HAPPY 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik by Outkast

Another installment to the list of 20 year anniversary albums is the quietly acclaimed classic project from one of hip-hop’s greatest duo, OutKast.  While everyone was off listening to Nas, Tribe, Ice Cube and Scarface in that great hip-hop era, my fortune was much different and blessed moi with a deep, rich southern culture of rap music.

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Young Big Boi and Andre 3000

I can vividly remember riding down 2234 with a pocket full of stones, headed to my cousins (they aren’t blood but they’re close like blood) trying to see if we can make a power move to Skate Central to catch up with Candice and d’em…

Horns blast…”Burp! Burp! Burp! (drum roll) Burp (as it fades away)!”

Peaches…don’t know who she is but when 5, 4, 3, 2, the 1 comes my way, no hesitation to claim that will be on my mind. See, like Andre was ready same was for moi when they asked if we wanted to go on a Funky Ride. We used to go from neighborhood to neighborhood; on foot, bike or riding passenger seat to our older brother or homie, talking to girls, cussing and fussing to the groovy sounds of Organized Noize, performing our rendition of the lyrics Big Boi and Andre Benjamin provided as the perfect back drop to our southern Texas lifestyles. Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was speaking to what was on my mind, what was in my environment and about people that were around moi.  From how it felt to ride around town with money in your pocket, girls checking for you to the lectures about being responsible from parents and finding purpose in life; they sparked so much interest about the life experience.

Now Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik serves as a portal bringing moi back to that time. Young, carefree and just trying to cop-a-feel and get kisses from as many girls that would even smile in my direction. Just as the album gave you the complete scoop of the slow paced life in the street’s fast lane from family to enemies, love ones to lovers, life is journey that you must be able to at least enjoy the soundtrack to. Through all the dark times, long party nights and everyday encounters don’t lose you and get the most out of the life experience.

Well for moi this is what this album meant and means to moi. My Early Life Experiences, and for that, OutKast is and will always be one of  hip-hop’s greatest duo. Period.