Last week for my Music Monday, we highlighted the top 5 albums from Rick Ross. This week we’re celebrating the legendary Outkast and their top 5 albums. Outkast haven’t put out an album since Idlewild, which was the movie they put out. The Speakerboxxx/Love Below album was the last official one that came out over 15 years ago. Big Boi have continued to put out solo projects and Andre 3000 been focusing on acting. From time to time, 3 Stacks have appeared on a few tracks throughout the years. Despite not putting out music over the years, people still talk about Outkast and they’re one of the best duos ever. A couple of days ago, hip hop celebrated the 25-year anniversary of their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. Let’s take a look at my top 5 albums from Outkast.
This will surprise a lot of people, but this is my favorite album from Outkast. ATLiens was their second album and you can tell they were headed in a different direction. You saw the growth in both since the Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik project. ATLiens dropped towards the end of the summer of 1996, which was a momentous year for music. Elevators was the first single released and it showed their advanced storytelling and lyricism. Elevators had fans ready for the new album and the title track was the second single. The ATLiens single came out a couple weeks before the album and it was another great track. Jazzy Belle was another dope single and they actually remixed the track and put Babyface on it. The album went on to sell over two million copies and it solidified Outkast as stars. ATLiens is my favorite album released by Outkast.
For many hip hop fans, Aquemini is their favorite Outkast album and one of their favorites. For me, I’ll never argue that statement but Aquemini is my second favorite album from Outkast. The transaction from their first to second album was crazy. The growth from ATLiens to Aquemini was crazy as it resulted in one of the most talked about albums in hip hop. Aquemini put Outkast in the same category as A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. Rosa Parks was the first single and it was an ode to the former civil rights leader. The track was met with controversy as they were sued by Rosa Parks for the content on the track. Skew It on the Bar-B was the second single and it featured Raekwon the Chef. Aquemini is my second favorite album from Outkast and many peoples favorite.
The debut album from Outkast and what a way to debut. If you’re from the south, you know it was all about the emergence of great groups around this time. Geto Boys, Three 6 Mafia, 8Ball & MJG and UGK were the talked about groups. Outkast put themselves in that conversation when Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik dropped. For Atlanta in general, this album made up-and-coming artists to focus on their lyrics. Player’s Ball, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and Git Up, Git Out were the singles released for the album. This album also opened the door for fellow Dungeon Family members, the Goodie Mob. I still have vivid memories of buying this album when it was released. It’s hard to believe that this classic was released 25 years ago. Either way, this is #3 of my top 5 albums from Outkast.
Stankonia was the fourth album from the legendary Outkast. While this is my fourth favorite album from Outkast, this one got the proper recognition. Stankonia won the Grammy for Best Rap Album back in 2002. With Ms. Jackson, Outkast won Best Rap Performance by Group or Duo also. Stankonia was heralded as another classic Outkast record and one of hip hop’s finest album. B.O.B, Ms. Jackson and So Fresh, So Clean were the singles released for the album. One thing about Outkast is that they know how to pick the singles to boost their albums. Stankonia sold over 500,000 copies in the first week of its release. Outkast never ceased to amaze me how they changed up their style but kept it funky. Stankonia is a tough pick, but this album is my fourth favorite album from Outkast.
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
This Outkast album was much, much different from their previous releases. This was their fifth album and it was a double album. Speakerboxxx was primarily Big Boi’s album and the Love Below was from Andre 3000. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below went on to sell well over 11 million copies. Both released great singles off both of their parts of the album. Big Boi released The Way You Move, which was a smooth track that featured Sleepy Brown. Andre 3000 dropped Hey Ya, which was a mix of jazz and funk. Big Boi’s side had Jay-Z, Killer Mike, Ludacris and members of the Goodie Mob. Andre 3000 had Kelis, Norah Jones, Rosario Dawson and Fonzworth Bentley. Both albums are equally good for several reasons. Either way, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is my 5th favorite album from Outkast.
Where are all my Outkast fans? What are your top 5 albums from Outkast? What do you think about my list of top 5 albums from Outkast? Leave some feedback about the top 5 albums from Outkast or anything related to Outkast.