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How Big Boi Created His Timeless Classic “The Way You Move”

The Atlanta legend explains how a song he sat on for two years became an enduring No. 1 hit.

During the recording of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast's seminal 2003 double album, Big Boi and André 3000 were each holed up in different rooms in Atlanta's Stankonia Studios. "After 'Dre did "Hey Ya," I said, "We're not finna do nothing regular,'" Big Boi remembered during a recent visit to The FADER. "The Way You Move," the lead single from his Speakerboxxx side of the record, perfectly captured the Atlanta rapper's smooth delivery and became a timeless hit.

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As Big Boi explained, he had been sitting on the Carl Mo instrumental that would become his No. 1 single. "I knew the song was a hit when I first heard the bare-bones track," he said. "That's why I marinated on it for a couple years." In the video above, Big Boi recalls how the layers of the track came together, his vision for the video, and Fonzworth Bentley's memorable cameo.

July 11, 2017
How Big Boi Created His Timeless Classic “The Way You Move”