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Rosa Parks - OutKast

Rosa Parks

Hip-Hop rap hip hop 90s funk

Interestingly, this track ended up in court with Mrs. Rosa Parks herself suing OutKast and their label for false advertising. Because it came to the 6th circuit on appeal from summary judgment, no decision on the merits was made other than that there was a material issue of fact as to the relationship of Rosa Parks to the song. The court said, "We believe that reasonable persons could conclude that there is no relationship of any kind between Rosa Parks' name and the content of the song-a song that is nothing more and nothing less than a paean announcing the triumph of superior people in the entertainment business over inferior people in that business." The court also questioned the success of OutKast's claimed metaphor for pushing their competition to the 'back of the bus' - Rosa Parks resisted moving to the back of the bus, she did not in fact force others there. "As the parties agree, she is “an international symbol of freedom, humanity, dignity and strength.” [citation omitted] There is not even a hint, however, of any of these qualities in the song to which Defendants attached her name." In the end, the court reserved judgment on the artistic value of the song, saying "whether we personally regard it as repulsive trash or a work of genius is immaterial to a determination of the legal issues presented to us" and left it for the district court to decide. The case never made it back to the district court, and the song is still up on, so we can assume the parties settled their differences. The decision, which features the lyrics to the song in their entirety including a translation of the chorus by Mrs. Parks herself, can be found at 329 F.3d 437 (6th Cir. 2003).

OutKast is an American hip-hop duo from Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards. Over 25 million copies have been sold of Outkast's seven releases: six studio albums—including one double album—and a greatest hits release. The group's original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-Funk. Since then funk, soul, pop, electronic music, rock, spoken word poetry, jazz, and blues have been added to the group's musical palette. Show more ...

Rosa Parks - OutKast

Ah ha, hush that fuss
Everybody move to the back of the bus
Do you wanna bump and slump with us
We the type of people make the club get crunk

Verse 1:(Big Boi)
Many a day has passed, the night has gone by
But still I find the time to put that bump off in your eye
Total chaos, for these playas, thought we was absent
We takin another route to represent the Dungeon Family
Like Great Day, me and my nigga decide to take the back way
We stabbing every city then we headed to that bat cave
A-T-L, Georgia, what we do for ya
Bull doggin hoes like them Georgetown Hoyas
Boy you sounding silly, thank my Brougham aint sittin pretty
Doing doughnuts round you suckas like then circles around titties
Damn we the committee gone burn it down
But us gone bust you in the mouth with the chorus now


I met a gypsy and she hipped me to some life game
To stimulate then activate the left and right brain
Said baby boy you only funky as your last cut
You focus on the past your ass'll be a has what
That's one to live by or either that one to die to
I try to just throw it at you determine your own adventure
Andre, got to her station here's my destination
She got off the bus, the conversation lingered in my head for hours
Took a shower kinda sour cause my favorite group ain't comin with it
But I'm witcha you cause you probably goin through it anyway
But anyhow when in doubt went on out and bought it
Cause I thought it would be jammin but examine all the flawsky-wawsky
Awfully, it's sad and it's costly, but that's all she wrote
And I hope I never have to float in that boat
Up shit creek it's weak is the last quote
That I want to hear when I'm goin down when all's said and done
And we got a new joe in town
When the record player get to skippin and slowin down
All yawl can say is them niggas earned that crown but until then...

(Harmonica Solo)
(Hook til fade)