2. Stankonia (2000)
This is a group at the peak of their confident powers. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with either Stankonia or Aquemini as the top OutKast achievement. Big Boi and Andre even made a mammoth no. 1 break-up pop hit like the brilliant “Ms. Jackson” sound like a dreamy funk excursion worthy of Prince. With only three tracks produced by OutKast’s mighty longtime production team Organized Noize, this is the ATL boys’ show nearly from top to bottom. They deliver stellar, pimped-out driving music (“So Fresh, So Clean”), a radical, million-beats-per-minute kissing cousin to Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” (“B.O.B”), and lay out the dangerous politics of street hubris (“Red Velvet”). In other words, OutKast wins.