20. AQUEMINI (1998)
Production: Organized Noize, OutKast, David “Mr. DJ” Sheats
Acclaim: It’s the moment Andre 3000 and Big Boi went left while everyone else in hip-hop went right. From the off-beat coolness of “Rosa Parks” to the spoken word, ska-inflected “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” ’Kast not only went beyond Southern rap, but rap itself.
Peak moment: The mighty tandem’s brave, straight-no-chaser rebuke of gangsta groupthink on “Return of The ‘G’.”