With the recent news of Outkast’s festival revival, it seems only fair to revisit their seminal string of 1990s albums. Spottieottiedopaliscious, the 12th track on Aquemini, is one of the tracks which for me best represents them in their neo-soul peak.
Following a brief introduction, the song’s most important element soon comes to the fore: the addictive, unforgettable riff. The horn section meanders up and down the pentatonic scale with a ridiculously nonchalant swing and overlapping bars in musical enjambement, resulting in a moment of unadulterated musical bliss. This joyous, vibrant passage of music is the epicentre of the track, perfectly stringing together Andre and Big Boi’s lackadaisical drawls about getting kicked out of nightclubs and falling in love, delivered with their signature Southern charm.
I can only hope to have the opportunity to experience these 7 minutes of music live, but until then Spottieottiedopaliscious will remain a permanent feature of my listening habits.
– Benjamin Scott