YEAR RELEASED: 1994
CHART ACTION: #20, #2 R&B
SINGLES: Player’s Ball (#37, #12 R&B, #1 Rap), Southerplayalistcadillacmuzik (#74, #41 R&B, #9 Rap), Git Up Git Out (#109, #59 R&B, #13 Rap)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Ain’t No Thang
LINEUP: Andre 3000, Big Boi with Big Gipp, Sleepy Brown, Preston Crump, the Goodie Mob, Marq Jefferson, Craig Love, Mr DJ, Organized Noize, Peaches, T-Mo, Rico Wade, Colin Wolfe, Kenneth Write, Society of Soul, and more
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Southern Hip Hop goes national.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It was all East Coast vs. West Coast until OutKast came out of Atlanta and hit the charts. Working around the LaFace Records orbit with TLC and Organized Noize production, OutKast’s debut album broke the dichotomoy of East vs. West.
There’s a mix between East and West, using funk and tongue twisting raps as well as hooks and melody. But there’s also unique sounds and style that later defined the Southern style. Big Boi and Andre 3000’s rhymes and flow are impressive, and the production, samples, and hooks are inventive and infectious.
Lost a bit in the mainstream (white) music press thanks to the East Coast vs. West Coast, OutKasts’ debut showed music a third hip-hop way, the Southern way.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Organized Noize’s production team hit it big with TLC’s debut album before tackling OutKast.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A: Even the segues and skits make sense here. A strong hip-hop album, especially for a debut.