Outkast Dropped Their Classic ATLiens Album 20 Years Ago

ATLiens

Where are all my hip hop heads at? If you’re a real hip hop head, then you know that Outkast dropped their classic 2nd album, ATLiens today. Big Boi and Andre 3000 set the bar pretty damn high when they dropped their debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. They set the tone for the album with their first single, Elevators where it showed the lyrical side of Outkast, especially the last verse from 3 Stacks. While the critics fell in love with the first album, ATLiens has been called one of the greatest hip hop albums of all-time and I’ll have to agree. Ever since its release, the album went on to sell well over 2 million records. The three singles released from the album were Elevators (Me & You), ATLiens and Jazzy Belle.

Elevators (Me & You)

This was a smooth track and the big highlight from Elevators had to be the final verse from Andre 3000. The lyrics are:

Got stopped at the mall the other day

Heard a call from the other way that I just came from

Some nigga was saying something, talking ’bout smoke something “Hey man, you remember me from school?” “No not really”

But he kept smiling like a clown, facial expression looking silly

And he kept asking me, “What kinda car you drive?

I know you paid, I know y’all got beaucoup billfolds

From all them songs that y’all done made”

And I replied that I had been going through the same things that he had

True, I’ve got more fans than the average man

But not enough loot to last me

To the end of the week, I live by the beat

Like you live check-to-check

If you don’t move your feet then I don’t eat

So we like neck-to-neck

Yes, we done come a long way like them slim-ass cigarettes

From Virginia, this ain’t gon’ stop, so we just gon’ continue

DAMN!!

ATLiens

This was their second single off the album and it was a little more upbeat than what we’re used to from Outkast, but once again they killed the track. The album version is great, but as you can see up above, the video is crazy and something different from the Outkast we were used to. The track continued the success of Outkast, allowing them to be mentioned as one of the best groups in hip hop.

Jazzy Belle

The final single from the album was Jazzy Belle and the video was the remix where they got the legendary Babyface on the track. Both versions of Jazzy Belle were great with the video version being the smoother of the two. Jazzy Belle continued the success for the album that Elevators and ATLiens started while solidifying them one of the most talked about acts in hip hop. Below is the track listing to the album!!

  1. You May Die
  2. Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)
  3. ATLiens
  4. Wheelz of Steel
  5. Jazzy Belle
  6. Elevators (Me & You)
  7. Ova Da Wudz
  8. Babylon
  9. Wailin’
  10. Mainstream
  11. Decatur Psalm
  12. Millenium
  13. E.T(Extraterrestrial)
  14. 13th Floor/Growing Old
  15. Elevators (ONP 86 Mix)

 

Final Thought:

If you’re listing top hip hop albums of all-time, ATLiens is one of the best albums that you’ll ever hear. The Organized Noise production was top-notched and the only features on the album were from their Dungeon Family friends. This album should be in your catalog and you can purchase the ATLiens joint here!!

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