Song of the Week: Outkast – “Player’s Ball” & “Da Art Of Storytellin'”

There are so many reasons why I’ve chosen a song from Outkast for this week’s pick.

First thing is that RTlll posted up in last week’s SOTW comment section that he wanted Outkast’s “Da Art of Storytellin'” to be chosen. This was a great pick that blew my mind and reminded me that I needed to dig throw my Outkast CD’s some more. This got me thinking about other ‘Kast tracks. I didn’t want to bite RTIII choice but I also wanted to give the guy some props for having great taste in music.

I was torn between the song that started it all off for the group and one of their major hits. So I just said fuck it and choose both. I mean there’s no rules at the ‘Fro that says there’s only one song per week. Or is there? I don’t know, we’ll soon see.

But for time being let’s focus on these two great tracks. Forget about the “Gillette shit” remarks and remember the time when Big Boi and A3K were just making great music.

Does anyone else think that every Outkast album is a breath of fresh air for Hip-Hop?

As always tell me what song you’d like to see posted up. Maybe another ‘Kast track? Another Christmas rap song or just something completely different all together?

Enjoy this week’s song(s).

Sidenotes:

  1. How fucking young were these guys back then? Like 19? Damn. Makes me feel so unaccomplished.
  2. Wonder why Slick Rick was only in the video version of “Da Art of Storytellin’”?
  3. Also while reading this can everybody please put their collective prays together and hopefully the Hip-Hop gods will allow another Outkast album to be made.

With several name alterations Calvin 2.0 has seen some changes. He first fell in love with Hip-Hop at the age of 8 from watching Beastie Boys film clips and listening to a Public Enemy cassette tape his father gave him. He enjoys doing nerdy things like reading Spiderman comics and talking about the Dark Knight movie but also enjoys the sounds of Biggie Smalls. "Dead Wrong" and "Give Me the Loot" being among his favourites. Most of his money is spent on either rap CD's (yes he still buys Compact Disks) or Hip-Hop shows and each year aims to see more live music then the year before.
  • RTIII

    @ B-Easy This is great. I thought one OutKast track would do it, but 2, can’t go wrong with that. Also, after posting that by song/video by OutKast feat Slick Rick, I even found myself diggin through my OutKast CD’s too. I ain’t paying attention about those Gillette remarks. A new OutKast album would definitely be nice, especially right now. Even Chris Rock said it himself. And thanks for mentioning me in this SOTW article man.

    • B-Easy

      My bad man, Calvin wrote this.

      • RTIII

        No problem. Thanks for the correction B-Easy. Thanks Calvin 2.0

        • http://twitter.com/0_calvin Calvin 2.0

          No worries man. Thanks for suggesting such great songs.

          • RTIII

            No problem man.

      • http://twitter.com/0_calvin Calvin 2.0

        Sneaky B-Easy. You’ve done it to me again. Hahah nah we cool.

        • B-Easy

          To be real, this shit has happened at least 5 times. Damn.

          • http://twitter.com/0_calvin Calvin 2.0

            I know. You must be overworked my friend. Take a nap.

  • http://twitter.com/SauleWright Saule Wright

    OutKast is the shit!

    • http://twitter.com/0_calvin Calvin 2.0

      Damn Straight.

  • RTIII

    Also, come to think about it now, I think that pretty much every OutKast album is a breath of fresh air for Hip Hop.

    • http://twitter.com/0_calvin Calvin 2.0

      Yeah, it just seems like they push the barriers that need to be pushed but no ones really thought of doing.

  • P-Body

    Actually Outkast was around 18 when they dropped Players Ball in 93. They were born in 75. Dope cuts! My favorite album is Atliens and I’m sticking with that one. I can listen to that album all the way through without skipping shit.

    • RTIII

      ATLiens is my favorite album by OutKast too. But, if someone was to ask me which is my favorite OutKast album, i’ma have to say more than 1 album by them, because they put out great/classic albums, it’ll be hard for me to choose just one.

    • http://twitter.com/0_calvin Calvin 2.0

      They were 18? That’s crazy. What the fuck were the rest of us doing at 18? Well maybe others were doing something great but I sure wasn’t. ATLiens is great but I’m going with Aquemini. I love every single cut on that album. Especially “Skew it on the Bar-B”. That shit is awesome.

  • RTIII

    @ Calvin 2.0 For the next SOTW, how bout this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpAk8xj0e4k

  • RTIII

    @ Calvin 2.0 Or, how bout this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRth8ygj7N4

  • RTIII

    @ Calvin 2.0 Or maybe this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srR199VWeHE