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100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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OutKast, 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'


OutKast, 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'
34/100

It sounded crazy: For their fifth record, both members of hip-hop's most creative duo would record his own LP. What they ended up with was hip-hop's White Album, an overlong but thrilling behemoth fueled by weed, ego and a thousand old funk records. Big Boi's pulverizing Speakerboxxx deepened OutKast's adventures in crunk. Far wonkier was The Love Below, where André 3000 tried to be Prince, Beck and George Clinton all at once, crafting tunes as bright and strange as his wardrobe — including the smash "Hey Ya!" and "Roses," which "really smell like poo-poo."

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