vinyl library #7: outkast’s ‘stankonia’

Whew, that debate last night! I spent the majority of the time shaking my fists at the computer like an old man telling kids to get off his lawn. Tr*mp is really something else. I’ve tried to not listen to him speak for more than 5 minutes at a time over the course of his “presidency,” so these debates have honestly been the most I’ve allowed myself to listen to him speak at one time and…YIKES. It’s one thing to hear the news or hear other people say “he said this, this, and this,” but it’s a whole other thing to actually hear him say things and actively believe what he let ooze out of his mouth. Then I made a mistake this morning and watched that 60 Minutes interview clip that came out a couple days ago. The foolishness got completely out of pocket at an exponential rate as the conversation went on, and I had to turn it off 30 minutes in. The last 7 minutes just wasn’t worth it lol. It was making my anxiety act up, and it became a fight or flight moment, so there was a choice to be made to turn the video off or punch my laptop screen. I figured that working on thursday email, after yelling into the ether about how idiotic he is, was a better use of my time, and I’m using it as a meditative moment.

This week we have Outkast’s ‘Stankonia’ (VMP 2020)

now, Vinyl Me Please says Stankonia comes on 2 galaxy LPs, but like…is this not like a smoky gray that’s like slightly iridescent?? I mean, it’s cute either way, but I wouldn’t call this galaxy. also excuse that green in the corner lol those are my plants reflecting in the light from the window — not included with the record!

It’s not a strong memory in the slightest, BUT one of my first memories of hearing a song was when I was a toddler hearing “Ms. Jackson” in the car with someone in my family. I have ZERO idea whose car it was or who I was with – I’m assuming it was my mom lol. Unfortunately though, my experience with Outkast’s music is very slim. Other than the Outkast songs that everyone has heard (“B.O.B,” “Ms. Jackson,” “Rosa Parks,” “Hey Ya,” “So Fresh, So Clean,” “The Way You Move,” “Roses,” etc.), I’ve never listened to a full Outkast project 😦 which I’m very ashamed to say. So when I saw that Stankonia was Vinyl Me Please’s Essential album for October, I SWIFTLY swapped Redman’s Muddy Waters (1996) for it. Currently working my way through Stankonia as I type this. Halfway through, it’s sounding really good so far.

I DID see Outkast when I was in high school – if that redeems me at all lol. They were doing a homecoming concert series in Atlanta in 2014, and I saw that Childish Gambino and Raury were going to be opening for them on one of the days. So I BEGGED my mom to let me go — cause I needed to see Donald Glover – and begged my bestie at the time to go with me (and for her mom to take us lol she was very much fine with that because she loved Outkast).

I don’t remember if the tickets were sold out or if we just couldn’t make the day Bino and Raury were opening for Outkast, but we ended up having to go to another day instead, and saw Future, Janelle Monae, and Outkast (and APPARENTLY Miss Eyrkah Badu was there, but I have zero memory of that). I don’t really remember a lot of what I heard, but I did have a good time. It was a lot of aunties and mommas there lol. I don’t know if I was old enough to really appreciate that moment for what it was.

It doesn’t take one to listen to all of Outkast’s discography to know how strong their musical impact has been. Especially for southern hip hop and Atlanta rappers. BUT I’m happy I can finally have the opportunity to spend more than a few minutes at a time with Andre and Big Boi.

Lil’ Facts

Officially became a part of the collection on October 13, 2020

Bought from:

Vinyl Me Please

Year of Original Album Release: 2000

Runtime: 73 minutes

Discogs Release Page

Jacket Style: Gatefold

Format: 2LP

Lowest Price on Discogs (as of 10/23/20): $47.94

Highest Price on Discogs (as of 10/23/20): $205.00

Record Player Set Up Specs:

Turntable: Audio Technica AT-LP60XBT-BK Automatic Bluetooth Turntable in Black (from Turntable Lab)

Speakers: Edifier R1280DB Powered Speakers in Black (from Turntable Lab)

My Record Collection (via Discogs)

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