"A decade after the hip-hop duo released their chart-topping hit single 'Hey Ya!', OutKast are tipped to join the latest string of old-school bands reuniting for a comeback."
"In the first study they found that twice as many mall shoppers who had just ridden an up escalator contributed to the Salvation Army than shoppers who had just ridden the down escalator … In a final study, participants watched film clips of scenes taken from an airplane above the clouds, or through the window of a passenger car. Participants who had watched the clip of flying up above the clouds were 50 percent more cooperative in a computer game than those who had watched the car ride down on the ground. Overall these studies show remarkable consistency, linking height and different prosocial behaviors—i.e., donations, volunteering, compassion, and cooperation." [...]
The video for "Shutterbugg," the spry new-ish single from Big Boi's forthcoming Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty, is pretty bare-bones (guess the Crown Royal sponsorship cash wasn't that much), but that doesn't make the clip any less fun: there's a lighthearted decapitation of Big Boi, a couple of Tron-costumed dancers making with the futuristic sexytime, and a wall display of Solo cups that you probably shouldn't recreate at your next keg party because it would probably last 15-20 minutes before turning into a heap of brightly colored plastic. [Via]
I have long been a proponent of the idea that the Notorious B.I.G. is the best rapper of all-time. (This after having long been a proponent of the idea that Rakim was the best rapper of all-time. I have been proponentizing for a long time. I am very, very old.) But I am starting to consider a different idea. Is Andre 3000 the best rapper of all-time? I think he might be! The body of work he amassed with his partner Big Boi across the six OutKast albums that came out between 1994 and 2006 already made for a strong case—Andre expanded the breadth of rap-lyric subject matter with [...]
Proclamations that a certain era is "good" or "bad" for music are always specious. There's both good and bad music being made all the time, of course, in all different genres, and that's been true even during eras accepted as either "golden" or "dead" for whatever style you might be talking about. What's easier to talk about, what I think people are actually assessing when they talk in this way, is what's popular at a certain time in history—stylistic characteristics of the music that happens to be selling the most, or being played on popular radio stations. Of course, people often disagree about stylistic characteristics, too, whether they make [...]
You know Big Boi is incredible. You know he loves penguins and that he discovered the phenomenal Janelle MonÃ¡e and that his album Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son Of Chico Dusty comes out July 6. But did you know how well he can freestyle? (I didn't. That particular talent always blows me away. How do people think that fast?) In this clip, he riffs on the black-and-white tiles that make up the floor of the New York barber shop that serves as the setting for the latest installment of Pitchfork TV's highly stylized hip-hop series Selector. Also, in the accompanying interview, he reaffirms his [...]
"Picking a winner between 'SpottieOttieDopaliscious'/'ATLiens' is like being asked to decide what is better, Denzel’s mid 90s mustache or my early April mustache? On the surface, they are equal and extremely important to society as a whole. With that said, the times that the members of Outkast decide to tell stories show them at their best and 'SpottieOttieDopaliscious' could not be a better example of that. It takes you to another world for about 7 minutes and when you return, things are slightly different, regardless of how many times you’ve heard it." —Atlanta native Rembert Browne really, really loves Outkast. He loves them so much that he put together [...]
I don't know if it'll go down with Outkast's "Ms. Jackson" or Common's "The Light," but you can count this new song by New-Orleans-born rapper Jay Electronica as another good one inspired by the woman who must stand, at this point, as hip-hop's all-time greatest muse, Erykah Badu. (Who else would it be? Janet? Sade? Roxanne? Jane?) You'll remember that Jay-the excellent and fast-rising rapper who Jon Caramanica wrote so nicely about last week in the Times-posted live reports on his Twitter page as Erykah gave birth to their daughter, Mars Merkaba, a year-and-a-half ago. He is an open [...]
He told us on "Atliens," back in 1996, that he was "cooler than a polar bear's toenails." But now here's proof: Outkast MC, renowned dog lover and overall good guy Big Boi took his family to Seaworld in Orlando recently-and filmed what is surely the best promo spot in the history of marine biology. Also: Judging from early material like "Royal Flush" and "Sumthin' Gotta Give," we have hopes that are high for Big Boi's solo album, Sir Luscious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, later this year.