Nothing Lasts Forever: A Decade With “Hey Ya!”

Nothing Lasts Forever: Outkast

On September 9, 2003, OutKast released “Hey Ya!” the first single off their highly anticipated double album Speakerboxx/The Love Below which would later become one of the most beloved songs of the millennium. Since its release, “Hey Ya!” has stayed a ubiquitous force in pop-culture, staying on the radio, soundtracking weddings and bar mitzvahs alike, and had children and grandparents “shake it like a Polaroid picture.” Though the sugary pop of “Hey Ya!” was hardly representative of the progressive Atlanta hip-hop of OutKast as a group, the song was the duo’s most lasting impact on popular culture and is even considered one of the best pop songs ever. Due to “Hey Ya!’s” clear-cut success, OutKast’s ambitious double album Speakerboxx/The Love Below remains the highest-selling hip-hop release of all-time, going Platinum over 11 times and edging out influential releases like Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP and The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death.

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5 Acts You May Have Missed At Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 2014

Lollapalooza always has its highs and lows. But each year, the highlights come from the smaller acts who can surprise and win over crowds. While the rest of the masses and festival recappers were attending more popular shows at bigger stages, five acts secretly stole the show.

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Rewind: Harvey Danger Was More Than “Flagpole Sitta”

Rewind: Harvey Danger

Rewind is a new feature at The Airspace. It’s a personal look at the bands and records that didn’t really reach commercial or critical success but still deserve praise.

In the first segment, writer Josh Terry covers Harvey Danger, a band whose talent and music goes far deeper than their one hit, “Flagpole Sitta.”

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Yeezus Talks: Sinking Into Kanye’s New Album

Yeezus Talks

Airspace writers Blake J. Graham, Josh Terry, and Tony Russo gathered around the (virtual) table to talk about Kanye West’s latest album Yeezus. Lyrics, music, and history are deconstructed then analyzed as the trio determines if Yeezus is an album worth remembering.

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Cause I Feel Alive: Summer Songs of 2013

As someone with too much time on his hands, I’ve always made seasonal mixtapes and talked with friends about our favorite “summer jams”—a term that really only realized means, “songs you listen to and enjoy during summer.” Even Billboard has been tracking its Hot 100 from Memorial Day to Labor Day, naming it the annual “Songs of the Summer” Chart and further rendering the concept of summer songs pretty much meaningless. Music is rarely seasonal. You can make obvious exceptions like dubbing Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago a “winter album” and most of The Beach Boys’ discography as perfect “summer albums” but even then, it pigeonholes music into a limited function. For this list, there’s no scientific method for picking these songs other than the fact that these tracks were released in 2013, are humble recommendations, and might remind you of summer.

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The 15 Best Lines from Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’

Set for release through Def Jam and GOOD Music on June 18th, Kanye West’s sixth studio album, Yeezus, has leaked. In the follow-up to the critically acclaimed hip-hop opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye returns to a dark form and then some. The key difference being, this album lacks the star-studded roster of guest verses. Nevertheless, we at the Airspace have worked to single out the moments of brilliance in the oft-underrated lyrical workings of Mr. West.

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Coachella Inside Out: An Indie Pilgrimage for the Masses

It’s a behemoth. Two weekends, 90,000 people each, four security check points, 175 bands: all happening in the middle-of-nothing desert. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was born in the age of the compact discs. Its debut in 1999 brought headliners Beck, Morrissey, Rage Against the Machine, Tool, and Pavement. 25,000 people showed up in the desert in October to hear them play. In the space between then and now, Coachella evolved from one two day weekend that failed to make a profit, to an international mega-fest which seems too big to fail.

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The Greatest Songs You Never Heard, 2012

As the dust settles in the wake of all the best music of 2012 lists, one thing is clear: some music has gone under the radar. Some LPs and EPs were critically unappreciated, underplayed, or underhyped throughout 2012. And at The Airspace, we think that is just wrong. So here is our list—not merely of the best music—but of the best music you probably overlooked.

In alphabetical order.

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From The Lollapalooza Desk: Leave The Meter Running

“Some of the things I’ve said in the past month have taken some fear away from myself,” says Frank Ocean timidly into the mic. “I’m grateful for that love.” The four-piece band eases in and Ocean starts: “Taxi driver/ be my shrink for the hour.” Two minutes into “Bad Religion,” Ocean’s R&B art confessional, I’m crying like an infant.

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From the Lollapalooza Desk: Burnt and Hallowed Grounds

“Weed!” giggles an eighteen year old wearing nothing but a bandana to cover her chest. She does a little flutter kick in the air before pirouetting. Spinning without much control, she stops herself upon hitting another person. She plants a wet kiss on this strangers face, blushes, then runs away. A group of three fifty-year-old women headed from the bar tent walk past me while laughing to one another. “This is the time we would run into our kids, while we’re each double fisting!” One of the mothers snorts, sloshing the foam of her Hoegaarden onto the grounds of Grant Park.

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