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Chonkyfire (5:19)

Produced by OutKast for Earthtone

Here's a clue: If you want to know where the ever-evolving OutKast will go on a subsequent release, peep the last track from the previous album. True to form, OutKast peers down the wormhole, offering a preview of the Stankonia to come with a song driven by electric guitar wails, fuzzy amp feedback, and a lyrical challenge to elevate issued to all those closed-minded MCs.

Andre 3000: I remember reading about human beings and how if everybody is in the same place, humanity can go to another dimension. And when I'm saying that and recording that - "You are now entering the fifth dimension of ascension/Our only mission is to take you high" - that's what I'm thinking. I was just trying to make the impossible out of music, make people rise in some kind of way.

Rico Wade: Dre did that beat, I remember that being the complete shit. But that's when they had started messing with them guitars and they might've just kept putting them motherfuckers on there. A lotta them songs got that extra "waawaahaa," like they were just overcompensating. That's what I remember. Then when you get to the next album, they had mastered using the musicians.

Tomi Martin (guitarist): "Chonkyfire" was actually a last minute decision of Dre's as far as I remember. When I went to Southern Tracks to cut the song, there was a rare Fender amp that I was stoked about using. So Dre told me to go in the booth and do whatever I wanted. The track was already killer so it was really easy to just get a great tone and wail.

Andre 3000: Everybody knows in Atlanta, Tomi Martin is the muthafucka. I just call what I do tinkering around. It's been five years , but back then I was just doing stuff with my mouth. I don't call myself a musician, but I have the utmost respect for those that put in the amount of time it takes to . Tomi's the muthafucka.


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