Consequence of Sound

For all the acclaim and think pieces, it’s surprising how much of OutKast’s praise came in retrospect. Andre 3000 actually had to take time to explain that 2000’s Stankonia was, in fact, not Outkast’s debut album. The corrections weren’t anywhere near as awkward as what had happened five years prior at the 1995 Source Awards. Southerners Andre 3000 and Big Boi were already doomed in their appearance with the East Coast/West Coast beef threatening to divide the room. Why the hell would anybody listen to what the South had to say? But that’s exactly what ‘Dre said in his terse acceptance speech: “The South got something to say!”

People eventually started listening, though, and soon OutKast’s Atlantan mentality wasn’t that foreign. The duo have carried their home’s values and drawl on their sleeves but have still managed to connect with a wide and dedicated fan base at a profound…

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