As I've gotten older, a lot of Outkast's big singles aren't necessarily my favorite songs from them. But Ms. Jackson is one of the exceptions. The beat alone is crazy, just off the fact that it samples the wedding march, but it's just one of those songs that has EVERYTHING: a great beat, amazing verses,and a super catchy hook that allows for the song to age flawlessly as time goes on.
The "On Fire/Warrior" video was the first time I Really gave Lloyd Banks a chance. Prior to this, I hadn't even listened to the Beg For Mercy album or any of the G-unit radio freestyles but there was something about his first verse on "Warrior" that really made me want to listen to everything this man had ever released up until this point, and I was not disappointed.
It was difficult to choose between this video and "All Falls Down" but I think what makes this video so special to me is how personal all of it was. Showing everything that happened with the accident and all of the mini victories he had along the way that made everything possible for him to become a successful artist. It's as inspiring now as it was for me then.
What would depression be without a sense of hope that things will eventually work out for the greater good? Otherwise how else would you rationalize finding the strength to continue on in this crazy world? This was one of those songs that lifted my spirits whenever I would get too caught up in my own head.