In the mid 1990s, they were hip-hop's rising force. A Southern duo innovative and gritty, soulful and serious. Fans and critics alike were taken by Outkast, composed of Atlanta-based rappers Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dre) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. And whether they were riding the spoken word or blending jazz, blues, rock and electronic music like a musical palette, they've been rolling since their first single, "Player's Ball," went number one on the charts.
Try saying the name of Outkast's first album ten times fast (trust us, it's impossble). "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" hit the Top 20 in 1994, was later certified platinum and pushed Outkast to a win for Best New Rap Group of the Year at the 1995 Source Awards. The sophomore follow-up, "ATLiens," spawned the gold-selling single "Elevators (Me & You)," as well as the Top 40 title track. Oh yeah, the group also made a name for itself when it was sued over the album's lead single, "Rosa Parks," by none other than the civil rights icon herself.
Outkast's other projects, from their hotly anticipated fourth album "Stankonia" (2000) to "Idlewild" (2006) have been met with acclaim. Songs like "Hey Ya" and the Big Boi-fronted "The Way You Move" kept them in the upper echelon of musical act, and they often cleaned up Grammy Awards and other industry show case events.
Outkast had been on hiatus since 2007, with both members deciding to pursue solo careers. However, they announced a reunion tour in January 2014 to celebrate their 20th anniversary, saying they planned to perform at more than 40 festivals worldwide. The kickoff event took place at the Coachella Festival in April.
Bestival Festival Coming to the USA
The UK has been keeping one of the best festivals in the world from the USA for over ten years now—Bestival is one of the globe’s best, even earning the award for Best Major Festival at the UK Festival Awards in 2010 and 2012. Turns out that our friends across the pond want to share—founder…Read more
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