OutKast is a American Duo of Hip-hop come from Atlanta, in Georgia. Its original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-Funk; since then, the Funk, the Drunk, the electronic music, the Rock'n'roll, the Poetry, the Crunk, the Jazz, were added with the mixture. The duet is composed of André “Andre 3000” Benjamin (formerly known under the name of “DRE”) and of Antwan “Big Boi” Patton.
OutKast is one of the groups of hip hop having the most success, while having sold more than 20 million copies of its six albums of which the famous Speakerboxxx/The Love Below an double album containing an album solo of each member of the duet. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is one of the four albums of to be ever certified hip-hop Disque of diamond to the the United States (either more than 10 million units). In spite of their business success, they maintained an approach experimental in their music and are largely happiness for their originality.
HistoryBenjamin and Patton went to the college of Tri-Cities unit to East Point, Georgia, and became musical rivals, provocants in battles of MC regularly. They joined thereafter, and were approached by Organized Noize, a group of local producers who would make later hits for the TLC and Xscape. It is by scanning for a word in the dictionary that Big Boi and Andre 3000 find the name of their " group; Outkast" , in French " banni" , because the rap range was dominated by the MC of the East coasts and West of the the United States, which caused at the MC of other area to feel banished. OutKast, Organized Noize and Goodie Mob formed the hard core of the Dungeon Family.
Thereafter, OutKast signed a contract for LaFace Records in 1992, becoming the first artists hip-hop label. In 1993, they leave their first individual, " Player' S Ball" who will be number one of the American charts rap.
SouthernplayalisticadallacmuzikTheir first album, Southernplayalistcadillacmuzik, left in 1994. One of the individual following, " To lie Up, Lie Out" , in featuring with Goodie Mob, met also a great success to him and was used in sample by the singer Macy Gray in 1999 for its hit " C Something". This opus, reflecting the lifestyles of the Procurers and the gangsters with contents politically conscious presenting its observations on the statute of American African in the south. OutKast gained the price of the Best New Rap Group with the Awards Source in 1995.
ATLiensATLiens, the second album of the duet, left in 1996. It directly reaches the second position of the Signal American Album and made it possible the group to be more recognized in the east coasts and West of the USA which still dominated the industry of Hip-Hop. Individual the " ATLiens" was their first title to enter the Signal 40 and one of the following, " Grain elevator (Me And You) " , produced by Andre 3000 and Big Boi themselves, will be the first to enter Signal 20.
AqueminiThe third album of the group is him also entered directly with the 2nd position the Signal American Album. Its name is a mixture of the two signs of the zodiac of the two accomplices (in English). This album is regarded traditional and as one of the best albums of the group.
Occurring themselves, Andre and Big Boi went to seek their inspiration in more eclectic universes like the trip-hop, it drunk, the funk and the electro one. Their friends of Goodie Mob, like one of the veterans of the funk, Georges Clinton, took part in this opus.
Because of their title " Rosa Parks" (which is the name of one of the first black women to be itself revolt against the segregation in the USA), the house of dic of the duet was continued juridically. Indeed, the title in him even does not have any relationship with Rosa Parks and does not refer to this one that in part of the refrain and even without quoting its name. Outkast were defended by saying that the title was to be taken with the metaphorical direction and that it was more one homage that another thing. In addition, the refrain suggests that the duet arrived with the firm intention to put an end to supremacy east coasts and West by bringing with them a its original. Thus, the first continuation was cancelled. However, in 2001, the lawyer of Rosa Parks made call of the decision which was rejected because of the First Amendment of the American Constitution. In 2003, the Supreme court allowed Johnnie Cochran, the lawyer of Rosa, to make a new call. In 2004, the group promised to make a homage to Rosa, without to have admitted to have made an error by writing this song.
StankoniaNamed primairement " Sendbox" , Stankonia, the fourth opus of the duet come from Atlanta left in October 2000 with much success. It has him also begun with the second position from the Signal Album and was thereafter sold with more than 4 million specimens on the American ground , that is to say twice as much as its two preceding albums. The first individual one was " B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad) ". The second, " ms. Jackson " quickly became a large hit since it is first individual group to be itself classified number one in the Signal Individual, and its success was even felt in France, while remaining in the lasting top of the charts weeks. This title, treating ends of love affairs, is in fact dedicated to the mother of Erykah Badu, with which André had just broken. It is besides as from this moment that it changed its name of scene into André 3000, its first being DRE.
The third individual " So Fresh So Clean", produced by their friends of Organized Noized, was to him also success, to a lesser extent. It was remixé by Snoop Dogg and its clip had an enormous rotation on the chain MTV2. The group obtained in 2001 the Grammy Awards of Best the Rap Performance For a Duet Or a Group for the title " ms. Jackson " and of the Best Rap Album for Stankonia.
1994 - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (platinum disc)
- 1996 - ATliens
- 1998 - Aquemini
- 2000 - Stankonia
- 2001 - Big Boi Present and DRE…
- 2003 - Speakerboxxx/The Coils Below
- 2006 - Idlewild
Titles headlights of the group
1994 - Player' S Ball (Southernplayalisticadillamusic album)
- 1996 - Grain elevators (Me & You) (ATliens album)
- 2000 - ms Jackson (Stankonia album)
- 2003 - Hey Ya! (album Speakerboxxx/The Coils Below)
- Official site of the group (in English)
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