Liberation (5:01)

Cover of Aquemini

From Aquemini

Wrapped around a cosmic jam that travels backward through the Middle Passage, the eight-and-a-half minute opus gives trill niggas who missed a lotta church a dose of new age liberation theology to “shake that load off.”

Kawan Prather: Yeah, that Erykah, Big Rube, Cee-Lo - again random occurrences. Dre’s baby mama was Erykah Badu. I mean, damn, why wouldn’t you put your baby mama on the record if she’s Erykah Badu? It’s not like he came to the studio and said, ‘I want to put my girl on the song,’ and this bitch work at the Varsity. She’s Erykah Badu. Okay, do it.

Andre 3000: We were riding in the car and Erykah was originally supposed to be on “SpottieOttie” and somehow it ended up working out where she fit better on that. So she went off and wrote her thing and ended up coming back with something cool.

Cee-Lo: I remember we were outside shooting a video for Sleepy Brown and I think me and Big Boi were maybe burning something and he was listening to the beat, sitting out there in the car. I heard that beat and it just spoke to me.

Mr. DJ: Dre loved experimenting - not even starting out with samples, just starting out with live instruments.

Andre 3000: I was working on the music at home on the piano. And I think Chanz played on that one. He started playing these chords and then we all started vibing out and kicking in, and what you have there is the jam session.

Marvin Chanz Parkman: We had been up all night. It was like 3 in the morning. They went and pulled the baby grand out, pulled the track up and when we got through I think it was 6 a.m. We got into it, I got to running on that piano and just got lost in the vibe.


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  • weinglass

    "All you wanna do is give the world your heart, record label tried to make you compromise your art."

    5 May 7:24am Reply
  • CamelStrez

    didn't know cee-lo went back this far. makes sense he's hangin with outkast though. this song is massive.

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nahiusepandora

    This song is absolutely masterful. It deserves so much more acclaim.

    18 Nov 2014 Reply
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  • ohsolucky

    It took much longer than it should have to appreciate this track. [2] I'm ashamed of myself

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • rhinowing

    reminds me of Can [2] never thought of that but it makes a lot of sense

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Turner_Ound

    i need more of this in my librarrrrrrry!!

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    reminds me of Can

    5 Aug 2012 Reply


    5 May 2012 Reply
  • CircusRock

    This track got more juice than zeus

    23 Mar 2012 Reply
  • AdamsFM

    It took much longer than it should have to appreciate this track. [2] Used to think this track was too it's not long enough.

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • j_morrison

    It took much longer than it should have to appreciate this track.

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mikesmusic107

    My favorite by Outkast. Cee-lo is the greatest, Badu is cool, but somebody tell me what Big Rube is talkin' about? LOL That's real talk... I love it anyway! Real DEEP! (2)

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • i_feel_music

    this collaboration is absolutely epic [Erykah<3]

    23 Sep 2011 Reply
  • plasticispoison

    Cee-Lo really stamped his mark on this. Probably my favourite 'Kast track.

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • essieincali

    Epic until the final chord

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • OakViolin

    Cee-Lo + Erykah + Outkast = no greater win possible!

    4 Mar 2011 Reply
  • theking2008

    i like big boi's voice when he sings.

    26 Jan 2011 Reply
  • PinkFloydrulez

    varied time signature and tempo aren't necessary to prog either

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
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