What This Song Is About It’s a lifestyle song, stuffed fat with meta Houston rap references and slang.
Why It’s Important It turned Houston into the epicenter of rap in the months following its release. The city’s influence in rap has yet to wane.
There were only four songs that were in contention for this chapter, but really there was only ever one.
The four: “Roses” by Outkast; “Drop It Like It’s Hot” by Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams; “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West; and “Still Tippin’” by Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and Paul Wall.
The most fun song of 2004 was Outkast’s “Roses,” a song so transfixing that you kind of forgot that Andre 3000 makes twenty-five separate references to poop in it. But “Roses” wasn’t even the most important song on 2003’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. That was “Hey Ya!,” possibly the best rap song ever with an exclamation in the title.