf music but i like dem cats

  • C-WALK

    hey outkast the shit. i listen to dem fools over that gay unit bullshit ne day and u give ashit if dey aint street they sold 20 million units there the best rap duo in history

  • RatedR

    Damn Right, Greatest Of All Time… That includes RunDMC.

  • allnice

    haven’t heard the whole album yet, so I’ll save my venom until then……

  • Shaft

    Two dope boys in a cadillac STILL!

    IM COPPING THIS ALBUM…dont care WHAT the streets say

  • wahala

    clearly outkast is one of the best hip-hop groups of our time. Andre 3000 needs to start rapping again cause the game is missing him for real!

  • jus

    love outkast, but im not sure bout this one….i hope its as dope as all there other work.

  • klink2

    I didn’t mind Dre’ singing on the Love Below because it was on some other shit, but now that other shit is the same shit as before. The game needs Dre’ and he’s turning his back on the thing that made him.

  • cutta

    trueog, dont be stupid, its a soundtrack to a movie. its not simply them trying to get around supposedly not being able to release solo albums which im sure they would be able to if they wanted.

    bla bla bla typical review, dre’s a better rapper than singer. i dont like his singing tone bla bla bla.

    based on the few songs weve heard i think it’ll be the worst album but that can still be very good considering its outkast. 80 minutes long too, i think it’ll be worth the money

  • H-man

    Go out and cop Idlewild…Guaranteed to please…Outkast has always kept it real and I get sick and tired of hearing that they R done or have fallen off…Do your thang Kast…

  • god

    xxl is mad outkast didn’t give payola for a higher rating.

    outkast wins.

  • Larry Akambe is a hater.

    Can we even call this hip-hop anymore, or is it just pop? I saw Andre 3000 one time all dressed up like a fashionista or something–he still smelled like B.O., though.

  • http://www.myspace.com/afterthesmoke Whuzi

    They dont participate in Payola, so of course they get bad ratings. Remember that The Love Below got low ratings at some magazines too…and now look where it took Dre. People who say the streets aren’t feeling them are simple-minded and aren’t actually in touch with the street. They as real as you gonna get. The niggas you consider “STREET” end up getting arrested and get caught on tape crying like a bitch…so swallow ur hate and keep it to yourselves.
    Outkast=G.O.A.T

  • Afrika

    I don’t think some folks really listen to what your boy 3000 has been saying, his entire career:

    “Eat up whatever rapper, but I’m tangled in my cord/ bored/ Kinda like the knife with the sword/ Without dragons to battle, so I’m running from my shadow!”

    Now I would like for you all to digest those words and apply them to the current state of the industry.

    This brother has written an abundance of hip-hop quotable, and so has Big Boi…how dare y’all claim that they’re falling-off! Ignore the beats; ignore the videos – Pay attention to what they are saying…

    With the exception of ATCQ; they’re possibly the greatest group of all time!

    P.S. The “Morris Brown” song is wack though! I didn’t even understand what Big Boi was trying to get across!

  • GQ

    larry & afrika. DOUBLE DIAMOND. thats all i gotta say

  • atlantaGa

    20 million albums sold, these boi’s are icons and they only in they early
    30′s And i never heard 3OOO spit a lame lyric, but jay z has.

  • griffingchild

    this album is better than the rating it got. kast should never get a rating this low. ive herd five songs off this album and its hot. just because they dont come out like everyone else in the rap game yall act like they fell off they have sold over 20 million and they come with something different everytime not like the rest of these cats that say the same thing over and over every album.

    plus this is a soundtrack for the movie so of course the songs are gonna match the concept. no one shold judge an album off a magazine review anyway especailly not kast cuz they have a track record of not disappointing.

  • BrianRaiderEcorse313

    Hol up Hol up, I read the review and it was sad. Outkast gettin a L Come on maaaaaaaaaaan. I havent heard the album but gettin a L is what DMX juss did. And thats expectable from DMX but not the Kast, I grew up on these guys. Heres what they need to do, drop a studio album of str8 spittin over Rico Wade’s finest. As a glimpse of hope though DubCnn.com juss premier’d a new Kast joint off of the soundtrack. Jon Caramanica said Morris Brown is the most noteworthy track well he must not have heard this track! I guess they added it before he review’d it. Anyways this shit is called Hollywood Divorce. It feature’s Lil Wayne and Snoop. I jus heard it and I caint stop bangin it. Classic Kast!, I look up to these niggas I hope they still have some classics in them.

  • http://www.deepcottononline.com Father Nathaniel

    The whole review is invalid. Kast didn’t even let XXL hear the real album. JON CARAMANICA hasn’t actually heard Idlewild. Of the songs that he was permitted to listen to, only 9 songs actually are on the real 25 song album.

    So, the honest truth?

    XXL took an “L” on this one and reviewed too early. The real album has 25 tracks and “On the way to heaven” isn’t even on there.

    And God was right, Kast refused to pay Ola and we all know that XXL and Ola’s relationship has been going on for quite some time.

    Truth is, and we all should know this by now, XXL has a wealth of mediocre talent that they try to sell to the masses as solid artists. To put Outkast at the top, where they belong, would mean that all of the artists that they rate are at about 50-60%.

    For evidence of this please refer to “Hollywood Divorce”, a song that JON/XXL wasn’t allowed to listen to.

    Now XXL will have to wait until the full album drops on the 22nd and re-review the whole album with their foot in their mouth becuase they couldn’t be honest reviewers in the first place.

    And now, for the benediction…

  • rome

    Mighty O was tight, And I like Morris Brown but I don’t have very high expectations for Idle wild. I heard they were coming out with a real album later this year.

  • Eazee85

    He said “bored/ kinda like a KNIGHT with a sword/ without dragons to battle/” How da hell xxl giving wrong quotes…it dont even make sense the other way around.

  • true

    big boi is one of the most underappreciated rappers of all time

  • dipset bitch

    this album is garbage i sell the bootlegs for cheap anyway and could not move one unit of this shit

    IT’S DIPSET BITCH

  • college park reign

    bitches please.

    This Idlewild shit so sick it might not even be fully appreciated until yo kids start buying shit and when they do this will be shit they cop. No doubt. Outkast ahead off the map and off the hook.
    Southernplaylistic
    ATLiens
    Aquemini
    Stankonia
    Speakerboxxx/Love Below

    Idlewild will be the latest link in this here GOAT chain. Dirty South will not be defeated. Chonkyfire. No doubt.
    Still cooler than the polar bears toe nails, ya’ll might as well back da fuck them boyz.

  • http://xxlmag.com omegared nyc

    outcast will never make a record like that first one everthing else is weak compared to that.thats when they did real hiphop not this gayhop music the playing support the movement…n.a.g.r niggas against gay rappers…….

  • breakdown

    All music isn’t about crack, hos, money. I’m born in atl. I got all there cd. I like trap music all day long. These niggas is real hip hop. Trap music or not. Yall niggas better open your eyes.

  • http://groups.msn.com/GrooveClub/ Masta Blasta (Douala, Cameroon, Central Africa)

    Just a word for saying that OutKast is one of the most creative groups of American rap and R&B Music. André 3000 and Big Boi do not make in the facility and open new prospects with a kind which turns very quickly in round as soon as a style takes a lead in the commercial plan (jiggy, g-funk, crunk, slap, etc). It is odd which certain are upset with André 3000 to be, like Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Missy Elliott or Quan (the brilliant protégé of Nas), as extremely in rap as in R&B and to be useful itself of this versatility!

  • http://myspace.com/djalonzothamayor Tha Mayor 619

    Top 5 dead or alive (groups that is).

    1.Run-Dmc
    2.Public Enemy
    3.N.W.A.
    4.OutKast
    5.Wu-Tang

    Debateable, but never Hateable!!!!

  • Shortylightskin

    There’s gonna be some good shit on there, so Outkast fans are gonna buy the shit just because. Like dude said earlier it’s a soundtrack to a movie that took place in the 1930′s or whatever! Imma buy it. Tribes last album got mediocore reviews and i still liked it. When ur that good alot is expected. I gotta say though the dude that was claimin Dipset, please never ever compare to Kast.

  • http://therealesttmail.com The Realest

    I HATE NEW YORK NIGGAS HATING ON EVERYTHING ELSE. OUTKAST WIN NUMOROUS GRAMMY’S, TEST THE WATERS OF HIP HOP AND JUST DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT INSTEAD OF FOLLOWING THE NEXT MAN DO LIKE THESE NEW YORK MUTHER FUCKERS DO. IM GOING TO GO POSTAL; ON THESE NEW YORK MUTHER FUCKERS FOR HATING. QUIT THAT HATION IN YALL NATION THATS THE SAME SHIT PISSED THEM TALABAN MUTER FUCKERS OFF. YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE ME GO POSTAL. ILL SLAP SOME BITCHES FOR THE FUN OF IT

  • http://www.myspace.com/br1anke11y Brian

    As a long time OutKast fan, I’m disapointed by this review. I think they do much better as a duo and even better when Andre raps. He is one of the best rappers. I like the fact that they try new shit, but it’s time to go back to OutKast 1996!

  • O-Flex

    I’m agreeing with BRIAN on that shit right there.

  • B-Boy

    Forget all ya’ll haters Outkast is one the dopest groups to come from the ATL i’m definitely going out to cop that album

  • http://www.cut-a-motha.com Waleed Ehab McLean

    to the person that wrote this: Listen to Big Boi, lines 1-20 on Hollywood Divorce!

  • mykel archie

    ya’ll some clowns, lol…outkast gets on L but ya’ll gave every wack nigga is g-unit a XL….I guess those white boys over there at interscope pays you guys handsomely

  • Fucka Poppa Dock

    I’ve been fuckin w/ Outkast since I was a lil nigga and I still do. Yes I agree sometimes they push the envelope a lil too far and their songs can be a lil weird and obscure e.i. (Morris Brown) but these niggas are away from that shoot em up, cooking over the stove, got all the whips and the hottest bitches shit. They do different shit which makes them a great duo and theres a reason why they sold 20 millions records. I’m getting the album regardless. XXL gave Tony Yayo and XL…..enough said. U can’t trust these weak ass reviews!!!!

  • Hottsauce

    Alright niggaz, here’s the real shit on ‘Kast. Big boi is hood nigga in all of us and Dre….Dre is the epitome of eccentricity that we sometimes need to keep us from the bland taste of hip-hop nowadays. Don’t you get tired of the same I got the flyest ride, it’s going down, I’m the greatest hustler of all time bullshit. Truth be told, Outkast is one of the greatest groups of all time and like the Chef said on one of their records ” You gotta come provocative, nigga”.

  • malik zaki jamesha

    XXL is gonna have to place themselves in the “Negro Please” section for this review. Give every gimmicky “I sold crack” rapper at least an XL, but giving true artists like OutKast an L? Honestly, what is wrong with you people??

  • keepyahead up

    i still think this is gonna be one of the better albumbs of 06 no matter what they say…speaking of which…

    i was listening to the song and idunno about yall but i think they got the lyrics mixed up.
    i think it should be

    “bored/ Kinda like the KNIGHT WITH THE SWORD/ Without dragons to battle, so I’m running from my shadow!
    uh they put knife…dat dont even make sense with the rest of the lines lol

  • oUtKaSt fAn- I kEeP iT ReAl

    Ok, first off, OutKast has to be one of the most consistant groups of this era. Thru all tha Beef and turmoils, they still manage to hit record highs in thier sales. Come on now, Dre aint Gay, dat nigga a Gemini and BiG BoI still dat nigga jus a lil more grown now. Cut out tha haterism and acknowledge some real talent… minus tha crack, yaddada?

  • http://www.deepcottononline.com Father Nathaniel

    ummm… I don’t know what you Bourgeoisie negroes are on, but i’m listening to PJ & Rooster for 50th time in a row. This may just be over rap negros heads though… I’ll enjoy it, you guys let me know how you enjoy being a Lloyd Banks Fan. That’s gotta really be embarrassing. Grow up and get on this Kast before you just seem like a follower.

  • The Advocate

    I’ve been down with Outkast for a long time and they been putting some nice stable albums out. I’m dissapointed with this review though. An “L” is bullshit. They come out with fresh themes everytime they drop. This should be recognized as an “XL”. XXL reviewers are a dissapointment.

  • JLove48219

    Look niggaz is just praying on they downfall! Not really a whole lotta dudes doing it since ’93! you gotta respect that! Yeah i personally wish Dre would get on the mic a lil more rather than the melodies, when he does he’s better than 95% of the rap game easy!!!!!

  • dill-o

    well, i heard five tracks that promote this album and they are hot as hell so i’ll buy the album fo sho. and to all yall “fans” that say, it’s the biggining of the end. have yall heard that track on “Speakerboxxx” where Big Boi says that they are ok? there is no conflict. andre doesn’t want to give shows. that’s all.

  • exlee

    Outkast is the shit. Period. Outkast are simply evolving which is the nature of things. They are artists and true artists get bored doing the same shit. People just hate cause they follow their own path and don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks. We need more groups like Outkast. And mark my words they will always make records together even if they make solo albums as well.

  • aerostaab

    all i know is dey use to have dey music on lock it’s just fallin apart now dat’s a danm shame i bought my kid brotha dey posta to danm now i got to return i don’t know if i can find the danm receipt now o well andre is still fine and da music used to speak for it self now ain’t nutin makin no noise but tha ones who aint got nutin to say

  • D

    Outkast is off the chains with this right here this is gonna be huge

  • geah_son

    I’VE HEARD THIS ALBUM AND IT DESERVES XL BUT BECAUSE IT DOESN’T MATCH UP TO SPEAKER BOX/THE LOVE BELOW IT’S BEING BLACKBALLED. COME ON!! HOW MANY ARISTS EVER LIVE UP TO THEIR HIGHEST SELLING ALBUM??
    ONCE YOU MAKE A CLASSIC YOUR CURSED TO LIVE UP TO THAT EXPECTATION.
    THIS ALBUM IS BETTER THAN 95% OF THE RELEASES THIS YEAR.(I BET RICK ROSS GETS AN XL)

  • philemon

    They are by far the best duo of all time. The new shit aint the old shit no doubt, but it aint bad. Dre is bored and i dont blame him. No matter how sick his shit is, all anyone wants to listen to is homo g-unit mass packaged radio garbage. Hopefully now that their contract is over dre will wanna spit again one day. Ill still buy it based on respect if nothing else.

  • kofi carson

    you are clearly not involved in urban music to post a slanderous comment of one of the greatest music entities of our time

  • KastOut

    F* anybody who don’t like outkast! And who cares that they ain’t street. That’s what wrong with ni99az now a days anyways. street this street that. That’s what made 3000 stop rapping anyway. The game done changed to the point where real hip hop will be dead soon. Nothing but bs will flood the airways

  • http://www.xxlmag.com OG smoke

    negro please outkast are the best rap duo to ever come on the hiphop stage.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    this album is garbage pure ass,

    with the exception of “holly wood divorce”

    Awful/terrible songs

  • versatile

    i just listened to the album on myspace and u to tell me its only gets an L whoever does the reviews needs some q-tips cuz im coppin regardless

  • john emerson

    First off EVERY rapper out there sounds the same and uses the same ol jerk off producers and NO ONE sounds like Outkast. They rap about shit that is too deep for yall shallow ass peeps! Dont hate they are unique and everyone else is following the “boy band” thing. By that i mean every rapper sounds the same and raps about the same ol dumb shit! I mean cmon and be creative and stand out! No one stands out like them! A sore thumb bitches!

  • john emerson

    Also they are trailblazers! Rappers wisht they could sell albums like them. They are legends. People try to get to the level they are on and they all fail with a extremely small exception..ie: jay-z, biggie, pac, scarface etc…Shows ignorance and how stupid people are not feelin this shit

  • Donnie

    WTF? I have listened to this album over and over again with my new $1,000 sound system in the new Mazda 6 2006. This shit is fucking terrible! I mean, it is fucking embarrassing. Seriously, Outkast have fallen the fuck off! I mean, there are about 4 good cuts on here but the rest is just plain fucking weird and off key. Damn, how I miss the days of Atliens!

  • Syndicate

    I downloaded this shit to sample the album and its the worst album ive heard in a long time.

    A lot of people hate on Kanye but his tracks are 100% better than Outkasts at the moment. True he has some weak tracks but most are strong, Outkast seem to be messing up their own legacy. They should quit now or take a long break because this album is weak.

    Its full of bullshit lyrics and weak beats. I dont make music myself anymore but i could do better than this with fruity loops! If pac heard this shit he’d roll in his grave!

    Stay away from this album!

  • Syndicate

    Let me add something..

    Its a tragedy that people like Ice-T cant sell/make records anymore and Outkast can get away with releasing albums like this shit right here.

    Who wants to hear 1930′s inspired music in 2006 anyway? Outkast smoking crack?

    Outkast died when they agreed to release this album. :(

  • PreFaderAux

    I predict “PJ & ROOSTER” as a SMASH HIT!

  • Syndicate

    Man I really used to love Outkast..

    I just deleted the album how sad is that?

  • Syndicate

    Prefaderaux.. You got to be kiddin!

    As Ice-T once said “this goes out to all those people in the industry making weak ass dance music because you couldn’t stay down with the hardcore, ive got a question for you. How does it feel to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and realise that your a fucking ho”

    I know Outkast are trying to be “creative” and “different” I get it!

    BUT.. how can you produce something as disjointed and amateurish as this and expect your fans to accept it?

    Makes no sense at all really sums up the whole concept of this album.

    So a very good, truthful review by xxlmag I just wish more people would speak the truth about this album.

  • http://www.myspace.com/favian favian

    street or ‘thug’ rap is the “yin” to hip hop’s “yang”. The yang being original talents like Outkast.. “Street Rap” is what’s ruining hip hop’s integrity as an artform. gtfoh with that nonsense bout they are not street..

    Do you go through a checklist to make sure that the rapper you listening to were bred in the projects and were shot at least x number of times?

    How much can you listen to songs about shooting niggaz and jewelery and rims until you fucking puke? Stop spreading poison amongst your brothers.

    Cam’ron and his ilk of moronic nontalents are the reason why hip hop is not taken seriously as an artform anymore. Thank god for Outkast, but too bad that the album isnt consistent with the prohibition era theme. Why are there still skits and interludes on rap albums? Aren’t we past that? Please limit the number of guests you have on your album. Snoop Dogg in a prohibition era Album? Whatever happened to albums being the finger print of the artist and nobody else’s? Outkast, please fire your Yes-Men.

  • EL

    Downloaded torrent to sample. Not worth buying. Aquemini is still the illest ever. One word,…B-R-I-C-K.

    I will admit though, the state of hip hop culture will make you lose your passion. It’s like running a race with no competitors. No sense in pushin yourself. In this case, ‘Kast is joggin’ instead of sprinting. Hell, why even run at all?! Too much at stake to put out a lackluster album. Yet another reminder of how nothing lasts forever. Man, I’m getting sad thinking about this shit. Even though it’s not worth buying, I will buy just cause it’s ‘Kast. What a cold, drab, overcast day for hip hop.

  • MALICE WIT THE BIG FALICE

    U FUCKING HO ASS BASTARDS…THE GAME RUN HIP HOP IN THE 06…DEVILS ADVOCATE.G-G-G-GUNOT!!! U BITCH AZZ NIGGASZ

  • Syndicate

    Outkast need to change their direction along with at least 90% of todays rap/hip hop artists. I agree their not thugs or mobsters and thats refreshing!

    I applaud Outkast from doing something thats different however they are so far away from what made them great. That im really not sure they can get back to making “real” records.

    Some of the songs just seem like one big joke and I ain’t laughing.

    Why not rap about day to day life? And real life situations? Is it because theirs too much money in the game and it goes to peoples heads now?

    I agree with the point above too artists seem to lack direction. My whole feeling of this album was ‘WTF’ and having looked around for alternative reviews I have found that is the common opinion.

    Im not a hater so dont get me wrong as ive said I loved Outkast. ‘Loved’ but I dont ‘love’ this Outkast as a matter of a fact I think their wack. I dont know if its Andre 3000′s over the top singing and eccentricity or just the fact that all of the beats sounded home made.

    Whatever happened to making good records? With good beats and songs you could rhyme to?

    Whatever happened to hip hop?

  • H-man

    Get your asses off the computer and go watch Idlewild…Coming soon 2 a theatre near U!!!!

  • OUTKAST FUCKIN RULE

    fuck all you sayin outkast suck dick. outkast are the best band in hip hop since the fuckin sugarhill gang.

  • Manny

    Good album should deserve at least an XL

  • Manny

    This CD is something diffrent then the original hip hop you hear you gotta luv outkast for this and they have tracks togetha f*** all the people who arent feelin this album

  • Syndicate

    fuck you too we have our own fucking opinion. Well.. excuuuuuuuuuuuse me!

    You think its dope I think its wack but thats cool.

    Its not just Outkast its most rap music at the moment its just so dull and uninspiring. Bland y’ know.

  • Yun

    Outkast has never been “dull” or “bland”, in fact they’ve always been just the opposite, best believe I’ll be buying this cd

  • Syndicate

    ^^^ Usually I would agree with that. BUT this album is different to other Outkast albums. See I liked the other shit they put out but this is a joke of an album.

    No catchy tracks or lyrics or beats for that matter its just just happy go lucky smiley face bullshit.

    Its not a “real” album to me. It’s more of a novelty soundtrack. It wont be finding its way onto my rides playlist thats for damn sure.

    If your going for the happy go lucky smiley face bullshit at least make the tracks funky and sound as though they weren’t produced at home. How this album achieved a ‘L’ I will never know!

    No wonder I dont buy albums anymore DAMN.

  • d man

    everyone entitled to their opinion, but i actually quite like this album. its obviously not going to be like previous albums as its from the musical set in the 1930′s hence the different style! majority of songs i like, some are a bit weak granted!
    Not their best, but still listenable

  • comBO

    Yet again XXL shows how politics influence the magazine. How could they not like this album and say ignorant things such as “this is the beginning of the end.” This review seems to have some personal vendetta with the group. This is an amazing soundtrack put together by Outkast, don’t dare sleep on this becuz of this horrible review by JON CARAMANICA. Hollywood Divorce is the track for the streets. Get this hot Outkast album, definetly took it to the next level. Real heads know whats up.

  • SHANNIE P

    First And Foremost.. For Those Of You That Got The Nerve To Be Talking About How Whack Outkast Is.NONE OF YOU HAVE THEIR MONEY.SO FOR THEM BEING SO WHACK THEY GOT ALOT OF MONEY.Outkast Have Been Out Since Like 94..And Still Remained Hanging Tough In This Game..Half Of Yous Like Commercial Rappers Anyway.HEY Why Do You Think Andre Doesnt Even Want To Be Apart Of This Anymore..Rap Has Changed Over The Years..Honestly I Think It Sucks..AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THINK THE CD SUCKS..I Got The Whole Cd And Its Fuckin Hot..YA’LL Young Cats That Arent Even Up On Outkast Need To Shut The Fuck Up.You Dont Know What You Talking About..Andre and Big Boi Are The Greatest Group Ever..AND WATCH THEY WILL BE MAKING SOME MONEY OFF OF THIS CD AND MOVIE..Got Some Nerves Commenting This Article And Only Listened To Like One Outkast Song..And The People That Really Down With Outkast Keep Doing What The Do’ers Do..I LOVE OUTKAST AND IN MY BOOK THEY ARE THE FUCKIN TRUTH.NUFF SAID..AND BY The Way I Am A Girl!

  • Kismet

    Outkast does have creativity, but this movie itself sucks. Not because of OUtkast, but because of their lame movie making skills. How are you going to go from music to movie producing from out of NOwhere? They said “hey, let’s make a movie~!”. I think that this CD might have one good song on it, otherwise, it’s a flop. Don’t buy it, don’t see the movie, Outkast is dead.

  • Junior

    Will all you ignorant ass niggas shut the fuck up!!!!

    Let me tell you something first of all Outcast has transcended hip-hop music. After years of being in rap scene over the last few years they have gotten thier props. So whatever region you represent show some respect. About the new Album yeah it is different from speakerboxx/ the love below. I can’t compare the 2 because both styles were unique. The new album has a little bit of everything and about 22 tracks if your a true fan you will like what you hear, and if your a hater then you need to read the aforementioned introduction

    Bitches.

    JR

  • Only Speak My Mind

    This is what i think

    1.Intro – skip
    2.Mighty O – HOT
    3.Peaches – Cool
    4.Idlewild Blue – Differnt
    5.Infatuation (Interlude) – funny
    6.N2U – Player Shit
    7.Morris Brown – HBCU Will Play It
    8.Chronomentrophobia – 2nd Verse Cool
    9.The Train – I Feel The Most
    10.Life Is Like A Musical – 80′s Feel
    11.No Bootleg DVD (Interlude) – Skip
    12.Hollywood Divorce – HOOD
    13.Zora (Interlude) – Clip From Movie
    14.Call The Law – Song From Movie
    15.Bamboo & Cross (Skit) – Big Boi Son
    16.BuggFace – Step Dance
    17.Make No Sense At All – Differnt
    18.In Your Dream – Dont Sleep On
    19.PJ & Rooster – From Movie
    20.Mutron Angel – IDK Shit Crazy
    21.Greatest Show On Earth – Macy Gray
    22.Your Beautiful (skit) – From Movie
    23.When I Look In Your Eyes – Movie
    24.Dyin To Live – From Movie
    25.A Bad Note – Instrumental

    DONT 4 GET THIS IS A SOUNDTRACK SO THEY PUT MUSIC FROM THE MOVIE ON HERE

    SHIT STILL FIRE TO ME

  • KidFresh

    OutKast has been doing their thing since I was three. I went back and listened to their stuff and quite frankly they are the G.O.A.T. Now I’ve listened to ATCQ (which is my second favorite group of all time) and Run-D.M.C. and I still put OutKast at the top. OutKast has put out party jams and hip-hop. Something that a lot of rappers today don’t do. And to let you know about the new album. Most of the songs have a 30′s feel to it. The reason why is because the movie is based in the 30′s. So of course the music is gonna be different. Give it a chance and listen to the words. Some of the beats are pretty hot too. And all y’all “street niggas” that are getting on Andre for singing, what has 50 Cent been doing for a little while now? Singing in his songs. And if that’s not enough for you go to Jigga. Check out “My 1st Song”. Don’t know if you know but Jigga was hitting them notes. So calm that down. And stop sounding so ignorant. Through playing around here.

  • lord madux

    ayo for reaal, FUCK ALL U IDIOTS screaming DICKSET on these reviews.

    nobody is talkign about them, they fuckign suck so enough already. get your wack ass street team off reviews for other albums.

    TO DIPSET LOVERS/COCKSUCKERS- NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU- ESPECIALLY NO ONE IN BROOKLYN

    ya gay bitches, enough already

    and fuck u jay z, where is redmans album????

  • MR. UNTOUCHABLEBLU

    bought the album tuesday, from beginning to end the cd is banging, it is different though but you gotta open your mind to where they were tryin to go wit the feel and era of the movie. for those that say, outkast has fallen off. Ya’ll some fuck boys. How can a group that’s been consistent fall off on one album that a SOUNDTRACK? C’mon mann, ya’ll cant be serious. Anybody that’s been the best will have their weak points but overall they shit still will be in your cd deck wit all of they other classic shit (ie who says Jay-Zs Vol. 1 was weak. That Shit was hard as fuck and so was blueprint 2. Get the fuck outta here wit ya hate, bitches. Mighty O, Morris Brown, Idlewild Blue, Hollywood Divorce, The Train, N2U, Chronomentrophbia….You niggas reciting them songs in your sleep. O-U-T-K-A-S-T IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE THE G.O.A.T. Oh yeah and “Peaches” aint bad either

  • MR. UNTOUCHABLEBLU

    In your Dreams- Killer Mike. BOY STOPPPPP!!!

  • Eniversity

    I been down wit Kast since day 1. Wit all the hating people do on em it’s about time they snapped out and dug into some cats like the first album anyways. i copped it and will again and again. IT’S ALWAYS CLASSICS

  • http://www.myspace.com/stephenduhon Stephen

    Shit is the wackest shit I’ve ever heard. Since when the fuck did andre turn into prince mixed with fonzworth bentley, dude is straight gay. Dressin like a damn fool and dont tell me it’s a different style and it’s hott cuz u gotta b smokin crack. Big boi still flowin and normal but andre wack. Andre’s solo cd was different but still straight, but this shit is wack. I hate 2 say it but I’d rather buy that kelis cd and i hate that bitch after listening to this cd. This is the biggest waste i’ve spent 17 dollars on in my life. Big boi needs to leave andre..

  • http://www.myspace.com/stephenduhon Stephen

    FUCK ANGAY 3000 DUDE IS LAME..

  • http://www.myspace.com/stephenduhon Stephen

    since when did andre turn into bentley fonzworth

  • LBDII

    SHIIIIIIIIT. This is better then Speakerbox/The Love Below. This shit is bumping I hope its a hit. But besides that thats about it.

  • CBLACK

    For starters i’m from the ATL an if it was not for outkast this southern takeover of hip hop would not have started.i hate to say this album was a disappointment.Yes its a movie soundtrack but I’m not feeling no 30′s era music.Dre is a lyrical master an he displays his mastery in spots all through this cd,but it was in between all the singing and corny sounding 30′s musical crap.To me Big Boi kinda like let dre just have this project maybe he saying i’m going to let this dude do his thing an if it flop maybe he’ll comeback to his senses an then we can go back to making that shit the people wanna here.For what its worth though at least four tracks on this album is worth the purchase they are Morris Brown,Hollywood Divorce,Mighty O,and Idlewild Blue.

  • Chi-town WESTSIDE!!!!!!!

    Outkast is the grestest rap group of all time Period. you cant name another rap group that will even come close to them. I feel the exeact same way c-black does . This cd isnt their best but its still better than any rap group that came out in the last 2 years. Outkast is for real rap niggaz, not you dfb, d4l, dipset listenin niggaz. The old dre 3000 (not the singer) will tear 90% of the game a new asshole. MIGHTY MIGHTY O!!!!!!

  • cutta

    damn, kids trying to get together a lynch mob to bring down the greatest group of all time. praying for a downfall, i dont get it.
    the standards that some of the idiots replying are holding outkast up to, do you hold other artists to the same standards? cuz if thats the case then yall must not listen to any music period.
    i think its just a lot of idiots like this clown stephen that are making up a good portion of the negative responses to the album.

  • Syndicate

    To the people saying this is ‘just’ a movie soundtrack suck on this quote!

    “So is OutKast frontman André ”3000” Benjamin shaking like a Polaroid picture? In a very un-Hollywood move, the budding actor (Four Brothers) actually blames himself. ”Yeah, it’s true. We don’t want to rush the project because [film] is a new thing for us,” he says. ”[We've invested] 10 years into this brand and want to make sure the album is an OutKast album, not some stuff they throw out with the movie.” Adds director and longtime OutKast collaborator Bryan Barber, ”I’ve been mixing the film as early as January, but the music is still coming in.” Shot in late 2004, the movie chronicles the life of two Southern speakeasy performers (Benjamin and Antwan ”Big Boi” Patton). Idlewild was developed as a project for HBO, but near the end of production, the producers shopped it around for a theatrical release. The film finally ended up at Universal in late summer 2005.”

    This is an Outkast album as Andre 3000 says. It is not just a soundtrack.. to think they spent almost a year on this shit is unthinkable!

    But whatever y know I respect peoples opinions so its all good.

  • BIGNAT

    MAN I LIKE THE CD IT’S SOMETHING REALLY GOOD ABOUT IT. SOME SONGS THE DIRECTION IS OFF THE WALL ANDRE WILL BE SINGING AND THEN BUST OUT A TIGHT ASS FLOW. THE MOVIE WAS TIGHT 2 MAN OUTKAST ALWAYS GET MY MONEY. I WAS FAKING ON THEM UNTIL AQUEMINI THEN AFTER THAT CD I BOUGHT EVERY SINGLE ONE AND THE OLDER ONES. THE ONLY WACK CD THEY MADE WAS STANKOINA TO ME THAT JOINT HEAVY ON THE HITS BUT NOTHING MUCH ELSE. ALSO EVEN THAT CD GOT MAJOR PLAY THAT SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN THAT KNOCKS TILL THE DAY I DIE.

  • TrapBoi

    Syndicate Says:

    August 18th, 2006 at 4:11 pm
    Man I really used to love Outkast..

    I just deleted the album how sad is that?
    __________________________
    im sure you can find something else to listen to, its not that serious. some people stopped listening to outkast after the first album, some after stankonia, it is what it is.

    lol@beats sounding homemade and all that other nonsense tho

  • h-lo

    Stankonia was the creative peak and Aquemini is ,next to Biggie’s Lifer After Death, the biggest epic in hip-hop history. For me, these two are their great masterpieces. ATLiens is so dope and Sperkerboxxx/The Love Below, though drifting away from hip-hop, is still extremely impressive. If that doesn’t make them the greatest rap group (with PE)… I like N.W.A. a lot, but their two albums can’t really compete with that.
    So we can easily forgive them for making a weaker album, otherwise their consistency would have been scary.

  • holliwoodcolt

    this cd is garbage blacks who arent living up to the image the rich white industry has made for them to brain wash us into extinction. what are they thinking?

  • holliwoodcolt

    lets quit acting like this aint the music we should be listening to. when did we let the bad guy become the hero? we all got thug niggas in our families and none of them are the ones we want talkin for us nor are the the most lyrical or educated. imagine if they told ray charles or frankie lymon the wasnt street enough or had to sell drugs to entertain us. take a look at what we’ve become wasting money on cars and chains and bullshit we we need to be comin up

  • lulu

    this was a concept album so it is gonna sound a little different from the normal outkast albums.

  • Terrell

    The cd is straight with me. What is bad is that people say that they don’t like it because it ain’t hard enough. Grow up. I agree with what homeboy said above me. But anyway, that Mutron Angel track is dope as hell.

  • listen up!

    Grow up and further your minds, people. Music evolves as do their creators. However, so many of you are content with the crap disguising itself as such that you can’t decipher the difference. Ignorance will create further ignorance and those that will continue that path will suffer and remain left behind in the “streets” because they are content to be in that condition. Anyhow, the album is progressive, which is the style of Outkast. If you are an actual fan, you know this and you won’t be disapppointed. If not, keep listening to your bootlegged b.s.!

  • CBLACK

    Keep listening it grows on you. Hollywood Divorce is the shit!!!

  • RatedR

    THE REVIEWER DONT KNOW SHIT… LISTEN TO THE ALBUM BEFORE U GIVE A REVIEW… BEST HIP-HOP ALBUM OF THE YEAR… SO FAR. BUSTA WAS 2ND.

  • NolaRedd

    LOL…….you know what I really dont understand how closed minded half of you are. Yes this is something different…….Outkast has always been different…thats what makes me like them. I luvsomething new….all the others create I’m sorry remake the same ol thing. Drugs guns fights and F**kin. Hhow about you open your minds a little and really pay attention to the meanings of the words and inbetween them. Chronometrophobia(know i spelled it wrong)….We aint got much time left(beleive it or not read the bible);Hollywood divorce(How about our GOV); The song with Macy Gray(stupid N***** actin under the big top everyday on the corner…..Having fun on the trampin?) and for the movie……..how about the messages…….(God Dont Make Mistakes)(Love is everlasting and strong)(The clubs, liquor, sex, will bring you down with time)(sometimes we are meant to help people….giving money to the old lady)(follow your dreams even if they are different)(dont wait for a tragedy to happen before you change)….Damn can we think farther than the corner and whos makin songs for a quick $1000 or a quick peice. Have of us young blacks will never stand up for anything but the hood. How about we take a walk outside of the crude norm and into the unknown. OPEN YOUR MINDS….AND BELEIVE IN GOD. OUTKAST DESERVES A GRAMMY

  • atlien

    Im from the atl, grew up on outkast, luved every album they have made EXCEPT for this bullshit they just put out. The beats are horrible, the lyrics are real and the production is garbage. Im sorry guys the A town gives it a S

  • Tre

    ppl comparin to NWA makes no sense. they ain t str8 rap. outkast mixes rythym, beats and rhymes to make somethin fukin diff, not that same shit. gotta look at the beats and the shit that goes into it. took me a while took accept it but you caan be a street nigga and feel this shit. Its a new vibe niggazz. NY niggggazzzzz, MA nigggggggazzzzz Jersey nigggggggazzzzz all my northern nigggggggazzzz keepin it real wut up

  • Escobar

    It amazes me how anyone can say Outkast sucks, and moves no units, then go onto shout out DipSet.

    Did you guys drop out of the fourth grade, or something?

  • M

    They’ve made it quite clear with their name; outkast. sick record.

  • Disappointed Outkast Fan

    As a liftime Outkast fan, I am so disappointed in their lastest effort. The beats are weird, the flow is okay. They’re tryin too hard to be different. If you dont wanna do an album together dont do one. These kats sound like they just put some shit out to finish the deal. The movie sucks balls too. Andre stop it.

  • BernyMackarelly

    yo this album is fire..btwn andre spittin fire again, wayne on it n big boi doin what he do…y’all need 2 stop frontin cuz no1 doin it like outkast…they in a league of they own homie…
    easy

  • dj q

    what happend to the old outkast

  • ChuDoc

    This is an xl album. How you can give any less than that is crazy. but loyal kast fans know the score by now. Kast, and Andre 3000 mostly, dont get the props they deserve. The Train is the best song on the album.

    From what hearing from dre’s recent appearance looks like dudes rediscovered the mic and is going to take the thrown he didnt want. that verse on devon the dudes track is fucking banana’s, best verse iv heard since the 90′s

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