Outkast Research Paper

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Most rappers in the music industry take advantage of their underprivileged upbringing in the ghettos, and to many, this may seem as if they are trying to imply that it is cool or hip to live in poverty. Though music is one of the best ways to express one self, I do not understand why even though most rappers have moved out of their old “hoods,” they still continue to make them a large part of their lyrics. When I listen to music, not only do I listen for a catchy beat or rhythm, but also meaningful lyrics that are not only creative but somewhat mirror the forward progression of ideas in America today. When I look at the musical career of the rap group Outkast, it is easy to see why they have become the standard for what listeners of rap would…show more content…
R.A.P., or rhythm and poetry, gives the impression that it far more complex than just singing about fantasy materialistic things. “Poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response.” I believe that Outkast’s progression of lyrical content and musical talent demonstrates just that. When listening to an Outkast song, it is not uncommon to find myself pressing the rewind button or searching for the actual lyrics to attempt to sing along. One of the most impressive parts of Outkast is their ability to “flow” or manipulate words to rhyme in different schemes and speeds. Outkast consists of two rappers Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton. They often partnered with the rap group Goodie Mob and have always been produced by Organized Noiz. (citation). In their first album “southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” the Andre and Antwan had just come out of high school but, were already showing the potential of intellectual lyrics, however, they were caught up with the derogatory concepts often criticized in other modern rap songs. In the song “Git Up, Git Out,” the hook of the song shows the idea of growing up and getting out of the

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