DJ ShadowThe Outsider

Label:Island Records – 1703468
CD, Album, Special Edition, Super Jewel Box
Country:UK & Europe
Genre:Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock
Style:Alternative Rock, Downtempo, Breaks, Trip Hop, Hip Hop, Hyphy


1Outsider Intro
VocalsOliver Tobias
2This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)
Arranged By [Strings], ConductorWil Malone
InstrumentsThe Heliocentrics
Recorded ByPhil Rose
Recorded By [Assistant]George Renwick
VocalsUnknown Artist
33 Freaks
FeaturingKeak Da Sneak, Turf Talk
Vocals [Additional]DJ D-Sharp
4Droop-E Drop0:18
5Turf Dancing4:35
6Keep Em Close
7Seein' Thangs
FeaturingDavid Banner
8Broken Levee Blues
GuitarJoe Gore
VocalsTaalam Acey
9Artifact (Instrumental)2:56
InstrumentsThe Heliocentrics
11Backstage Girl
FeaturingPhonte Coleman
12Triplicate / Something Happened That Day3:44
13The Tiger
Percussion [Additional]Jack Yglesias
14Erase You
FeaturingChris James (6)
15What Have I Done
FeaturingChristina Carter
16You Made It
FeaturingChris James (6)
18Dats My Part

Companies, etc.


  • EngineerJim Abbiss (tracks: 9, 13, 14, 16)
  • Mixed By, EngineerCount (tracks: 1 to 8, 10 to 12, 15, 17, 18)
  • Producer, Mixed By, ScratchesDJ Shadow


This release is the "Special Edition" version of "The Outsider".
It contains the bonus track 10 "Skullfuckery".

Track 6 contains a replayed sample of "TaTa (Instrumental)" by Timothy Wilson.
Track 7 contains a sample of "Crimson Red" by Cecilia +.
Track 8 contains a replayed sample of "Rolling Love Pt.2" by 3 Days Ahead LPF.
Track 12: Triplicate contains a replayed sample of "In A Landscape" written and composed by John Cage.
Track 15 contains a sample of "Grow" by Scott Witte.
Track 16 contains a sample of "Hard On Me" by The Bentleys (4).
Track 17 contains a sample of "Bobby" by Severance.

Made in the UK (Mould). Made in the EU (Cover).

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 02517 03468 6
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SABAM
  • Label Code: LC 01846
  • Matrix / Runout: 1703468 01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI 04AQ
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0408

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Outsider (CDr, Album, Copy Protected, Numbered, Promo)Island RecordsnoneUK2006
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The Outsider (CD, Album, Digipak)Universal MotownB0007443-02US2006
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The Outsider (CD, Album, DVD, DVD-Video, NTSC, All Media, Limited Edition, Digipak)Island Records1707194UK2006
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The Outsider (2×LP, Album)Island Records1704960UK2006
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The Outsider (CD, Album, Super Jewel Box)Island Records, Island Records1705023, 0-06025-1705023-5Europe2006


  • humanagainchris's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    Great album. Easily Shadows 2nd best. Funny how it made a bunch of morons who hate the fact that Shadow is a hip hop artist cry about it for months. 3 Freaks and Turf Dancing are 2 of the greatest West Coast bangers of all time.
    • Generalesmith's avatar
      Can't see why people are so dismissive and damning of this album... great beats and interesting rap... musically nothing like Endtroducing...but hey..
      Always pushing boundaries and even though not his most stand out album it's more interesting and un-stereotypical than 99% of hip hop of its time... just saying.
      • AskeladdenBlack's avatar
        Edited 5 years ago
        Better the second time I listened to it as the first time I could only remember the god awful type of rap I personally hate. Second time round I was surprised there are actually some nice tracks deeper into the album.
        However still an album easily forgotten.
        • steamybrown2003's avatar
          Edited one year ago
          This album by J.S. has been unfairly marked as a is not. It more or less serves as a bridge-gap between his first two and last two albums. Back in 2006, after listening to three or four tracks in, I too thought, "this is bad", and traded it in without listening much further. Now, many years later, I repurchased the album just out of curiosity, and much to my delight, I found that if I reprogrammed the the album to play tracks 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 only, that I had a nice little eclectic E.P., something that stands much more in line with Shadow’s previous two full lengths. Needless to say, “Outsider” has grown on me. Add or substitute in "This Time (I'm Going To Dub It My Way)", "Skullfuckery", "Triplicate Part 3", "Aritfact (Vocal)", and "Outsider Intro (Instrumental)" from "SYNCHSampler", and you have a worthy full-length.
          • discomputer's avatar
            This album is a contender for being the worst record created by great artists. It's head to head with Below The Waste by The Art Of Noise.
            • TedWatkins303's avatar
              I've bought thousands of albums and 12"s over the years. In that time there have been 2 or 3 that were so bad that I actually threw them in the trash. You have to understand, I am a lover of music and it pains me to do that. Respect to the artist whether I like the music or not. But... my god.... this one was so unbearable it had to go. When I read the reviews on this one I find a lot of excuses being made and pleas to be open minded. Just because it is Shadow does not make it good. A turd laid by Shadow is still a turd. Verdict: Zero stars and contender for one of the worst albums I have ever purchased.
              • jiggawhat's avatar
                Edited 10 years ago
                As a rap album, it's good. It's better than Lil Wayne or similar junk. Obviously, most listeners are not looking for rap on this album, they are looking for trip-hop. So in that respect, this album will disappoint.

                Entroducing was this hypnotic downtempo sound that made you think, made you reflect on things, and made you introspect. This is more commercial and reeks of popular hip-hop. But it could do a lot worse - at least the rappers on this one have some lyrical talent.
                • Greg_Reason's avatar
                  Many have written this off unfairly and without consideration for the balance of content. Sure, half of this album (the much maligned 'hyphy' material) is absolute rubbish, there can be no denying that. This said, the other half of the album is as good as Shadow has ever been, and there is a lot of fresh stuff on here that he had never attempted to do before. Erase You in particular is a stunning track with clear, melodic vocals that suit Shadow's shifting break snippets surprisingly well. Triplicate is one of his darkest pieces ever, an oppressive and apocalyptic piece that is among the most affecting songs in his catalog. You Made It is high-grade pop music with acoustic guitar and strings... You get the idea. There is a lot of variety on here and not all of it is worthwhile but when he hits the mark he does exceedingly well.
                  • Doze
                    First of all, be carefull:

                    This album has been criticized by many people, many times.
                    All reviews tend to say this album was not "Endtroducing".
                    And that is totally correct.
                    But if you hear people saying that this album has nothing to do in the Shadow discography, i can tell they are simply wrong.

                    If you know (a minimum)what DJ Shadow is doing and has done in his career, you'll clearly understand why he has composed "The Outsider".
                    The only people who doesn't like it are people who have only listenned to "Endtroducing" or more generally, all instrumental hip-hop releases he has produced over the years.
                    DJ Shadow comes from hip-hop. It's like that, weither you like it or not.

                    "The Outsider" confirmes Shadow's producing talents, it embraces lots of musical genres, with passion and greatness.
                    • distonto
                      Edited 15 years ago
                      What a calamity! After releasing groundbreking "Endtroducing...", followed by brilliant "Private Press", Josh Davis AKA DJ Shadow has lost himself in the vortex of commercial, trivial hardcore rap. When he's not copying mtv's rap style, he's copying Radiohead and Coldplay (both songs with Chris James, which are nice but so what?). Apparently Shadow forgot why hip hop sucked in '96. The reason it sucks is still the same and "The Outsider" is the biggest disappointment of 2006. Buy at your own risk.



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