The story of one song: Ms. Jackson
When the track "Ms. Jackson" was released in October 2000, it quickly soared on the charts, gave the duo their first Billboard No1 single, and later won two awards, including a Grammy for Best Rap Duo or Group!
We offer to recall the history of the creation of the composition.
History of creation
"Ms. Jackson" is a song by American alternative hip hop duo OutKast. It was released on October 17, 2000 as the second single from the duo's fourth album, Stankonia. After the release of the album, André 3000 explained to journalists the etymology of the album's strange title: "Stankonia is the place where, in my fantasies, you can open up and freely express whatever you want..."
Andre Benjamin began work on the album in 1999 - the same year he broke up with his girlfriend Erica Badu, whom they had met for three years ...
The song discusses the problems that may arise due to a breakup, separation or divorce of a couple ... Andre also did not bypass the hostility that a woman's mother may experience towards her daughter's ex-boyfriend or husband.
A few years after the release of the single, Benjamin recalled creating the song:
"Ms. Jackson" was an acoustic guitar song that I often played at home. Then I just converted it into something that people could understand a little more…”
The song was partly inspired by Benjamin's personal relationship with Erika Badu and her mother. In November 2016, Badu described her initial reaction to the song, stating "it hit where it hurts the most...":
“I didn’t want to hear it, especially when the Big Boi verse started… When I heard Andre’s verse, I felt sad because his lyrics were really, really inspirational… He just said whatever was on his mind and it was his sincere feelings…"
Erica also noted that her mother liked the song, saying, "Baby, she bought herself a Miss Jackson license plate!"
But back to the single. It topped the US charts in February 2001 (for only 1 week) and also reached number one in Germany and number two in the UK. In October 2015, NME placed the track at number 81 on their "Top 150 Tracks of the Last 15 Years" list. In June of the same year, Rolling Stone ranked it number 55 on their "100 Best Songs of the 2000s" list.
The music video, featuring animals nodding to the music, was directed by Felix Gary Gray. The video won a BET Award and an MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video.
"Ms. Jackson" took OutKast far beyond hip-hop. This gentle, addictive song appealed to pop radio listeners!
Outkast performed this song at the 2002 Grammy Awards, accompanied by an orchestra, backing vocalists and a stage full of kids!
The single helped sell the album after the commercial track "BOB" fell out of favor... Despite near-universal critical acclaim, it failed to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 and only peaked at number 69 on the Billboard Hot R&B.