The Top 10 Andre 3000 Verses – Thoughts?

Andre 3000 has never been known to spit a whack verse…

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Andre 3000 has never been known to spit a whack verse. Ever since Outkast’s debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Andre 3000 a.k.a Dre or 3 Stacks has been spitting vicious flows, changing up his style over the years, but remaining one of the premier lyricists in the game. His storytelling prowess in particular is unique and unmatched. Check out his ten best verses below.

 

10.) UGK – International Players Anthem

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This is a track that everyone is familiar with: the “International Players Anthem.” Out of everyone on this track, I think Dre had the best verse–no disrespect to the late great Pimp C. He spits this verse as if he were having a conversation with his homies, and they were trying to convince him to not get married. It all meshed well, and Dre did his thing with this one!

 

9.) Goodie Mob feat. – Thought Process

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As Andre closes out the opening track of Goodie Mob’s debut album Soul Food (1995), he speaks on the daily struggles and issues in this world. He goes on to explain that he was only living for the day, and not the future. Andre 3000 did a great job of capturing this audience with this intriguing verse.

 

8.) Andre 3000 – A Life In The Day of Benjamin Andre

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This is a verse that summarized his whole career. It was the outro of the only work that could be chalked up as a solo project– The Love Below (2003). He discusses his relations with Erykah Badu, Outkast, cars, and everything else that he hadexperienced throughout his adult life. Although we never got the completed version of this track, it still remains as one of his best verses.

 

7.) Outkast – ATLiens

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One of the most timeless Outkast tracks of all time. The hook is a classic, but Andre’s verse takes the track to another level.

 

6.) Outkast – Da Art of Storytellin’ (Part 1)

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Here, Dre tells the story of a girl he knew named Sasha: He was close friends with her, but they ended up getting older and grew apart. He later found out that Sasha was with a man who was treating her wrong. Dre hoped that one day he would see Sasha again, but she was found dead, seven months pregnant. It’s not just the drama of the story, but the way that Andre phrases it that makes this one of the best story tracks of all time. “It’s like that now, you better gon get the hump up out ya back now. It’s bout 4, 5 cats off in my ‘Lac now.”

 

 

 

5.) Big Boi feat. Andre 3000– Royal Flush

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Now this track was only about 3 minutes long, but Andre shines through a full two of them. Dre pretty much drove the car on this one, and Big Boi and Rae (also featured) took the backseat.

 

4.) Outkast – Return Of The G

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After taking the hiatus from weed and alcohol before ATLiens, Andre changed his style of dress, which led to people questioning his sexuality. With this verse, he addressed everything that was going on, as well as all that is buried in the word “gangster.”

 

3.) Outkast – D.E.E.P.

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People often forget this track when they refer to Andre’s greatest verses, but listen: the way he slaughtered this beat was just unfair! He came in with a tongue twisting flow and witty bars and didn’t stop:“D.E.E.P., you want to go D.E.E.P., I’ll take ya D.E.E.P., you know you f*cked up when you let my mind creep.”

 

2.) Outkast – Babylon

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In the first verse of this track, Andre 3000 speaks on how his mother was on heavy drugs when she was pregnant with him. Although his first verse was only 40 seconds deep, he spoke about a lot in that short period of time. “I came into this world high as a bird, from second hand cocaine powder. I know it sounds absurd. I never tooted it, but its in my veins.”

 

1. ) Outkast – Elevators

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This is Andre 3000′s greatest lyrical performance of all time. The way he tells the story of seeing someone from high school was amazing. At the time, Outkast wasn’t as rich as everyone thought they were. They had a hit album, but they were still going through the same daily struggles as everyone else. “True, I got more fans than the average man, but not enough loot to last me ’til the end of the week. I live by the beat, like you live check to check.”

 

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Hip Hop And Assata Shakur – Why The Connection?

It wasn’t our parents who introduced us to Assata Shakur…

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It wasn’t our parents who introduced us to Assata Shakur. It was Hip-Hop. Chuck D of Public Enemy broke the thick, cold ice when he bellowed, “supporter of Chesimard!” in the group’s seminal song “Rebel Without A Pause.”

However, Assata Shakur, known to her haters by her married name, JoAnne Chesimard, lived a graphic tale that began well before the 1987 classic song by PE. Shakur, 65, was accused of the 1973 murder of state trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop in New Jersey. A member of the Black Liberation Army, Shakur was convicted in 1977, even though her case was wrought with controversy (she has consistently denied killing Foerster and proclaimed her innocence.) And then she famously escaped, and fled to Cuba. Chuck D name-checked her, and sparked a lot of brain cells in the youth who were consuming rap music at a time when her name was not ringing many bells.

 

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After Chuck D came others in rap who acknowledged Shakur in their lyrics; like revolutionary rapper Paris, the jazzy Digable Planets, militant crew X-Clan, and Common, a more palatable purveyor of conscious rap. Assata’s name came up in 2011 when Common was invited to the White House to perform, as many on the Right took exception to his early lyrical content. They were also offended at his outright, unapologetic support for Shakur on “A Song for Assata,” who is now widely known only as a “convicted cop killer” as if injustice didn’t exist in America.

But Hip-Hop also embraces Assata for a reason deeper than any name-check.

Her godson, Tupac Shakur, was probably the biggest name ever in rap music. Many have fantasized that Pac is in Cuba right now chillin’ with his step aunt. Although most people gravitate to the thug in Pac, he had revolutionary blood in his veins. He’s mother was a Black Panther and his stepfather Mutulu Shakur, also an activist, is considered a political prisoner by his supporters. Mutulu is in jail right now for helping his sister, Assata, in her escape from prison on November 2, 1979. These are the ones Tupac considered “real n***as.” We absorbed that in his songs as he name checked them.

The wormhole goes deeper.

The Rebel…With A Cause

Shakur holds a major distinction that probably contributes to the ire of her detractors. Simply put, she got away. Davey D, A hip-hop activist and historian, says her supporters can relate to her success at bucking the system.

“Of course she was a rebel,” Davey says. “She’s been a rebel – not in some sort of nostalgic way – but in a real way that people can relate to.” And he says Shakur’s supporters in the world of hip-hop “don’t see her as some crazed cop killer, the way the popular narrative would have you believe. She was somebody who was about defending our community. She comes on the scene [as a] response to our community be attacked” by racist forces.

More than anything, Assata Shakur’s story feels to her supporters like she was at one with hip-hop’s sense of rebellion. At the core, hip-hop is music has balked at convention in all its forms. The culture itself was bred out of a particularly dark period in the Bronx the late 70′s and early 80′s, when the young black and brown society that would eventually give birth to hip-hop culture felt marginalized and dismissed by the entire nation. Some in the community accused the government of overtly conspiring against young people of color with everything from crack cocaine to “Reaganomics.” Through it all, hip-hop was born, survived and, in some ways, escaped those conditions, something that feels familiar in Assata Shakur’s story.

Rosa Clemente, the fiery grassroots organizer, hip-hop activist and journalist, lets it be known exactly why she and others gravitate to Assata.

“Hip-hop culture inherently speaks truth to power and tries to act against power,” Clemente says. “Assata Shakur, through her life and her freedom, not only speaks against power, she escaped from the most powerful military empire in the world. That is why they want her [so badly]. She comes out of a time in history — the late 60′s, early 70′s — when this country was on the cusp of a revolution. The Black Panther Party was named the biggest internal security threat to the USA. The state used all its power through the COINTELPRO program to stop this.”

Rob “Biko” Baker, who helms the League of Young Voters, agrees, stating that urban youth are in a similar fight every day, albeit not as dramatic.

“Hip-hop is attracted to Assata Shakur because her story represents the oppression, pain and hopefulness of the hip-hop generation,” Baker says. “While her life’s work may anger some politicians, the harsh reality of racism and exclusion in the 60s and 70s forced many to adopt a more militant brand of protest politics. Those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s know that racism and exclusion continued and was reinforced by the War on Drugs. Assata’s story shows the hip-hop generation that it is possible to survive.”

Hip-hop at a tipping point

Its a fact that people of color have been victimized in America in ways that continue to this day, from systemic racism to environmental racism to inequalities in nearly every facet of life. Every statistic imaginable supports this notion. Still, people forge ahead with conviction. Detractors may not agree, but hip-hop’s adoration of Assata Shakur is not blind. It’s complicated. It’s rooted in history: past, present, and and probably future. Assata is not OJ Simpson. She too is complex to be bound by linear, elementary terms like “cop killer” and “domestic terrorist.”

Hip-Hop has seen how mainstream groupthink helped reduced Tupac to a common thug. Hip-hop has also seen how police troll rap music websites and maintain dockets on artists, tracking them like future crooks. And we’ve seen hip-hop launch as the most revolutionary art form to originate on American soil, and with all that potential, turn into what today seems to be a tool to keep people brain dead — drugged up students of a New Game who go on to major in Party and minor in Bullsh*t.

In a 2000 interview with Christian Parenti, Assata Shakur spoke about the power and potential downfall of hip-hop.

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Have You Seen: For Colored Boys, Redemption

”For Colored Boys” tell stories about seven Black men who are faced with redemption, truth…

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“For Colored Boys” is soul-stirring dramatic web series written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Stacey Muhammad. Seven seasons of “For Colored Boys” tell stories about seven Black men who are faced with redemption, truth, love, fear, hope, endings, and new beginnings. The web series is inspired by the critically-acclaimed 1975 choreopoem ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf’ by Ntozake Shange.

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The first season of “For Colored Boys,” entitled REDEMPTION, follows the life of Benjamin Boyd, Sr. Upon release from prison, Benjamin seeks to reunite with his family by rekindling his relationship with his wife Lisa and reassuming his role as father to their teenage daughter Sidney, and 20 year old son, E. Benjamin’s life begins to spiral out of control as he suffers from Post Incarceration Syndrome (PIC) and struggles to find his place in the world again.

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What We’re Done Thus Far!

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  • The first episode of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION is COMPLETE and has screened at film festivals nationwide!
  • We’ve secured a STELLAR cast of incredible actors in front of the camera and an amazingly talented crew of professionals behind the camera and will be shooting another EIGHT episodes of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION May 16th – 23rd, in NYC.
  • We’ve received OVERWHELMINGLY positive feedback about the project!
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  • We’re received GREAT reviews and press! Check out For Colored Boys on IndiewireClutch Magazine, Hip Hop DX, OkayPlayerThe ROOT and Shadow and Act.
  • Episode 1 has been used as a teaching module and has been screened at high schools and youth centers.
  • Episode 1 has been shared far and wide on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and in the press. There has been a  tremendous amount of support for this project!
  • We’ve recently partnered with a number of organizations that address the needs of children of incarcerated parents and the issue of mass incarceration.
  • We successfully raised 13k on Indiegogo to assist us with production costs for the first season of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION.
  • We still need to raise AT LEAST another 8k before we shoot!

Where your contributions go!

Another EIGHT (8) episodes of the dramatic web series For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION!

We’re not cutting corners on quality! The technology and production value for this web series is TOP NOTCH! Unrivaled cinema capability with the RED EPIC.

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Your contriibutions will assist us with:

  • Cast Salaries (Many of our actors are union (SAG / AFRTRA) & must be compensated accordingly.
  • Craft Services & Catering (EXTREMELY important on any production!)
  • Crew Salaries (Director of Photographer, Assistant Camerman, Gaffers, Sound Recordist & Boom Operator, Set Designer, Art Director, Hair, Makeup and Wardrobe)
  • Travel and Loding Accomodations
  • Lighting and Lens Rentals
  • Post Production Services such as Editing, Sound Mixing, GFX Titling, DVD authoring & Packaging, Marketing

Cast of For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION, Season 1.

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Additional cast members: Kai Muhammad, Tekomin Williams, Roudy St. Fleur, Ryan Stephenson and others.

Your contributions will also “Help a child visit their incarcerated parent”

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We’ve identified a wonderful NYC based non profit organization that provides much needed services to children of incarcerated parents including after school programs (academic support as well as arts and recreation), mentoring, family services, connections to incarcerated parents through letter writing and weekend visits to facitlties to see their incarcerated parents.

Every $100. we’re able to donate to this organization will pay for a Round Trip ticket for a child to visit an imprisoned parent.

The Impact

The statistics are alarming! People of color continue to be disproportionately incarcerated, policed, and sentenced. Racial disparities in the criminal-justice system threaten communities of color; disenfranchising countless men, women, and children.  These racial disparities have deprived people of color of their most basic human rights, making criminal justice reform the civil rights issue of our time.

Families separated by crime and the criminal justice system are often overlooked.

The spouses, friends, children, and community of incarcerated individuals are the voices we don’t hear. Oftentimes when a parent is removed from a home as a result of incarceration, children or young adults must assume a level of responsibility they are often ill-equipped to handle.  “For Colored Boys, REDEMPTION” is a story that gives a voice to the voiceless by exploring the lives of everyone effected by incarceration.

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Fine Print and other details:

  • Travel, lodging and transportation to events and set visits not included in any reward bundle.
  • Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend events (premiere, set visit) 
  • Some rewards may require additional paperwork (to protect us and you)

Other ways you can help:

Visit our website at (www.forcoloredboysseries.com) to stay updated on what’s happening every step of the way and please, spread the word!

Check out the links below to our FB, Twitter and other Social Media pages and SPREAD THE WORD, far and wide about this campaign.

Have a question for our director? Reach her directly at hello@staceymuhammad.com

Have a question about the series, Reach out directly at info@forcoloredboysseries.com

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R.I.P. Chris Kelly aka Mac Daddy of Kriss Kross

Sad to hear the loss of my lil homie, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly…

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“It appears it may have been a possible drug overdose,” said Cpl. Kay Lester, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County police.

 

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Chris Kelly, of the 90′s Hip-Hop group, Kriss Kross, has died, according to legendary Atlanta radio host DJ Greg Street, music producer Bryan-Michael Cox and others in the music business who have taken to Twitter to offer condolences.

Street released the following statement:

Sad to hear the loss of my lil homie, Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly. I met him and Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith in ’93. Their song “Jump” had been #1 on the billboard charts for eight weeks. Everyone knows Kriss Kross for their music and the crazy way they used to dress, but once they started working with So So Def, they became family.

Kriss Kross just performed at the 20th anniversary of So So Def.

Around 7:45 I received a phone call from his cousin saying they had found Kelly at the house just 20 minutes earlier and he was unresponsive.

I just received confirmation that he has passed.

Source:  News One

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Blessings to his family, friends, and fam.  Our prayers go out to you!