Top 100 Artists of the Decade: #18 OutKast


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#18 OutKast

They are not Outkasts, that is for sure. They released their first album in 1994, Southernplaylisticadillacmuzik, a blending of G-Funk with Dirty South. Fourteen years later, their sound is still as unique, and has matured into something that can’t be labeled. Outkast is like hip hops version of the Beatles. Over a decade of work to show, their sound has continued to mature and their following has grown and diversified, but one thing that remains—the music they make is classic. They have created a legacy for themselves, similar in hip hop to likes of Tupac, Jay Z, Nas and Notorious B.I.G.

Since 1998, Outkast has released three albums that reached the #1 or #2 spot on the pop charts: Aquemi (#2) in 1998, Stankonia in 2000 (#2), Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2003 (#1). Their album Stankonia was awarded a Grammy for best rap album of 2001 and redirected them onto the path of stardom. In 2003, “Hey Ya” epitomized the ubiquity of a pop single, heard everywhere—EVERYWHERE. By 2006, the album Speakerboxx/The Love Below had sold 11 million copies. That accomplishment alone would make them one of the most significant groups of the last 10 years.

- David Johnson-Igra

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