Surprisingly, this song didn't chart in America, where it wasn't sold as a single. It was released as the first promotional single from Stankonia
and could have charted based on airplay, but most radio stations shied away from it. It's not radio-friendly at all, with a relentless rhythm and political-sounding title, but it is a critical and fan favorite - in 2018 Rolling Stone
put it at #27 on their list of the best songs of the century to that point.
The next Outkast single, the more mellow "Ms. Jackson
," was sold in stores and went to #1, giving the rappers their breakout hit.
, Outkast released another pulsing song with a striking vocal open: "Hey Ya
." That one had no trouble getting airplay, also climbing to #1.