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Aquemini
Aquemini
Studio album by OutKast

Released

29 September 1998

Recorded

1997-1998 at Bosstown Recording Studios (Atlanta, GA) and Doppler Studios (Atlanta, GA)

Genre

Hip hop

Length

74:47

Label

LaFace

Producer

Babyface (exec.), Organized Noize, OutKast, David "Mr. DJ" Sheats

OutKast chronology

Previous

ATLiens (1996)

Next

Stankonia (2000)

Aquemini is the third studio album by American hip hop duo OutKast, released in 1998 on LaFace Records. The title is a portmanteau of the two group members' Zodiac signs: Aquarius for Big Boi and Gemini for André 3000, which is indicative of the album's recurring theme of the differing personalities of the two members. The album was recorded in Bobby Brown's Bosstown Recording Studios and Doppler Studios, both in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Released as the follow-up to the duo's 1996 album ATLiensAquemini expands on the outer space-inspired compositions by incorporating live instrumentation already introduced by the group's previous release. The commercial success of ATLiens allowed for more creative freedom for the group, which led to OutKast self-producing the majority of the tracks. The group employed a large number of live musicians for the album, who had a major influence on the writing development of the album's songs. Lyrically, Aquemini explores various themes including human nature, addiction, and interpersonal relationships. 

The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. It was released to rave reviews from music critics, who praised the album's musicality and unique lyrical themes. Aquemini was certified platinum in November 1998, only two months after its release, and was certified double platinum in July 1999 by the RIAA. It was ranked #500 in the book version of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Hold On, Be Strong" - - Donny Mathis, OutKast 1:11
2. "Return of the "G"" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Brown, Morodor, Murray, Patton, Wade Organized Noize 4:49
3. "Rosa Parks" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Patton OutKast 5:24
4. "Skew It on the Bar-B" André 3000, Big Boi, Raekwon Benjamin, Brown, Murray, Patton, Stevens, Wade, Woods Organized Noize 3:15
5. "Aquemini" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Patton OutKast 5:19
6. "Synthesizer" André 3000, Big Boi, George Clinton Benjamin, Clinton, Patton OutKast 5:11
7. "Slump" André 3000, Big Boi Bell, Benjamin, Patton, Williams OutKast 5:09
8. "West Savannah" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Brown, Murray, Patton, Wade Organized Noize 4:03
9. "Da Art of Storytellin' (Pt. 1)" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Patton, Sheats David "Mr. DJ" Sheats 3:43
10. "Da Art of Storytellin' (Pt. 2)" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Patton, Sheats David "Mr. DJ" Sheats 2:48
11. "Mamacita" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Brown, Hogans, Johnson, Murray, Patton, Wade Organized Noize 5:52
12. "SpottieOttieDopalicious" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Brown, Patton OutKast 7:07
13. "Y'all Scared" André 3000, Big Boi, Big Gipp, Khujo, T-Mo Barnett, Benjamin, Gipp, Knight, Patton, Sheats David "Mr. DJ" Sheats 4:50
14. "Chonkyfire" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Patton OutKast 6:10
15. "Nathaniel" - - - 1:10
16. "Liberation" André 3000, Big Boi, Cee-Lo Bailey, Benjamin, Burton, Crenshaw, Gilliam, Patton, Wright OutKast 8:46

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