Ms. Jackson

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"Ms. Jackson"
Single by OutKast
from the album Stankonia
B-side "Sole Sunday",
"Elevators (Me & You)"
Released January 2, 2001
Format 12", CD
Recorded 2000
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length 4:30 (Album Version)
4:03 (Radio Edit)
Label Arista
Writer(s) André Benjamin, Antwan Patton, David Sheats
Producer(s) Earthtone III
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Silver (BPI)
OutKast singles chronology
"B.O.B"
(2000)
"Ms. Jackson"
(2001)
"So Fresh, So Clean"
(2001)

"Ms. Jackson" is a song by American alternative hip hop group OutKast. It was released in January 2001 as the second single from their fourth album Stankonia. It topped the U.S. charts for the week of February 17, 2001, and won a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. It also reached number one in Germany and number two in the United Kingdom, held from the top spot by Atomic Kitten's "Whole Again". In October 2011, NME placed it at number 81 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[1]

The single helped sell the album following the commercial underperformance of the lead single "B.O.B.", which, despite nearly universal acclaim from critics, failed to chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and only reached #69 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[2]

The song samples The Brothers Johnson's version (with pitch shifting and reversing) of "Strawberry Letter 23" by Shuggie Otis[citation needed] and features an altered version of a tune from "Bridal Chorus" from the opera Lohengrin by German composer Richard Wagner (also known as the "wedding march"), played on piano.[citation needed]

The song features live bass instrumentation, performed by Aaron Mills of Cameo, the music of which "Ms. Jackson" bears notable similarity to in arrangement.

Etymology[edit]

The titular "Ms. Jackson" is the real-life mother of Erykah Badu, André 3000's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son Seven.[citation needed]

Content[edit]

The song discusses the problems that break-ups, separation, and divorce can have on a couple, and the animosity that a woman's mother can have for her daughter's former boyfriend or husband. In Vibe, a few years after the fact, Andre recalled creating the song; "'Ms. Jackson' was an acoustic guitar song that I was doing at home. Then I just converted it over into something people could understand a little bit more."



The video works as a possible metaphor for the duo's "stormy" relationships with the mothers of their children and their families (themes expressed by the duo in the song). The storm theme is alluded to in the song, particularly by André 3000: "Me and your daughter got a special thing going on/You say it's puppy love, we say it's full grown/Hope that we feel this, feel this way forever/You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can't predict the weather, Ms. Jackson."

In popular culture[edit]

Tracklisting[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Ms. Jackson" (UK Radio Edit) – 3:36
  2. "Elevators (Me & You)" – 4:56
  3. "Ms. Jackson" (Video) – 4:58
UK CD2
  1. "Ms. Jackson" (Radio Mix) – 4:03
  2. "Ms. Jackson" (Instrumental) – 4:34
  3. "Sole Sunday" (Radio Mix) - 4:41
  4. "Sole Sunday" (Instrumental) - 4:41
European CD Single
  1. "Ms. Jackson" (Radio Mix) – 4:03
  2. "Ms. Jackson" (Instrumental) – 4:34

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 5
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[7] 9
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 8
France (SNEP)[10] 5
Germany (Media Control AG)[11] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 5
Italy (FIMI)[13] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[17] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[23] 13

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"I Wish" by R. Kelly
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
December 16, 2000 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child
Preceded by
"Danger (Been So Long)" by Mystikal featuring Nivea
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number one single
February 3, 2001 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Stutter" by Joe featuring Mystikal
Preceded by
"It Wasn't Me" by Shaggy featuring Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 17, 2001 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Stutter" by Joe featuring Mystikal

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nme.com/list/150-best-tracks-of-the-past-15-years/248648/page/7
  2. ^ allmusic ((( Stankonia > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  4. ^ "Outkast – Ms. Jackson – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Outkast – Ms. Jackson" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Outkast – Ms. Jackson" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "OutKast > Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". Tracklisten. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "Outkast: Ms. Jackson" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – Outkast – Ms. Jackson" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  11. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  12. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  13. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". Top Digital Download. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 5, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". VG-lista. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  17. ^ Romanian 2001 end-of-year charts at the Wayback Machine (archived December 9, 2002)
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". Singles Top 60. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  19. ^ "Outkast – Ms. Jackson – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  21. ^ "OutKast Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for OutKast. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  22. ^ "OutKast Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for OutKast. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  23. ^ "OutKast Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for OutKast. Retrieved July 21, 2012.

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