Speakerboxxx / The Love Below


Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is Atlanta duo OutKast’s fifth studio album. Released on September 23, 2003, the album is actually two separate halves—Big Boi’s Speakerboxxx and André 3000’s The Love Below.

The lead single from the project was the infectious “Hey Ya!” whose Ed Sullivan Show-inspired music video was one of the most memorable of the decade. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as did “The Way You Move,” Big Boi’s lead single from Speakerboxxx.

The project has been certified diamond and 11 times platinum by the RIAA. It came together after André 3000 took a brief hiatus to try his hand at acting. Not finding much success in Hollywood, he promptly returned to music and started on a solo project that combined funk, soul and jazz—a departure from OutKast’s earlier work.

He began recording The Love Below in his home. In an interview with XXL, he explained the benefits of not working in the studio: “It didn’t start in the studio because if you have a bunch of people around, they’re coming from the party and I’m in there singing falsetto… those vibes didn’t match.”

Big Boi hopped on the project with a similar vision. “The idea was just to keep it funky, keep it jamming, it’s always bass-heavy.” The two eventually moved to their Stankonia Studios in Atlanta to finish the project. By the end of its conception, André 3000 had been working in four separate studios—it’s estimated that a total of 120 songs were recorded for the double album.

The album was incredibly well-received and won the Album of the Year Grammy Award in 2004. Critics speculated as to why they were recording separately, but both albums were described as “visionary, imaginative listens, providing some of the best music of 2003, regardless of genre.”

Song Credits

Featuring: Bamboo Patton , Big Gipp , CeeLo Green , JAY-Z , Jazze Pha , Kelis , Khujo Goodie , Killer Mike , Konkrete , Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz , Ludacris , Mello , Norah Jones , Rosario Dawson , Sleepy Brown , Slimm Calhoun
Producers: André 3000 , Big Boi , Carl Mo , DJ Cutmaster Swiff , Dojo5 , Gnat Booty , Mr. DJ
Writers: André 3000 , Big Boi , Big Gipp , Black Owned C Bone , Bunny Sigler , Carl Mo , CeeLo Green , DJ Cutmaster Swiff , Donny Mathis , Doug King , Eric Vidal , Isaac Hayes , James Hollins , JAY-Z , Jazze Pha , John Coltrane , Kenneth Gamble , Kevin Kendrick , Khujo Goodie , Killer Mike , Lil’ Brotha , Ludacris , Matt Boykin , Mr. DJ , Myrna “Peaches” Crenshaw , Nick Vidal , Oscar Hammerstein II , OutKast , Richard Rodgers , R. Kelly , Roger Troutman , Scarface , Sleepy Brown , Slimm Calhoun , Supa Nate , Volume 10 , Willie D
Additional Vocals: Jazze Pha , Joi , King Stephen , Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz , Myrna “Peaches” Crenshaw , Patti LaBelle , Rabeka Tunei , Rosario Dawson , Sleepy Brown
Assistant Mixing Engineer: Alex Reverberi , Chris Steffen , Donald “Donnie Cash” Whittemore , Greg Burns , Greg Price , Jared Robbins , Malik Albert , Russell Buelna , Sean Tallman , Warren Bletcher
Assistant Recording Engineer: Chris Carmouche , Chris Steffen , Greg Burns , Jared Robbins , Jeff Moses , Josh Monroy , Padraic “Padlock” Kerin , Rabeka Tunei , Russell Buelna , Vincent Alexander , Warren Bletcher
Backing Vocals: André 3000 , Backbone , Big Boi , Big Gipp , Debra Killings , Jazze Pha , Joi , Killer Mike , Marianne Lee Stiff , Mello , Mildryln Andrews , Myrna “Peaches” Crenshaw , Sleepy Brown , Tori Alamaze
Bass: Aaron Mills , Debra Killings , Kevin Brandon , Kevin O’Neal
Cello: Catherine Chan , John Krovoza , Lisa Chien , Martin Smith (Cellist)
Co-Producer: Big Boi
Concertmaster: Charles Veal
Conductor: Benjamin Wright
Congas: Rajinder “Conga Man” Kala
Contrabass: Kelvin O’Neal , Kevin Brandon
Cuts By: DJ Cutmaster Swiff
Digital Editor: FultonYard
Director: André 3000 , Bryan Barber , John Frisbee
Double Bass: Kevin Brandon
Drum Programmer: Big Boi
Drums: Jef Van Veen , Victor Alexander
Electric Bass: Kevin Smith (Bass)
Guitar: André 3000 , Darryl Smith (Guitarist) , David Whild , Donny Mathis , Kevin Kendrick , Tomi Martin , ZaZa (Guitarist)
Hollering: Big Boi
Horns: Hornz Unlimited , Jason Freeman , Jerry Freeman , Kebbi Williams , Richard Owens
Horns Arranger: Hornz Unlimited
Keyboards: André 3000 , Big Boi , Kevin Kendrick , Marvin “Chanz” Parkman
Label: Arista Records , LaFace Records
Lead Guitar: André 3000
Mastering Engineer: Bernie Grundman , Brian Gardner
Mixed At: Enterprise Studios, Burbank, CA , Hit Factory Studios, NYC , Larrabee North, North Hollywood, CA , Larrabee Sound Studios , Stankonia Recording, Atlanta, GA
Mixing Engineer: Dexter Simmons , John Frye , Kevin KD Davis , Neal Pogue , Pete Novak
Organ: Marvin “Chanz” Parkman
Performance Rights: ASCAP
Performer: Amanda Qasha Aman , André 3000 , E-Mac (Dallas) , Fonzworth Bentley , Henry Welch , Toni Hunter
Piano: Kevin Kendrick
Premixing Engineer: John Frye , Pete Novak
Programmer: André 3000 , Big Boi , Slimm Jim
Publisher: BMG , BMG Monarch , Gnat Booty Music
Recording Engineer: Brian Paturalski , Chris Carmouche , Darrell Thorp , John Frye , Maka Nagatani , Matt Still , Padraic “Padlock” Kerin , Pete Novak , Reggie Dozier , Robert Hannon , Vincent Alexander
Saxophone: Gary Harris
Scratches: DJ Cutmaster Swiff
Strings: The Benjamin Wright Orchestra , David Arenz , David Braitberg , Eleanor Arenz , Eric V. Johnson , Ricky Keller , Sanford Salzinger , William Murphy
Strings Arranger: Benjamin Wright , Ricky Keller
Tenor Saxophone: André 3000
Trumpet: Hornz Unlimited , Jason Freeman , Jerry Freeman , Kebbi Williams , Richard Owens
Upright Bass: Moffet Morris
Video Cameos By: Big Gipp , DeRay Davis , Faizon Love , Fonzworth Bentley , Katt Williams , Kevin McDonald , Khujo Goodie , Lukas Haas , Paula Abdul , T-Mo , Tyler Perry
Viola: Marcy Vaj , Michele Nardone , Patrick Morgan , Robin Ross
Violin: Charles Veal , Gina Kronstadt , James Sitterly , Louis Kabok , Marisa McLeod , Mark Cargill , Mark Casillas , Richard Adkins , Tibor Zelig , Yarda Kettner