The Way You Move

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"The Way You Move"
The Way You Move.jpg
Single by OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown
from the album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
ReleasedAugust 25, 2003 (2003-08-25)
StudioStankonia (Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre
Length3:55
LabelLaFace, Arista
Songwriter(s)Antwan Patton, Carlton Mahone, Patrick Brown
Producer(s)Big Boi, Carl-Mo
OutKast singles chronology
"Hey Ya!"
(2003)
"The Way You Move"
(2003)
"Roses"
(2004)

"The Way You Move" is a hip-hop and soul song performed by Big Boi of American hip hop duo OutKast. The song features OutKast mentor Sleepy Brown on guest vocals. Along with "Hey Ya!", recorded by OutKast's other member André 3000, "The Way You Move" is one of the two lead singles from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast's double album project that includes a solo album from each member.

Released from Big Boi's Speakerboxxx half of the double album by LaFace and Arista Records on August 25, 2003, "The Way You Move" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 the following year, becoming OutKast's third number-one pop single, and the 900th for Billboard. In 2009, it was named the 22nd most successful song of the 2000s on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[1]

Song information[edit]

"The Way You Move" is credited to Big Boi, Sleepy Brown, and the song's producer, Carlton Mahone; Big Boi also does some co-production. Combining elements of bass music, Atlanta-style southern hip hop, and 1970s soul music, "The Way You Move" is Big Boi's light-hearted dedication to women.

The song's instrumental track is punctuated with the prominent live horn section "Hornz Unlimited" of Atlanta reminiscent of Earth Wind and Fire, which features Sleepy Brown singing in style inspired by the work of Motown star Marvin Gaye.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Bryan Barber, features Big Boi as the proprietor of a rim shop. The video's performance shots eventually gravitate to other locations during the video's running time, featuring several young women who Big Boi, dressed in a pimp's suit, attempts to pick up.

The video features an appearance from Fonzworth Bentley and another from actress Ki Toy Johnson. "The Way You Move" music video was designed to be shown in tandem with the video for André 3000's "Hey Ya!". A long-form "The Way You Move/Hey Ya!" video combines both clips with a bridging sequence. The music video opens with Big Boi and Sleepy Brown pulling into a garage that specializes in automotive audio systems.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"The Way You Move" debuted at number 83 on the week ending September 27, 2003, four days after its release.[3] It would later reach number two for eight consecutive weeks behind the group's other lead single "Hey Ya!".

It finally replaced "Hey Ya!" at number one on February 14, 2004, where it stayed for one week, which was the sixth time a recording act has replaced itself on the Billboard pop chart.[4] "The Way You Move" was ranked number five on the 2004 Billboard Year-End Chart. On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, "The Way You Move" peaked at number two (seven positions higher than "Hey Ya!"), and topped the Hot Rap Tracks chart.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD1

  1. "The Way You Move" (club mix) – 3:56
  2. "The Way You Move" (Johnny Toobad full length vocal) – 6:55
  3. "The Way You Move" (Full Phat radio mix) – 3:35
  4. "The Way You Move" (video)

UK CD2

  1. "The Way You Move" (clean album version) – 3:56
  2. "The Way You Move" (Johnny Toobad radio mix) – 3:52

Europe single

  1. "The Way You Move" (radio mix) – 3:55
  2. "The Way You Move" (Full Phatt radio mix) – 3:31

European and Australian maxi-single

  1. "The Way You Move" (radio mix) – 3:55
  2. "The Way You Move" (Full Phatt radio mix) - 3:31
  3. "The Way You Move" (Johnny Too Bad radio mix) – 3:52
  4. "The Way You Move" (Cutmaster Swift remix) – 4:22
  5. "The Way You Move" (video)

"The Way You Move" / "Hey Ya!" 12-inch vinyl single[5]

A1. "The Way You Move" (radio mix) – 3:55
A2. "The Way You Move" (club mix) – 3:55
A3. "The Way You Move" (instrumental) – 3:55
B1. "Hey Ya!" (radio mix) – 4:09
B2. "Hey Ya!" (instrumental) – 4:09

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Platinum 70,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States August 25, 2003 (2003-08-25) Arista [29]
November 24, 2003 (2003-11-24) Contemporary hit radio [30]
Australia March 8, 2004 (2004-03-08) CD [31]
United Kingdom March 22, 2004 (2004-03-22)
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
[32]

In popular culture[edit]

Kenny G and Earth, Wind & Fire cover[edit]

"The Way You Move"
The Way You Move kgewf.jpg
Single by Kenny G feat. Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album At Last... The Duets Album
Released2004
GenreSmooth jazz
Length4:09
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)Patrick Brown, Carlton "Carl Mo" Mahone, Antwan Patton
Producer(s)Walter Afanasieff
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Show Me the Way"
(2004)
"The Way You Move"
(2004)
"Pure Gold"
(2005)
Kenny G singles chronology
"I Believe I Can Fly feat. Yolanda Adams"
(2005)
"The Way You Move"
(2004)
"My Favourite Things"
(2005)

In 2004, saxophonist Kenny G and Earth, Wind & Fire issued a cover of "The Way You Move" as a single on Arista Records.[34][35] The song reached No. 12 on both the Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs chart and Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart. "The Way You Move" also reached No. 25 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.[36][37][38]

Overview[edit]

"The Way You Move" appeared on Kenny G's 2004 LP At Last...The Duets Album and Earth, Wind & Fire's 2005 album Illumination.[39][40]

Critical reception[edit]

People called the tune a "polyrythmic party".[41] Matt Collar of Allmusic declared that "Earth, Wind & Fire pull a "no brainer" on OutKast's "The Way You Move."[42] David Wild of Rolling Stone also proclaimed The Way You Move "could go down as the funkiest song" in Kenny G's catalog.[43]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
2005 U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs[36] 12
U.S. Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs[37] 12
U.S. Billboard Adult R&B Songs[38] 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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