OutKast

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Outkast (sometimes written as OutKast) was an American hip hop duo formed in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1992, consisting of rappers Big Boi (Antwan Patton) and André 3000 (André Benjamin, formerly known as Dré). Widely regarded as one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time, the duo achieved both critical and commercial success from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, helping to popularize Southern hip hop with their intricate lyricism, memorable melodies, and positive themes, while experimenting with a diverse range of genres such as funk, psychedelia, jazz, and techno.

Patton and Benjamin formed Outkast as high school students. They released their debut studio album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik in 1994, which gained popularity after its single "Player's Ball" peaked atop the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. The duo saw critical acclaim with their second and third albums ATLiens (1996) and Aquemini (1998), which saw them further developing their sound. They then achieved mainstream recognition and further acclaim with their fourth album Stankonia (2000), which was supported by the singles "B.O.B." and "Ms. Jackson", the latter of which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards.

The duo then released the double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003), their only album to debut atop the Billboard 200. It was supported by their second and third number one singles, "The Way You Move" (performed by Big Boi) and "Hey Ya!" (performed by André 3000), respectively. The album won Album of the Year at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards and received a Diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Outkast starred in the 2006 musical film Idlewild and recorded the film's accompanying soundtrack, which was released as their final album three days before the film's release. The duo split the following year, and both members have pursued solo careers. Outkast temporarily reunited to celebrate their debut album's 20th anniversary by performing at more than 40 festivals worldwide, beginning at the Coachella Festival in April 2014.

Along with being one of hip hop’s most influential acts, Outkast is also one of the most successful, having certified sales of 20 million records between six studio albums and a compilation album, as well as having earned six Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone ranked them No. 7 on its list of the “20 Greatest Duos of All Time”, while publications such as Pitchfork and the aforementioned Rolling Stone have listed their albums among the best in all of hip hop and of all time.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1994SouthernplayalisticadillacmuzikOutKast3.559
1996ATLiensOutKast3.99
1998AqueminiOutKast4.215
2000StankoniaOutKast3.9518
2003Speakerboxxx / The Love BelowOutKast3.3511

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2001Big Boi & Dre Present… OutKastOutKast4.57
2003The VideosOutKast41
2008WhatuBeenWaitin4OutKast1
2012Original Album ClassicsOutKast1
2012Southern SlangOutKast1

Album + Soundtrack

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2005IdlewildOutKast2.353

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1993Player’s BallOutKast34
1994SouthernplayalisticadillacmuzikOutKast1
1996Elevators (Me & You)OutKast4
1996ATLiens / Wheelz of SteelOutKast3
1997Jazzy BelleOutKast52
1997ATLiens RemixOutKast1
1998Black Ice (Sky High)Goodie Mob feat. OutKast2
1998Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1OutKast featuring Slick Rick2
1998Rosa ParksOutKast4.54
2000Bombs Over BaghdadOutKast3
2001Ms. JacksonOutKast56
2001So Fresh, So CleanOutKast54
2001The Whole WorldOutKast featuring Killer Mike53
2002Land of a Million DrumsOutKast feat. Killer Mike & Sleepy Brown2
2002The Whole WorldOutKast1
2003The Way You MoveOutKast feat. Sleepy Brown45
2003Hey Ya!OutKast56
2003GhettoMusickOutKast43
2003GhettoMusick / She Lives in My LapOutKast1
2004RosesOutKast54
2004Ghetto Musick/PrototypeOutKast1
2006Morris BrownOutKast feat. Scar & Sleepy Brown21
2006Mighty "O"OutKast1
2007Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)UGK feat. OutKast2

Single + Remix

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2007Walk It Out (remix)Unk feat. OutKast & Jim Jones1

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