The 50 Best Storytelling Rap Songs

11. Outkast "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" (1998)

Album: Aquemini
Producer: OutKast
Label: LaFace/Arista

Outkast's "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" is a three-part story about the joys and perils of Atlanta nightlife delivered over lush live instrumentation and a triumphant trumpet fanfare. After a few quick lines from Organized Noize's Sleepy Brown about mobbing around town until the jakes show up, Andre paints a panorama of a youthful trip to a nightclub and all the therapeutic unwinding, loosened inhibitions and testosterone-fueled bouts of violence that follow. Big Boi's follow-up verse is about finding love there-but clinging to the party life even as it jibes with his responsibilities to his family and hinders him in the workplace. The genius of "SpottieOttieDopaliscious" is in its spot-on depiction of the Atlanta party scene: where there's as much opportunity for greatness as there is for ruin, and the outcome outcome of every night relies on the extent to which you can keep your head.

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