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We all know that Outkast has been universally known and loved for a several years now, and your grandmother in the Ukraine probably has “Hey Ya!” as her ringtone. But many of us here in Atlanta find it a shame that so little attention is paid to the extended crew that they are a part of: The Dungeon Family. Sure, Ceelo finally broke the pop glass ceiling, but we’ll just have to see if Gnarls Barkley can recreate that success.
Lots of us have lamented that Sleepy Brown always seems to be the bridesmaid and never the bride. Sure, he’s been on some really huge radio hits like “The Way You Move”, but the fans point to Outkast’s “SpottieOttieDopaliscious” from Aquemini as the moment that he really showed that he could stand out. Channeling Curtis Mayfield by way of a smokey, unfamiliar nightclub – Sleepy absolutely adds the introspective, melancholy finishing touch to this sleeper classic.
Recently, Sleepy teamed up with the greasy and dusted ATL supergroup Noot d’ Noot for a track called “Living The Life”. Noot d’ Noot have roots in Southern rock, improv jazz, funk, and psychedelia. This description doesn’t really do them justice however. They are one of the most entertaining and energetic bands in town (and one of the few I go out of my way to see), and I’m not particularly a fan of improv jazz, Southern Rock, or psychedelia.
So screw my lame attempt at music journalism and just download the song and dig into some wonderful ATL cross-pollination. To me, these moments of unusual collaboration across Atlanta’s many music scenes are what I live for and one of the few things left that make the hair on the back of my neck stand up for the A. Think of the possibilities if collabs like this were a regular occurrence.