The Way You Move

"The Way You Move" is a song recorded by Big Boi of the American hip hop duo OutKast, released by LaFace Records. 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 which includes a solo album from each member.

"The Way You Move"
The Way You Move.jpg
Single by OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown
from the album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
ReleasedOctober 2, 2003
StudioStankonia Studios, Atlanta, GA
GenreHip hop, soul
Songwriter(s)Antwan Patton, Carlton Mahone, Patrick Brown
Producer(s)Big Boi, Carl-Mo
OutKast singles chronology
"Hey Ya!"
"The Way You Move"

Released from Big Boi's Speakerboxxx half of the double album, "The Way You Move" peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, 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 informationEdit

"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 videoEdit

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 performanceEdit

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

It finally replaced "Hey Ya!" at number one on February 7, 2004, where it stayed for one week, which was the sixth time a recording act has replaced itself on the Billboard pop chart. "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 reached the top of the Hot Rap Tracks chart.

Track listingsEdit

  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)
  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
Europe/Australia 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" vinyl single[4]
  1. "The Way You Move" (radio mix) – 3:55
  2. "The Way You Move" (club mix) – 3:55
  3. "The Way You Move" (instrumental) – 3:55
  1. "Hey Ya!" (radio mix) – 4:09
  2. "Hey Ya!" (instrumental) – 4:09


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2003–04) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 49
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 44
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[8] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 9
Europe (Official Top 100 Singles) 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 19
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 18
Italy (FIMI)[13] 25
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 76
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 16
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[17] 20
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 49
UK Singles (OCC)[20] 7
UK R&B (OCC)[21] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[22] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[22] 2
US Billboard Hot Rap Songs[22] 1
US Billboard Adult R&B Songs[22] 7
US Billboard Adult Top 40[22] 34

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2004) Rank
US Billboard Hot 100[23] 5

All-time chartsEdit

Chart Position
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 148


Earth, Wind & Fire/Kenny G coverEdit

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

In 2004, saxophonist Kenny G and Earth, Wind & Fire issued a cover of "The Way You Move" as a single on Arista Records.[26][27] 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.[28][29][30]


"The Way You Move" appeared on Kenny G's 2004 LP At Last...The Duets Album and Earth, Wind & Fire's 2005 album Illumination.[31][32]

Critical receptionEdit

People called the tune a "polyrythmic party".[33] Matt Collar of Allmusic declared that "Earth, Wind & Fire pull a "no brainer" on OutKast's "The Way You Move."[34] David Wild of Rolling Stone also proclaimed The Way You Move "could go down as the funkiest song" in Kenny G's catalog.[35]


Year Chart Peak
2005 U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs[28] 12
U.S. Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs[29] 12
U.S. Billboard Adult R&B Songs[30] 12

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "September 27, 2003 Billboard Issue". Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  4. ^ "The Way You Move / Hey Ya! 12" vinyl single". Discogs.
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  7. ^ " – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ " – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE" (in French). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN: THE WAY YOU MOVE" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  11. ^ " – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – THE WAY YOU MOVE". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  13. ^ " – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". Top Digital Download. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  14. ^ " – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ " – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: January 01, 2012 to January 07, 2012)". Gaon Chart. December 15, 2012. Archived from the original on December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  18. ^ " – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ " – OUTKAST FEAT. SLEEPY BROWN – THE WAY YOU MOVE". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
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  23. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks - Decade Year End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 18, 2011.
  24. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  25. ^ Holmes, Dave (2 February 2018). "Revisiting the Justin Timberlake-Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction, Minute by Minute". Esquire. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  26. ^ Kenny G. feat. Earth, Wind & Fire: The Way You Move. Arista Records. 2004.
  27. ^ "Kenny G feat. Earth, Wind & Fire: The Way You Move".
  28. ^ a b "Kenny G feat. Earth, Wind & Fire: The Way You Move (Adult Contemporary Songs)". Billboard.
  29. ^ a b "Kenny G featuring Earth, Wind & Fire: The Way You Move (Smooth Jazz Songs)". Billboard.
  30. ^ a b "Kenny G featuring Earth, Wind & Fire: The Way You Move (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard.
  31. ^ Kenny G: At Last...The Duets Album. Arista Records. 2004.
  32. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire: Illumination. Sanctuary Records. 2005.
  33. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Kenny G". People. January 24, 2005.
  34. ^ Collar, Matt. "Kenny G: At Last..The Duets Album". Allmusic.
  35. ^ Wild, David (November 28, 2005). "Earth, Wind & Fire: Illumination". Rolling Stone.

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