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"Ms. Jackson" is a song by American alternative hip hop duo OutKast. It was released on October 17, 2000, as the second single from OutKast’s fourth album, Stankonia. It topped the US chart for 1 week on February 17, 2001, and also reached number one in Germany and number two in the United Kingdom. In October 2015, 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]

"Ms. Jackson"
Ms. Jackson (OutKast single - cover art).jpg
Single by OutKast
from the album Stankonia
B-side
ReleasedOctober 17, 2000
Format
Recorded2000
Genre
Length
  • 4:30 (album version)
  • 4:03 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Earthtone III
Audio sample
Music video
"Ms. Jackson" on YouTube

"Ms. Jackson" won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. The music video, directed by F. Gary Gray, features animals nodding along to the song, won the BET Award for Video of the Year and MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video.

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]

In 2019, the song samples were used by DJ Khaled in his single Just Us performed by SZA.

Background and writingEdit

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]

ContentEdit

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 listingEdit

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

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[44] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[45] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[46] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[47] Gold 5,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[48] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[49] Platinum 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ allmusic ((( Stankonia > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))
  4. ^ Vibe Magazine, October 2006, p. 128
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