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“Hey Ya!” is a song performed by the American hip-hop duo Outkast, specifically group member André 3000.

Along with “The Way You Move”, recorded by Outkast’s other member Big Boi, “Hey Ya!” was released by LaFace Records as one of the two lead singles from the duo’s fifth album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. The track became a commercial success, reaching number one in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Norway, and Sweden. “Hey Ya!” received critical acclaim upon release, and is consistently ranked as one of the greatest songs of the 2000s.

André 3000 wrote “Hey Ya!” in 2000,but began work on recording it in December 2002 at Stankonia Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. He used an acoustic guitar for accompaniment, inspired by bands such as the Ramones, the Buzzcocks, the Hives, and the Smiths.

André recorded the introduction, the first verse, the hook, and the vocals around the same time, using several dozen takes. He returned to work on the song several evenings later, with session musician Kevin Kendricks performing the bassline on the synthesizer.

Months later, André 3000 worked with Pete Novak at the Larrabee Sound Studios in Los Angeles. They experimented with various sound effects, including singing through a vocoder, and did 30 to 40 takes for each line.

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