Outkast - "Git Up, Git Out"
Back when the yellow pages were getting dropped off at my house and I could still remember my best friend's phone number by heart, I was playing Outkast albums on a Christmas gifted Sony Discman. I still remember buying each CD from the used section at Sound Garden in downtown, Baltimore. Like many of my other music fascinations, it started out in my Uncle Travis’ car. He had the Stankonia album, which Outkast dropped in 2000, laying in the back of his yellow Ford Mustang. I just saw the naked lady on the front and was immediately interested. I didn’t pick it up at the time, but I peeped game and slowly went backwards learning each record and it’s significance to current Hip Hop culture. I’d heard all these records before I had access to a cable television, or Youtube to see the accompanying visual.
“Git Up, Git Out” was one of the singles on their debut album, SoutherPlayalisticCadillacMuzic and what makes this record so special is it’s relevance to the rest of Southern Hip Hop culture. For a 14 year old going back, I could see from listening to T.I, and Killer Mike, where their southern style of lyricism had derived from, and I was totally taken back when I finally delved in. I remember laying back on my twin bed, just taking notice to what Cee-Lo and them were saying. Outkast, among others were one of the first groups that I listened to and felt like I was in the Cadillac with them. The authenticy was so thick, you would’ve had to cut through it with a knife, from the Atlanta accents, to the stories and their deep description. They weren’t worried about copying another culture because they were fascinated with their own.
When Cee-Lo admitted via the song, “ I don’t recall ever graduating at all. Sometimes I feel like I’m just a disappointment to y’all,” I felt it. He was trapped in his mistakes, but he was passionate about this music shit, and by listening to the record you knew that he made it. You pick a more passionate record that makes you want to get up, and get out, and I’ll literally show you the front door.
When the album came out, it was so forward in refreshing that many of the tastemakers didn’t consider it Hip Hop; anything from the south was considered booty music and they didn’t necessarily think those guys could handle a microphone. Listening to “ Git Up, Get Out” is profound now, because of the mainstream success of the brother’s involved especially, Cee-Lo and Outkast. I remember reading an article where L.A. Reid considered Cee-Lo just as much as a powerful writer as Andre 3000, and back then the world wasn’t hip. If you asked me when I first heard it, I’d say that Cee-Lo carried the song, and the Dungeon Family surrounded his vibe, but they all dealt extremely vicious flows and remained honest about their backgroud.
It’s hard to specifially highlight each rhyme because each emcee manages to tap into their personal lives, adding depth to Cee-Lo’s hook. Andre’s verse is about his mother’s warnings and his unpatriotic thoughts, Big Gipp’s
Watching Outkast’s performance via Youtube, and seeing the crowd’s response made me think about a couple things.Much of middle america didn’t catch onto Outkast until Andre 3000’s “Hey Ya”, and that’s okay. Many Hip Hop fans voiced their concerns on social media, because of a continuous appreciation of Outkast. For those folks, I hope they see the bigger picture, and hope that fans from “Hey Ya” to “Git Up, Git Out”, know that they’re appreciating the same people.