And my #1 favorite album out of my 50 favorite albums of the 00’s is of course the double album, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by OutKast.
I wanted to share two lesser known songs from the albums, “Ghettomusick” from “Speakerboxxx” and “Prototype” from “The Love Below”. I have said it many times before but, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” is one of the most expansive, catchy, creative and easily one of my favorite albums of all time. It was wildly popular, successful and well reviewed. It sold over 10 million copies and won Album of the Year at the Grammys in 2004, making it only one of two Hip-Hop albums to ever win that honor. The other being Lauryn Hill with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”. These two songs may not have been as popular as their other hits from the albums, “Hey Ya!”, “The Way You Move” & “Roses”, but they are equal in quality as is every other song off the albums. Do you have a favorite song from the albums that wasn’t a single? Please share.
Since Hip-Hop first popped up on the music scene in the late 1970’s, it has had a rough time when it’ has come to the Grammy Awards, continually getting overlooked and snubbed. There wasn’t even a Rap category until 1989 and even then, the announcing of the award wasn’t even televised. Will Smith (then Fresh Prince) and DJ Jazzy Jeff had the honor of receiving the very first Rap Grammy to ever be given out, but boycotted the show with the other Rap nominees, because they would not televise the giving of the award due to “time constraints”. Hip-Hop has had an even harder time winning for Album of the Year award. The only 2 Hip-Hop artists to ever win the honor are Lauryn Hill and one of my very personal favorites, OutKast. I read an interesting article in The Huffington Post this week about this subject, that I thought should be shared. Read on at the link below to learn more about the history of Hip-Hop and Grammys (or lack there of, apparently).