OutKast

OutKast

Biography

Outkast (stylized as OutKast) is hip hop duo based in East Point, Georgia, consisting of Atlanta native André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Savannah, Georgia-born Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. They were originally known as Two Shades Deep but later changed the group's name to OutKast. The group's original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-funk. Since then, however, funk, soul, rock, electronic music, spoken word poetry, jazz and blues elements have been added to the group's musical palette.

After forming the group as high school students in 1992, Outkast released its debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994), which gained popularity after the single "Player's Ball" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. The duo released ATLiens in 1996, which displayed stylistic differences from the band's debut and featured outer space-inspired themes. The albums Aquemini (1998) and Stankonia (2000) further expanded Outkast's musical experimentation. In 2003, the duo released a double album entitled Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which featured the number one singles "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move". Speakerboxxx/The Love Below won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2004, the first and only for a hip hop group. Outkast next created the soundtrack for the 2006 musical film Idlewild, which they starred in. Since 2007, Outkast has been on hiatus and both members have pursued their solo careers, although the group moved to Epic Records in September 2011.

The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards. Over 25 million copies have been sold of OutKast's eight releases: five studio albums, a greatest hits release, and the Grammy Award-winning (for Album of the Year) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, a double album containing a solo album from each member. Along with their commercial success, OutKast has maintained an experimental approach in their music and are widely praised for their originality and artistic content.

Discography

OutKast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

OutKast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

LaFace Records1994
OutKast - ATLiens

OutKast - ATLiens

LaFace Records1996
OutKast - Aquemini

OutKast - Aquemini

LaFace Records1998
OutKast - Stankonia

OutKast - Stankonia

LaFace Records2000
Big Boi & Dre Present... OutKast

OutKast - Big Boi & Dre Present... OutKast

LaFace Records2001
OutKast - Speakerboxxx / The Love Below

OutKast - Speakerboxxx / The Love Below

Arista2003
OutKast - Idlewild

OutKast - Idlewild

LaFace Records2006
OutKast - Original Album Classics

OutKast - Original Album Classics

Arista2012
OutKast - Southern Slang'

OutKast - Southern Slang'

GL Records, RGS Entertainment2012

Guest Appearances

Goodie Mob - Still Standing
  • Black Ice

Goodie Mob - Still Standing

LaFace Records1998
Monica - The Boy Is Mine
  • Gone Be Fine

Monica - The Boy Is Mine

Arista1998
Cool Breeze - East Points Greatest Hit
  • Watch For The Hook (Dungeon Family Mix)

Cool Breeze - East Points Greatest Hit

A&M Records1999
Eightball & MJG - In Our Lifetime
  • Throw Your Hands Up

Eightball & M.J.G. - In Our Lifetime

Suave House, Universal1999
Slick Rick - The Art Of Storytelling
  • Street Talkin'

Slick Rick - The Art Of Storytelling

Def Jam Recordings1999
Tash - Rap Life
  • Smokefest 1999

Tash - Rap Life

Loud Records1999
Mystikal - Let's Get Ready
  • Neck Uv Da Woods

Mystikal - Let's Get Ready

Jive2000
Lenny Kravitz - Lenny
  • Again (Stankonia Remix)

Lenny Kravitz - Lenny

Virgin2001
Killer Mike - Monster
  • Akshon (Yeah!)

Killer Mike - Monster

Columbia, Aquemini Records2003
Phil The Agony - Smokefest
  • Smokefest

Phil The Agony - Smokefest

Strong Arm Music2003
Sleepy Brown - Mr. Brown
  • I Can't Wait

Sleepy Brown - Mr. Brown

Virgin Records America2006
UGK - Underground Kingz
  • Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose U)

UGK - Underground Kingz

Jive2007
Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album
  • The Art Of Storytelling

Drama - Gangsta Grillz: The Album

Atlantic, Grand Hustle2007
Gnarls Barkley - A Trip To St. Elsewhere
  • In Due Time

Gnarls Barkley - A Trip To St. Elsewhere

CMP Entertainment2007

Compilations

A Laface Family Christmas
  • Player's Ball

Various - A Laface Family Christmas

LaFace Records1993
Higher Learning (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Phobia

Various - Higher Learning (Music From The Motion Picture)

550 Music1995
New Jersey Drive Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Benz Or Beamer

Various - New Jersey Drive Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Tommy Boy Music1995
Nothing To Lose (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
  • Everlasting

Various - Nothing To Lose (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)

Tommy Boy Music1997
Soul Food Soundtrack
  • In Due Time

Various - Soul Food Soundtrack

LaFace Records1997
The Wood (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
  • Neck Uv Da Woods

Various - The Wood (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)

Jive1999
Music From & Inspired By Light It Up The Movie
  • High Schoolin

Various - Music From & Inspired By Light It Up The Movie

Elektra, Yab Yum Records1999
LaFace Records Presents Platinum Collection
  • Rosa Parks

Various - LaFace Records Presents Platinum Collection

LaFace Records2000
Music From And Inspired By Shaft
  • Tough Guy

Various - Music From And Inspired By Shaft

LaFace Records2000
Any Given Sunday (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Soul Sunday

Various - Any Given Sunday (Music From The Motion Picture)

Atlantic2000
Bones (Original Motion Picture Houndtrack)
  • Fresh And Clean (Remix)

Various - Bones (Original Motion Picture Houndtrack)

Priority Records2001
Greg Street - Six O'Clock Vol. 1
  • Gangsta Shit (Remix)

Greg Street - Six O'Clock Vol. 1

Slip-N-Slide Records2001
Tomb Raider (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Speedballin'

Various - Tomb Raider (Music From The Motion Picture)

Elektra2001
More Music From 8 Mile
  • Player's Ball

Various - More Music From 8 Mile

Shady Records, Interscope Records2002
Bad Company (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)

Various - Bad Company (Music From The Motion Picture)

Hollywood Records2002
Scooby-Doo (Music From The Motion Picture)
  • Land Of A Million Drums

Various - Scooby-Doo (Music From The Motion Picture)

Lava2002
Afrika Bambaataa Presents Eastside
  • Ms. Jackson

Various - Afrika Bambaataa Presents Eastside

Obsessive2003
Goodie Mob - Dirty South Classics
  • Black Ice

Goodie Mob - Dirty South Classics

Arista2003
Barbershop 2: Back In Business - Soundtrack
  • I Can't Wait

Various - Barbershop 2: Back In Business - Soundtrack

Interscope Records2004
8Ball And MJG - We Are The South (Greatest Hits)
  • Throw Your Hands Up

8Ball And MJG - We Are The South (Greatest Hits)

Suave House Records, Koch Records2008
Middle Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • The Way You Move

Various - Middle Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

ABKCO Records2010
Back In The Day (Hip Hop Classics)
  • B.O.B.

Various - Back In The Day (Hip Hop Classics)

Sony Music2011
Keith Lemon (Music From And Inspired By)
  • Hey Ya!

Various - Keith Lemon (Music From And Inspired By)

Sony Music2012
Tash - Publicity Stunt
  • Smokefest

Tash - Publicity Stunt

Sterling World Records2015