If I had to make a playlist of songs to listen to while looking at the stars, there’s no doubt Da Art of Storytellin’ (Pt. 1) by Outkast would be on it. The instrumental to this song is amazing; I’m actually surprised that it has only been sampled once (by J.Cole “Land of the Snakes). The synthesizer and bass bring a galactic, starry vibe to the instrumental, while the drums add a jazzy feel. It’s a prime example of Outkast’s underrated ability to mix funk, jazz, electronic music and hip hop.
The lyrics and the instrumental combine for a story time from two of the greatest lyricists in rap, Andre 3000 and Big Boi. Most Outkast songs tend to have an anatomy to them; the verses are killed with amazing wordplay, and the song is brought together with a catchy hook that forcefully makes you bob your head; this song is no exception. Outkast’s powerful influence in 90s rap eventually leaked into the 2000s and present day rap, making them trail blazers in a unique subgenre of rap. This song and the album it’s featured on, Aquemini, will forever be a staple of 90s music.