Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

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Template:Album infobox Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is the name of the 2003 double album by the two members of the hip hop group OutKast, each disc a solo project (the concept of collecting solo recordings under a band name was first used by Pink Floyd on one half of their 1969 album Ummagumma). Speakerboxxx/The Love Below won the 2003 Grammy for Album of the Year. Speakerboxxx has Big Boi performing tracks more representative of the older OutKast style, while The Love Below, the solo project of Andre 3000, is performed in a more funk-based style which has earned him some comparisons to Prince.

The album was released on September 23 2003 on Arista Records, on compact disc, vinyl LP, and audio cassette. In December 2004, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was certified diamond, with ten million units (or five million sets--double albums count as two units) shipped. MC Hammer's Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em and The Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death are the only other hip-hop albums ever certified diamond. The album also achieved critical success; it was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.


Chart success

The album reached the top of the Billboard 200 in 2003 and was a best-selling album around the world. "Hey Ya!" went to number one the Billboard Hot 100 in Canada and Australia and has charted in 28 countries around the world. "The Way You Move" also topped the US charts in 2004 and has charted in 17 countries around the world. "The Way You Move" knocked "Hey Ya" off the top of the charts in the US, the first time a band has had one song replace another of its songs since 40 years ago, when The Beatles did it in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. The third single released from the album was "Roses". The fourth and fifth singles released were "Prototype" and "GhettoMusick" respectively. In Australia, "Hey Ya!" was voted #2 on the 2003 Triple J Hottest 100, the biggest alternative music poll of its type in the country.

Featured guests on Speakerboxxx include Sleepy Brown, Jazze Pha, Jay-Z, Killer Mike, Goodie Mob, and Ludacris. Guests on The Love Below include Rosario Dawson, Norah Jones, Kelis, and Farnsworth Bentley.

Track listings


  1. "Intro"
  2. "GhettoMusick"
  3. "Unhappy"
  4. "Bowtie"
  5. "The Way You Move"
  6. "The Rooster"
  7. "Bust"
  8. "War"
  9. "Church"
  10. "Bamboo" (interlude)
  11. "Tomb of the Boom"
  12. "E-Mac" (interlude)
  13. "Knowing"
  14. "Flip Flop Rock"
  15. "Interlude"
  16. "Reset"
  17. "D-boi" (interlude)
  18. "Last Call"
  19. "Bowtie" (postlude)

The Love Below

  1. "Intro"
  2. "Love Hater"
  3. "God" (interlude)
  4. "Happy Valentines Day"
  5. "Spread"
  6. "Where Are My Panties?"
  7. "Prototype"
  8. "She Lives in My Lap"
  9. "Hey Ya"
  10. "Roses"
  11. "Good Day Good Sir" (interlude)
  12. "Behold a Lady"
  13. "Pink & Blue"
  14. "Love in War"
  15. "She's Alive"
  16. "Dracula's Wedding"
  17. "The Letter" (does not appear on the clean version of the album)
  18. "My Favorite Things"
  19. "Take Off Your Cool"
  20. "Vibrate"
  21. "A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre (Incomplete)"

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