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Outkast (stylized as OutKast) is an American hip hop duo formed in 1992, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. They were originally known as Two Shades Deep but later changed the group's name to OutKast. The group's original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-funk.Subsequently however, funk, soul, rock, electronic music, psychedelic, spoken word poetry, jazz, and blues elements have been added to the group's musical palette.

After forming the group as high school students in 1992, Outkast released their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994), which gained popularity after the single "Player's Ball", reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. With successive releases including ATLiens in 1996, Aquemini in 1998 and Stankonia in 2000, Outkast continually experimented and developed their music. In 2003, the duo released the double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which featured the number one singles "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move". Speakerboxxx/The Love Below won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2004, the first and only for a hip hop group. Outkast next created the soundtrack for the 2006 musical film Idlewild, which they starred in. Since 2007, Outkast has been on hiatus and both members have pursued their solo careers, although the group moved to Epic Records in September 2011. In 2014, Outkast reunited to celebrate their 20th anniversary by performing at more than 40 festivals worldwide in 2014, beginning at the Coachella Festival in April.

The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards. Between six studio albums and a greatest hits release, Outkast has sold over 25 million records. Meanwhile they have garnered widespread critical acclaim, with publications such as Rolling Stone and Pitchfork Media listing albums such as Aquemini and Stankonia among the best of their era.

They won a Grammy Award for 'Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group' in 2003 with their single The Whole World.
Both OutKast members were confirmed as being characters in the video game Def Jam: Icon that will be release in March of 2007.
In 2004, Outkast's album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below won for both Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards.
In 2002, Outkast won two Grammy Awards, one for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group with the song ”Ms.Jackson” and the other for Album of the Year (Stankonia).
OutKast's third album Aquemini (1998) was named after the zodiac signs of Big Boi (Aquarius) and André (Gemini).
In 1995, OutKast won for Best New Rap Group at the Source Awards.
Signed to LaFace Record in 1992, Outkast was the label's first Hip Hop act. They made their first appearence on TLC's "What About Your Friends".
Both Outkast members are counted among the celebrities "Punk'd" by Ashton Kutcher.
OutKast's album Stankonia (2000) went 4 times Platinum, selling over 4,000,000 copies world wide.
Their albums ATLiens (1996) and Aquemini (1998) were both certified double Platinum.
Their albums Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994) and Big Boi And Dre Present...OutKast (2001) were both certified Platinum.
OutKast's new album, Idlewild, is the soundtrack of the motion picture Idlewild in which the two members of the group are cast.
OutKast's "Hey Ya" was the number one song on the very final weekend of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem. It was also number one a week later on the very first weekend of American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest.
While searching through a dictionary, Big Boi and André 3000 came across the word "outcast" and decided this would be a perfect group name, for at the time the hip hop industry was dominated by East Coast and West Coast rappers who saw southern rappers as outcasts. They simply changed the "c" in the word into a "k".
Outkast's members are André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as "Dre") and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, both from Atlanta.
OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album was named diamond after it sold more than 10,000,000 records in the US.
Outkast is singed to LaFace Records.
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994)
ATLiens (1996)
Aquimeni (1998)
Stankonia (2000)
Big Boi And Dre Present... Outkast (2001)
Speakerboxx/The Love Below (2003)
Idlewild (2006)


Adult Hits

The Way You Move


Ms. Jackson

Today's Hits

Hey Ya
Ms_ Jackson
So Fresh and So Clean
The Whole World

Members of this Group

Baby Blues










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