So what happens when one of the most influential, genre-blurring, and revered hip-hop acts of all time reunite after a near decade long separation? You get unmitigated excitement that OutKast—the musically fearless duo of part-time actor Andre 3000 and Big Boi—will be hitting the concert stage for a 40-date festival tour.
The tandem, which led the South’s revolutionary hip-hop rise in the ‘90s with their prophetic 1994 debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, has long gone beyond the safe confines of traditional rap. Kast would go on to release a string of albums that continually re-wrote the book on what hip-hop could be.
As followers of the Atlanta-based act wish upon a star for a proper reunion in the recording studio, VIBE presents the definitive breakdown of OutKast’s album work from worst (relatively speaking!) to best, including solo releases. Did we get it right? Read on. —Keith Murphy (@murphdogg29)