Review : OUTKAST - Idlewild
The IndependentGiven the way that both rappers, especially Andre 3000, proved to possess such potent visual charisma during the promotion of the duo's eleven million-selling Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, it's hardly surprising that OutKast have opted to follow many of their colleagues into the movies, starring in the forthcoming Idlewild....full text
NMEOf all the entries in The Bumper Book Of Hip-Hop Clichés (the clothing line, the Mini-Me, the Phil Collins cover...) the riskiest must surely be the vanity movie. Do it well and you offer your fans a life-affirming insight into your salvation through music while building further your international super-brand (before ballsing it all up with a Phil Collins cover). Do it badly and all you do is prove that the onset of egomania has reached pathological levels....full text
GuardianIf, as Public Enemy frontman Chuck D once claimed, hip-hop is black America's answer to CNN, then the hip-hop skit - those interminable sketches that pepper every rap album - may well be black America's answer to the BBC1 sitcom My Hero: you never meet anyone who thinks they're funny, but for some reason, new ones keep getting made. But if the skit that opens OutKast's sixth album is unlikely to leave the listener requiring medical attention for injuries sustained while rolling in the aisles, it at least seems to be making a point about Hollywood snobbery....full text
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