Song of the Week: Big Boi feat. Andre 3000 & Raekwon – “Royal Flush”

If you can’t tell by the YouTube video ranking every Outkast album, we are big fans of André 3000 and Big Boi over here. So it should be no surprise that I am once again choosing an Outkast song for Song of the Week, this time being Big Boi’s “Royal Flush” featuring Raekwon and 3000. Yeah, I guess it’s not technically an Outkast song but let me indulge for a moment. Here are some thoughts about “Royal Flush”:

  • For whatever reason, I had this filed under Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty in my iTunes Music app. That album came out in 2010 (which I actually reviewed back then) with “Royal Flush” coming out in 2008. More importantly, it doesn’t appear on the album’s final tracklist.
  • I remember hearing this on V-107 back in the day too. I didn’t hear the DJ introduction so I then assumed it was the return of the mighty Outkast. Nah.
  • This is basically a sequel to “Skew It On The Bar-B” off Aquemini. Chef even kinda had the same flow.
  • I wonder do people send André 3000 songs for features with an idea on long he can rap and he just doesn’t listen? “Royal Flush” is a little over three minutes and Dre’s verse is almost two minutes long.
  • That’s not me complaining though. The ATL legend ends the song and once again blacks out, bending and stretching words to his will. (Pause?)
  • It’s cool when the kids call me Sunny, the hood calls me Stacks/The B’s call me honey, Hollywood calls me back”
  • Of course, 3000 is talking about his character Sunny Bridges from Class of 3000. That was a good show and basically his version of The Magic School Bus. Can we get a reboot of that? And also Freaknik: The Musical while we are asking for things.
  • Around 2008, Mr. Andre Benjamin was coming off a hot streak in Hollywood from doing notable movies like Be Cool, Four Brothers, and Semi-Pro. Now looking back at it, it feels like he is having the same sporadic output with movies as with his music. He’ll show up in a movie about Jimi Hendrix (A movie doesn’t actually didn’t have the rights to Jimi Hendrix’s music) and then he won’t do a movie for five years. He won’t show up on TV for eight years and then he is in some random show created by Jason Segel.
  • You know a rapper is talented when he raps the hokey pokey and it doesn’t come out wack.
  • This verse reminds me a lot of the one from Kanye West’s “Life of the Party”. That’s crazy because it’s a thirteen-year span between songs. It also shows why André 3000 is one of the great. Check out the Song of the Week below [claps hands together] BREAK!