Album review

Outkast

AQUEMINI

BOTH LAFACE/BMG

ATliens (1996) sees Dré and Big Boi's Southern funk fantasia almost fully realised, as low-rolling, low-key beats support the slippery, swiftly twisting, tricknological language of their playa fantasies and religious, sexual and science-fictional theories, a world of wondrous contradiction.

Aquemini (1998), while still lacking a "Ms Jackson"-style single-punch globe-floorer, is an entirely convincing hip hop continuation of Parliament's prime late-'60s/early-'70s LPs (Clinton guests on the eerie "Synthesizer").

Raps speed at the edge of comprehension, fighting street self-destruction from the inside, while diverse tracks flow like a choppy but continuous funk stream, cosmic and encompassing; sprawling and superb.

Rating: 3 / 10


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