Ms. Jackson

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"Ms. Jackson"
Ms. Jackson.jpg
Single by OutKast
from the album Stankonia
B-side
Released October 3, 2000
Format
Recorded 2000
Genre Alternative hip hop
Length
  • 4:30 (album version)
  • 4:03 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Earthtone III
OutKast singles chronology
"B.O.B"
(2000)
"Ms. Jackson"
(2000)
"So Fresh, So Clean"
(2001)

"B.O.B"
(2000)
"Ms. Jackson"
(2000)
"So Fresh, So Clean"
(2001)
Music video
"Ms. Jackson" on YouTube

"Ms. Jackson" is a song by American alternative hip hop duo OutKast. It was released on October 3, 2000, as the second single from their fourth album, Stankonia. It topped the US charts, 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 of the "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years"[1] and in June of the same year Rolling Stone ranked it at number 55 in their "100 Best Songs of the 2000s".[2]

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 US Billboard Hot 100 and only reached number 69 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[3]

Background and writing[edit]

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."[4] The song was inspired, in part, by Andre's relationship with Erykah Badu and her mother.[5]

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.

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."

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.[2]

Track listing[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 and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "OutKast, 'Ms. Jackson'". Rolling Stone. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2017. 
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Stankonia > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))
  4. ^ Vibe Magazine, October 2003, p. 128
  5. ^ Johnson, Cherise. Erykah Badu Shares How The Real "Ms. Jackson" Felt About Outkast's Apologetic Hit. Retrieved on November 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
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  32. ^ "JAHRESHITPARADE 2001" (in German). Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
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  42. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 21 May 2018. 
  43. ^ "British single certifications – Outkast – Ms Jackson". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 21 May 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Ms Jackson in the search field and then press Enter.
  44. ^ "American single certifications – Outkast – Ms. Jackson". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 21 May 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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