Fans of the Atlanta natives know that Outkast albums are unpredictable in the sense of musical style and lyrics. What is predictable, however, is their ability to rock the mic like no other rap group out there, combining different genres of music and thought-provoking lyrics to create hip-hop masterpieces that are more than worthy of air play.
"Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik" If any album is underrated, it's "Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik." The album presents G-funk in a way that it has never been presented before, with lyrics regarding street smarts and a careless attitude that only Andre 3000 and Big Boi could make believable. Lyrics are aggressive and songs are full of clever similies that top every rap album ever made.
"Aquemini" Yet another underrated album, "Aquemini" proves that Outkast has realized their incredible ability to produce raw music that actually has a meaning. With songs such as "Return of the G" and "Rosa Parks" the album keeps it real without guilt. Outkast proves that they're able to turn any given situation into a lyrical journey.
"Stankonia" Outkast ripped off the face of hip-hop music and put their own album in it's place with the release of Stankonia in 2001. Rolling Stones Magazine listed the album as number 359 on the Greatest Albums of All Time. Combining genres such as soul, reggae, rap, and funk, Outkast proves their lyrical genius with tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Hits featured on the album include "So Fresh, So Clean," "B.O.B," and "Ms. Jackson."
"Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" Outkast's fifth studio album was far from disappointing. When everyone thought they couldn't produce an album that rivaled their first few, the group proved everyone wrong. Outkast redefined the limits of hip-hop and rap with songs such as "The Way You Move," "Hey Ya!", and "Roses." The album won the 2004 Grammy Award for Album of the Year as well as the Best Rap Album.
- "Idlewild" If you have yet to see the movie, you need to at least hear the album. It's as if the movie was made for the album, not the other way around. Outkast continues with their innovative style, blending different styles and experimenting with beats. As with their previous albums, Idlewild is completely unexpected, but still within the realms of Outkast style.