Deep 10: OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
If the two breakout hits on OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below sounded like the work of completely different artists, that's because they essentially were. Big Boi's soulful "The Way You Move" (on his Speakerboxxx) and André 3000's electro-funk "Hey Ya!" (from The Love Below) were initially set to appear on solo albums by the Atlanta duo, but were ultimately brought to term as a double album under the OutKast umbrella.
The much-acclaimed ATLiens' strategy paid off. In December 2003, "Hey Ya!" topped the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for nine weeks. "The Way You Move" followed close behind at No. 2, ultimately knocking "Hey Ya!" from its throne the following year. More than a decade into their career, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below became OutKast's biggest success, selling more than 11 million units (the most of any hip-hop album).
Following are 10 lesser-known facts about Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which ensured OutKast's place in the annals of popular music history.
1. The Speakerboxxx "Intro" features a sampled Emergency Broadcast System announcement by Don Pardo.
The late "Jeopardy!" and "Saturday Night Live" announcer is the first voice to appear on the double album when he cautions, "This is a test." Pardo has also been sampled by Eric B & Rakim and Front 242, among others. He can also be heard assisting Frank Zappa during his 1976 performance of "I'm The Slime" on "SNL."
2. "The Way You Move" was nearly left on the cutting-room floor.
Big Boi's chart-topper was one of the last songs recorded for the album and was almost held for frequent collaborator Sleepy Brown's solo album. Brown sings the song's infectious hook, which he wrote after hearing the beat at one of Big Boi's cookouts. "I heard that melody and I ran to Big and said, 'Yo, I got the craziest hook for this beat,' Brown revealed to MTV. "I told him to go to the studio that night."