Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Outkast 'Benz or Beamer' Feature (Rap Pages)

Outkast Benz or Beamer Lyrics Illustration Rap Pages 1995
Outkast Benz or Beamer Lyrics Illustration Rap Pages 1995

Outkast's 'Benz or Beamer' was released on the New Jersey Drive soundtrack in 1995. Ironically, the soundtrack was reviewed alongside Big L's 'Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous' in The Source & both were released 22 years ago today. 'Benz or Beamer' was one of many great tracks on the soundtrack - in fact, there were so many, Tommy Boy capitalized on the buzz and put out 2 volumes. The duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi flexed their lyrical abilities, bouncy production and storytelling on 'Benz or Beamer' so well, I was always amazed this & all their early work didn't capture more attention. It wasn't until 2000, when Outkast released 'Stankonia,' that they reached #2 on Billboard and received sales that more closely matched their talent. Will we ever get another Outkast project or a solo effort from Andre 3000? I don't know, but be clear - they are one of the best groups to ever do it regardless of what's next. The above illustration and lyrics were featured in Rap Pages, June 1995. You can see their video below.