17 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally tacked onto a Christmas compilation for LaFace Records, “Player’s Ball” introduced the world not only to Outkast but to a new slant on how hip-hop could look, feel, and sound. By the time their debut album came out six months later—spring 1993, halfway between Doggystyle and Ready to Die—the duo had evolved from curiosity to contenders, avatars of a supposedly “Southern” style classified by region because no other classification worked. Laidback but alert, grounded but reflective, the music mixed rubbery synths with live-band funk instrumentation for a sound that elided the macho clichés dominating rap at the time without ever being preachy.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Originally tacked onto a Christmas compilation for LaFace Records, “Player’s Ball” introduced the world not only to Outkast but to a new slant on how hip-hop could look, feel, and sound. By the time their debut album came out six months later—spring 1993, halfway between Doggystyle and Ready to Die—the duo had evolved from curiosity to contenders, avatars of a supposedly “Southern” style classified by region because no other classification worked. Laidback but alert, grounded but reflective, the music mixed rubbery synths with live-band funk instrumentation for a sound that elided the macho clichés dominating rap at the time without ever being preachy.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

CenterCore ,

Awesome

I really don't understand how these guys are so overlooked. In a world of cliche "rappers" at every turn, who all sound alike, OutKast have NEVER followed everyone else's formula. They have remained original and creative from the start, and that is apparent with every album they have released. I have yet to be disappointed in them. But, knowing modern "music", they too might bring in the auto-toner and conform to everyone else's sound. I hate to sound so negative, but I've seen so many artists fall into cliches. This album isn't particularly my favorite of OutKast's, but it's still better than 99.99% of rap out there today. I love the message of "Git Up, Git Out". Their lyrics are probably the deepest and most artistic of any hip-hop group to date. They do sometimes rap about cars and women, but they do it in a more comical way, you WANT to hear more. They're more about making awesome music and remaining true to their roots than bragging about their fame like everyone else. If you even THINK you like hip-hop, buy this album and be introduced to REAL hip-hop. Don't let the current trend-followers on the top 100 list fool you; THIS IS HIP-HOP!!

Burley Jackson ,

Undisputed!

They were my first introduction to the south. I was visiting my cousins in N.C. when they intorduced me to them and I have not missed a verse since. They will alway be undisputed in my book.

deenus111 ,

Fantastic

this is one of the few albums i can listen to from start to finish and not get bored. its a beautiful blend of genres and exciting raps.

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