20 years ago today was a momentous day if you’re a fan of hip hop. Jay-Z dropped his Hard Knock Life Volume 2 album and Outkast put out their classic, Aquemini. We saw the evolution of Outkast from Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik to ATLiens and now the Aquemini joint. Either way, despite being three different projects they all are considered classics. With Aquemini, many people are calling this their best album and one of the best ever in hip hop. A week after the release of the album, they release Rosa Parks as their first single. This was an incredibly dope, up-tempo track that was very successful. Later on, they were sued by Rosa Parks for using her name and the vulgar language on the track. The suit was finally settled on April 14, 2005, in the settlement agreement, OutKast and their producer and record labels paid Parks an undisclosed cash settlement and agreed to work with the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development in creating educational programs about the life of Rosa Parks.
For their second single, they enlisted Raekwon the Chef from the Wu-Tang Clan. Skew It on the Bar-B was a great collabo track where all three of them spit some dope bars. The single was released towards the end of the year as the album. Da Art of Storytellin was the next single and it featured one of hip hop’s greatest storytellers in Slick Rick. For those that’s not familiar with Slick Rick, check out his classic album The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. With the success of this album, Outkast is the greatest rappers from Atlanta and one of the best groups ever in hip hop. This album should be in everyone’s collection so peep the track list and stream below.
- Hold On, Be Strong
- Return of the G
- Rosa Parks
- Skew It on the Bar-B ft. Raekwon
- Synthesizer ft. George Clinton
- West Savannah
- Da Art of Storytellin Pt. 1
- Da Art of Storytellin Pt. 2
- Y’all Scared ft. T-Mo, Big Gipp & Khujo Goodie
- Libertation ft. Cee-lo
- Chonky Fire