“When I first met my SpottieOttieDopaliscious Angel, I can remember that damn thing like yesterday…”
Pages, dare I say volumes, of TSS have been devoted not just to Outkast, but to Aquemini as a stand-alone work. And no matter how many people claim it as their favorite album, it still feels personal to me. I – as with many of you – know every word, and they take me like a flip book through every other moment in my life when I listened to this pinnacle of Hip-Hop greatness. In church we call it “a mountaintop moment.” That moment of clarity when you know you’ve witnessed true perfection.
Although every track on Aquemini is brilliant for some reason or another, perhaps there is none more exemplary of this album’s unique quality than “SpottieOttieDopaliscious.” It is absolutely a nighttime, headlights-on-pavement, spit-shine-polish-on-your-clean-car, windows-down, my-night-starts-at-midnight, type of song. Need I mention the horns? Need I mention the lackadaisical character of André and Big Boi’s walk through Atlanta nightlife? Need I mention Sleepy Brown’s dream-like hook? Need I mention the building drums at the end that dissolve out with a Wah-Wah pedal like pools of rain into pavement? Need I mention this is a seven-minute track that feels way too short? Need I mention that if you really studied this album, and bought an original pressing of it, you’d know it was spelled “SpottieOttieDogaliscious,” with a “G,” on the original track listing? Need I even mention that even my dad likes this track?
What makes this song rise above all else is that André and Big Boi seem to have understood its strength and didn’t get in the way. Neither of them shine too hard or try too tough to best the music. They just roll with it. And it’s beautiful.
Outkast – “SpottieOttieDopaliscious”