18 Facts About Outkast


Outkast was an American hip hop duo formed in 1992 in East Point, Georgia, consisting of Atlanta-based rappers Andre "3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton.

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Outkast is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential hip hop acts of all time.

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Outkast released their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik in 1994, which gained popularity after the single "Player's Ball" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.

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Outkast next released the soundtrack for the 2006 musical film Idlewild, which they starred in.

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In 2014, Outkast reunited to celebrate their 20th anniversary by performing at more than 40 festivals worldwide, beginning at the Coachella Festival in April.

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Between six studio albums and a greatest hits release, Outkast have certified sales totaling over 20 million records.

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Outkast, Organized Noize, and schoolmates Goodie Mob formed the nucleus of the Dungeon Family organization.

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Outkast signed to L A And Babyface imprint prior to graduation which would later become LaFace Records in 1992, becoming the label's first hip hop act and making their first appearance on the remix of labelmate TLC's "What About Your Friends".

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Outkast forged the connections between Hip Hop and the black freedom struggle with their controversial song "Rosa Parks" featured on the album.

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In December 2001, Outkast released a greatest hits album, Big Boi and Dre Present.

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In September 2011 it was announced that Outkast was moved to Epic Records following restructuring within Sony Music Entertainment.

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In late 2013, it was reported that Outkast would reunite at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2014.

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One central motif of Outkast's songwriting is the duality of the two members and their differing personalities, with Big Boi as "the player" and Andre 3000 as "the poet".

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In contrast to much of hip hop music in the late 1990s, Outkast did not tone down its Southern regional qualities, like the harmonica break on "Rosa Parks" and distinctive Atlanta slang and diction throughout.

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Outkast voiced a crow in Charlotte's Web, a movie adaptation of the 1952 children's book.

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Outkast starred in the 2008 film Battle in Seattle, a film about the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests.

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The song, which Outkast maintained was intended partly as homage, refers to Parks metaphorically: the purpose of the song's chorus is to imply that Outkast is overturning hip hop's old order, and that people should make way for a new style and sound.

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Later on appeal, the issue of whether Outkast violated the Lanham Act for false advertising was reversed and remanded for further proceedings.

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