If you are a true Hip Hop Head head and born before 1990, we must assume that you know of one of the South’s most dynamic rap duo’s Outkast. The group that consists of Atlanta natives Andre 3000 and Big Boi, are well known veterans. In a recent interview, 3 Stacks made it clear that he would be perfectly fine if Outkast never made another album. Well he may be fine with it, but we here at Doxygen, definitely would not be. With a rap game that has become commercialized and seems to lack true storytellers the way it once did, here are our top 5 reasons why Hip Hop needs the magic of Outkast back!
Style– “Effortless Individualities”
When you think of Outkast, the eccentric individualism of Andre 3000 has always stood out. From billow pants to colorful bowties to perms, the MC has never shied away from being himself. Mix in Big Boi’s gold fronts and laid back demeanor and you have a combination of distinctiveness and authenticity that these two made work. Where has that gone? Hip Hop could definitely use a bit of this right now to spice things up.
Versatility– “They could flow any way”
Whether it was the cool confidence of “So Fresh, So Clean” or, taking it back to the very beginning on their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, tracks like “Player’s Ball” and “Git Up, Git Out” the dui set a precedence for multi-dimensional flows. Throw in the the ever so relatable “Ms. Jackson”, or the commercial friendly songs “Hey Ya” or “The Way You Move”, these two could simply bring fire tracks from any angle. Consistently! This was even more evident on their multi-platinum set Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which spawned a number of successful hot tracks from both MC’s.
Realness- “Reflective By Nature”
They say music should inspire. When you talk about poetic rappers, people don’t often bring up these two Southern boys. But if you listened closely, much of their music had sincere/real messages. For example on the catchy “Roses” you get so caught up on the sing/song flow, you could almost miss the message as Andre 3000 raps:
“Iiiiiiya know you like to think your shit don’t stank, but lean a little closer, them roses really smell like oooooohhhhhh…”
in other words looks can be deceiving.
Or on the jazzy up tempo “Rosa Parks” they pay homage to the late civil rights heroine while still keeping the flow warm, funky and fun. This was the beauty of what Outkast did. So yes, do we need more inspiration in the game today? Definitely.
The eclectic pair’s blend of down South rhymes and modern pop worked to perfection. In Outkast’s prime, most other artists were one-dimensional. Even today, many still are. Not only were they trendsetters musically, but socially as well. Originality at its absolute finest. Which is hard to find these days as monotony seems like a constant. Hence, these two were known for switching things up! In the dopest ways.
Dynamic Duo- “Believability”
When it’s all said and done, there have been very few groups in the world of Hip Hop, that have shown the longevity, success and credibility that Outkast did. Their fan base reached across most platforms, for over a decade. Whether you were a fan or not, the group embodied a perfect blend of uniqueness, talent and just flat out awesomeness that pioneered them into becoming Hip Hop masters.
While there were other rap twosomes (Mobb Deep, Capone N Noreaga, Eightball MJG) that also had some noteworthy success, Big Boi and Andre 3000 were just in a lane of their own. And we HAVE to acknowledge that. The truth is, before you retire, Outkast…we miss you!
The game needs your dopeness back.