With all the deserved Outkast rigamarole going around, its set to be a big year for the South. Reunions and the like of course lead one to prognosticate on the future plans of the artist(s) and ruminate over their past accomplishments and catalog. With Outkast there is no doubt a wealth of possibilities and accolades to sift, examine, and to ultimately enjoy; you will definitely get a handful of these over the course of the year.
One thing that sometimes gets lost about these guys is the prolificacy features or guest verses. Growing up in ATL at the time, outside of their own albums you’d hear Outkast pop up and drop gems on a regular occasion, across albums as varied as TLC, Slimm Calhoun, Witchdoctor, DJ Unkk, and Sleepy Brown. I just haven’t asked but I wonder if people outside the region really understand how deep it ran with Outkast; that to a fan (particularly after Stankonia) may be missing out on a lot of quality. However that’s for another piece.
When I heard the announcement was official one line hit my ears in Big Boi’s signature cadence clear as day “Did your heart stop man?” The opening salvo as the beat drops out to start the 2nd half Big Boi’s verse on Trick Daddy’s “In Da Wind” from Thug Holiday.
This track takes me back to riding through Marietta in The Pumpkin: windows down, music up. This was the epitome of that ride out music; sunny saturday afternoon on your way to get into something your not supposed to. Just perfect. There are so many little fine points to this track to discuss: Trick Daddy, Cee-Lo, Jazze Phae, the wealth of 2 line quotables, Big Boi’s underrated style and substance. But I digress, this Throw Back Thursday is about a mood and a feeling, “In Da Wind” captures one like very few can for me.
**Thug Holiday’s album cover has to go down as one of the greatest of all time no matter the genre. if it’s referencing something else, then please pass that along (most iconic art does). But in my opinion 2 Chains’ B.O.A.T.S. album cover doesn’t exist without it**