Archive | Jan 08, 2019

Certain Songs #1420: OutKast – “B.O.B”

Album: Stankonia
Year: 2000

In his review of Give ‘Em Enough Rope, Robert Christgau noted that their “recent strategy has been to cram their dense, hard sound so full of growls and licks and offhand remarks that it never stops exploding.” That’s kind of how I feel about my favorite OutKast songs from Stankonia — things like “Gasoline Dreams,” “So Fresh, So Clean” and the utterly without precedent “B.O.B,” which sounded unbelievable in 2000 and still sounds fucking great today.

A glorious mix of electronica, rock, gospel and hip-hop, “B.O.B” starts running as fast as it possibly can from the start, and it doesn’t even care if you keep up or not, while both Big Boi and Andre 3000 are both so amped that they’re just tossing words out as fast as they can over massive electronic beats and a church organ, or maybe a synth burble, so maybe you might catch a phrase or two before it zips by you — “1-9-9-9” “cure for cancer, cure for aids” “packed your lunch” “control like Janet” — or maybe you don’t.