Coming off their debut album southernplayalisticadillacmuzik in 1994, hip hop duo OutKast send an inspiring message to motivate those around them with “Git Up, Git Out.”
The track focuses on the importance of taking action. It begs the listener to do something with their lives. The rappers also talk about the difficulties of getting an education, a job, and just making a living as a whole.
“You need to git up, git out and git something
Don’t let the days of your life pass by”
“How will you make it if you never even try”
OutKast calls out those who waste their youths instead of working hard and getting something out of their lives. Smoking weed, not trying, and just sitting all day, he claims, are some of the most destructive and useless things one can do.
On the first verse, Cee-Lo recognizes his own flaws and raps about them. He claims he is a disappointment to his family and friends, being a “bum” and constantly asking his peers for money. He also goes on to detail the daily struggles of his life that came as result of him wasting his time before.
Always asking “gimme some”, living life like a bum
By talking about his own harsh experiences, he urges the youth to work hard so that they don’t turn out like him. He also contemplates on his life, and what have been some of his struggles.
“Cause every job I get is cruel and demeaning
Sick of taking trash out and toilet bowl cleaning
But I’m also sick and tired of struggling
I never ever thought I’d to have resort to drug smuggling”
The second verse by Big Boi is a message to those who waste their time being lazy just because others are, emphasizing how contagious this hopelessness can be. After rapping about how those decisions impacted him, he goes on to detail the difference “between a bitch and a lady.”
“but the devil, he made me smart
Told me to jack them weak ass niggas for they fucking Starters
In the middle school, I was a bigger fool
I wore with tank tops to show off my tattoo, thought I was cool”
Overall, the song and its motivational lyrics make the listen every intriguing, and it inspires the listener to take action and change their life. Even though the mellow, classic beat made the track nicer, the message was still the highlight of the song. For those looking for inspiration and an important concept to listen to, “Git Up, Git Out” is highly recommendable.
“You need to get up, get out and get something, how will you make it if you never even try?”