Ghetto Musick / Prototype

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"Ghetto Musick" / "Prototype"
Ghettomusick Prototype.jpg
Single by OutKast
from the album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Released November 22, 2004
Format CD
Recorded 2003
Genre Southern hip hop, alternative hip hop, R&B
Length 3:56 ("Ghetto Musick")
5:26 ("Prototype")
Label LaFace Records/Arista Records/RCA Records/Sony BMG
Writer(s) OutKast
Producer(s) André 3000
OutKast singles chronology
"Ghetto Musick" / "Prototype"
"Mighty O"
Alternative cover
"Ghetto Musick" single, B-sided with "She Lives in My Lap"

"Ghetto Musick" / "Prototype" is the fourth and final single to be released from hip-hop duo OutKast's fifth studio album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003). "Ghetto Musick" (also written as one word, "Ghettomusick") can be found on Disc 1 (Speakerboxxx) and "Prototype" can be found on Disc 2 (The Love Below).

Song information[edit]

"Ghetto Musick" is found on Big Boi's disc Speakerboxxx. The song was released in the UK as the first single from the album. It peaked at number 55 on the UK Singles Chart. It was later released elsewhere as a double A-side single with "Prototype". The song samples vocals from Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need and Want You". LaBelle also appears in the video lip syncing to her vocals. "Prototype" is found on André 3000's disc The Love Below, and was released as a double A-side single with "Ghetto Musick". It did not receive as much promotion as "Ghetto Musick", only being promoted with its double A-side single release and its music video.

A version of "Ghetto Musick" with edited lyrics is used as a soundtrack for NBA Live 2004.

Music videos[edit]

The music video for "Ghetto Musick" featured Big Boi during his daily routine as a "Delivery Boi" for Fed Up, a deliberate reference to FedEx. He eats lunch at Patti LaBelle's house, delivers packages to a sorority house—a group of gang members he evades a fight with and an attractive female who tries to sleep with him before her husband arrives with a bat. It's mostly comedic and meant to reflect a Southern environment, including fictional exaggerations of Southern culture such as a "Fish and Grits" restaurant. The video for "Prototype" has a white-haired Andre 3000, who, after landing on Earth with other interstellar travelers, falls in love with a woman played by model and actress Michelle Van Der Water in an idyllic rural area.[1]

Remixes and freestyles[edit]

In 2005, under the moniker K Dot, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar did a remix with Punch on his mixtape, Training Day.[citation needed]

In 2013, Tame Impala covered this song in studio for Triple J's Like A Version[2]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Prototype" (radio edit) – 3:53
  2. "Ghetto Musick" (Hey Ya! radio edit) – 3:56
  3. "Prototype" (video CD-ROM) - 4:22
  4. "Ghetto Musick" (video CD-ROM) - 3:59
  1. "Prototype" (radio edit) – 3:53
  2. "Ghetto Musick" (Benny Benassi Club Mix) – 6:00
  3. "Spread" – 3:51
  4. "Unhappy" – 3:56
UK CD single
  1. "Ghetto Musick" (radio edit) – 3:56
  2. "Ghetto Musick" (Benny Benassi Club Mix) – 6:00
UK 7" vinyl single
  1. "Prototype" (UK radio edit) – 3:53
  2. "Prototype" (instrumental) – 5:26
UK 12" vinyl single
  1. "Prototype" (radio edit) - 3:53
  2. "Ghetto Musick" (radio edit) – 3:56
  3. "Unhappy" – 3:56
  4. "Prototype" – 5:26
USA 12" vinyl single
  1. "Ghetto Musick" (radio edit) – 3:56
  2. "Ghetto Musick" (Benny Benassi Club Mix) – 6:00
  3. "Ghetto Musick" (instrumental) – 3:56
  4. "She Lives in My Lap" (radio edit) – 4:11
  5. "She Lives in My Lap" (Club Mix) – 11:12
  6. "She Lives in My Lap" (Instrumental) – 4:11

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2004-05) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 43
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 152
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 852
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 21
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 931
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 632

1 "Ghetto Musick"
2 "Prototype"

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