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The Making of OutKast’s Aquemini

June 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Earlier this week, Creative Loathing took a look back at one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever created. They sat down with Andre 3000, Big Boi, Organized Noise, and others to break down track by track the duo’s 3rd studio effort Aquemini. In my opinion, Outkast is the greatest hip-hop group ever and this album is definitely in my top 5 (I even have it on vinyl). XXL Magazine has done a few reviews like these, but this has to be the best one I’ve ever read. Below is an excerpt on the making of Rosa Parks & you can read the full review here.

Andre 3000: I actually submitted that beat to [Diddy’s old group] Total – ’cause I was going with Keisha from Total around that time – but they couldn’t use it, so we ended up using it.

Big Boi: I took the beat home and I remember I was in my bedroom, and I was like, ‘I got the hook!’ I was playing the music loud as hell and I was just singing the hook: ‘Aah-haah, hush that fuss!’ Like, that’s it, we need to lay it down. So then, you know how we use these metaphors, [so we named it] Rosa Parks. Boom. We always do stuff like that and shit just falls into place.

Neal H. Pogue (sound engineer): Naming that song ‘Rosa Parks’ was a big, big statement too, because it was just trying to show people don’t forget about where we’ve come from and where we are now.