Roses (Outkast song)

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"Roses"
Single by OutKast
from the album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Released May 25, 2004
Format CD single
Genre R&B, soul, hip hop
Length 6:09
Writer(s) André 3000, Big Boi, Matt Boykin
Producer(s) André 3000, Dojo5
Certification Platinum (ARIA)[1]
Platinum (RIAA)
OutKast singles chronology
"The Way You Move"
(2004)
"Roses"
(2004)
"Ghetto Musick"/"Prototype"
(2004)

"Roses" is a track by OutKast from their 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. It appears on André 3000's The Love Below disc, and is the only track on his disc to feature Big Boi. The track was largely popular in the United Kingdom and United States where it peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also had large popularity in Australia, reaching #2 on the Australian Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

The video heavily references the stage musical West Side Story and features cameo appearances from Paula Abdul, Lukas Haas, Kevin McDonald, Fonzworth Bentley, members of the Dungeon Family, Katt Williams, Faizon Love, and DeRay Davis.

An unknown person is flipping through a Stankonia yearbook and comes on the photo of Caroline Jones (played by April Clark), "Biggest Flirt". After Caroline leaves the bathroom with her girls, Big Boi is shown with his crew. He opens a response to the note he gave to Caroline, asking if she'd be his valentine. Rather than checking off the Yes or No boxes Big Boi put on the paper, she adds her own 'Maybe' option. Upset, Big Boi calls his crew to ride with him to the school.

André 3000 is shown to be heading a musical on stage, where he sings the song and parodies Caroline, though Caroline herself is oblivious to the parody. During this time, Big Boi’s crew, Speakerboxxx, drives to the school, performing acts of vandalism such as knocking mailboxes off. When Big Boi crashes the auditorium where the play is being held, Speakerboxxx announces their arrival, which is followed by the men on the stage announcing themselves as The Love Below.

Despite the pleas of the principal for no fighting, the two groups confront each other in the middle of the auditorium and start a large fight. Most of the students wind up in the fight, including the principal himself (played by Kevin McDonald). Big Boi moves away from the fight and directs his rap to an uncaring Caroline. In the end, an effeminate man (played by Katt Williams) hands Caroline a red rose and says, "Alright, now you be here with the Speakerboxes and the Love Ahead, or you can get with the Katt and some bread. Huh, what do you think? Shall we go? Moving..." As they leave together, he tells her to "take one final look at the past" as they pause, take a look at the chaos behind them, and depart. André 3000 himself is carried off, and the scene goes back to the yearbook, where the reader (presumably director, Bryan Barber) falls asleep after getting to "The End".

Track listings[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Roses" (album version) – 6:09
  2. "Church" – 3:09
UK CD2
  1. "Roses" (radio edit) – 4:14
  2. "Roses" (album version) – 6:09
  3. "Roses" (instrumental) – 4:43
  4. "Roses" (video) – 4:14
UK 12" limited edition picture disc
  1. "Roses" (album version) – 6:09
  2. "Church" – 3:09
USA 12" vinyl single
  1. "Roses" (radio edit) – 4:14
  2. "Roses" (album version) – 6:09
  3. "Roses" (instrumental) – 4:43
  4. "Roses" (club mix) – 6:14
  5. "Roses" (a cappella) – 5:25

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Chart (2004)[2][3] Peak
position
Argentina (Argentina Top 20) 14
Australia (ARIA)[4] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 18
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 10
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 15
Europe (Official Top 100 Singles) 15
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 21
Ireland (IRMA) 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 65
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 7
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 2