Sammy the Seal

“I stank I can, I stank I can”

In vinyl, You're a kitty! on Thursday, 26 January, 2012 at 21:20

Song: Humble Mumble
Artist: Outkast featuring Erykah Badu
Album: Stankonia

Ah, 2000, the days when the music press all saying how Stankonia was here to save hip-hop, even if it didn’t really need to be saved. And still fresh. Overshadowed by all the singles, not to mention stashed in the middle of the album, but sleep on it no more. I love Andre’s opening, that “oo-hoo” is hilarious. But the joker is quite capable of putting stereotypers in their place, as well: “…she thought hip-hop was only guns and alcohol… don’t discrimihate ’cause you done read a book or two.” Yeah, there are plenty of people like that. Snaps aside, it’s empowering too, talk about freedom and self-expression, work your dreams, roll with the punches– to borrow from another song, “make a fat diamond out of dusty coal.” Hell, Big Boi’s whole verse is one big rah-rah:

“Life is like a great big roller coaster
everything in life don’t happen like it’s supposed to
trials and tribulations make you stronger, live longer
you wanna reach the nation, nigga, start from ya corner
everything in life don’t always happen like you planned it
demand it, overstand it, then you handle it
fuck wishing, you missing the ambition on your mission
now you switching– why you quitting, ’cause it’s heated in the kitchen?”

One love, thank you, sir. Normally, “positive” hip-hop borders on cheesy and touchy-feely, which is why you keep it funky like this– then you got real power. Everyone’s on point. Hold off on the dancing at first, though, you gotta wait until 1:36 to get down and cut loose. What a great track. Feel it, yow!



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