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It takes a few listens to sink in, but on Aquemini, Outkast have pulled off a rare feat in hip-hop: they've made a good record that's a masterpiece of subtlety. What's more, it's their third record, and they've yet to fall into a rut--and that alone puts them in line for an award. The Organized Noize production crew is sublime, working with live musicians and crafting hook-filled soundscapes that complement Big Boi and Andre Benjamin's melodic patter. (See "Rosa Parks,""Chonkyfire," and the epic "Liberation," which features Erykah Badu, Cee Lo, and Big Rube--and clocks in at just under nine minutes.) Classy and intelligent, Outkast haven't sacrificed anything in their quest to make challenging, innovative hip-hop that forgoes idle boasting for the duo's message. A sample, from the title track: "Now, question: Is every nigga wit dreads for the cause? / Is every nigga wit golds for the fall? Naw / So don't get caught in appearance."--Randy Silver

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tracklisting: Hold On, Be Strong
Return of the "G"
Rosa Parks
Skew It on the Bar-B
Synthesizer - George Clinton
West Savannah
Art of Storytellin' (Pt. 1)
Art of Storytellin' (Pt. 2)
Y'all Scared - Big Gipp
Liberation - C-Lo
title: Aquemini
rating: 4
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 29-09-1998
price: $18.98
net Rating: 5
last lookup time: 137384640
genre: Gangsta & Hardcore
Southern Rap
Experimental Rap
fullTitle: Aquemini
currentValue: $6.55
created: 137384640
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
Explicit Lyrics
asin: B00000BKI1
artist: OutKast