Ten Years after the release of their triple-Grammy-award-winning ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’, OutKast's fifth studio album has moved over 11 million copies. It not only gained huge critical acclaim but also topped both B.I.G’s 'Life after Death' and Eminem's 'Marshal Mathers LP', in becoming the biggest selling Hip Hop album of all time.  Despite this, OutKast have not always been so popular, following its release, the album was dubbed potentially ‘suicidal’, with Rolling stone likening Andre 3000s somewhat… unique vocals to an ‘eight-year-old at a family holiday party’.  Yet it was this wild unpredictability- a combination of psychedelic strings, digital synthesised funk, Big Boi’s sharp yet effortless rap and Andre 3000’s not-so-perfect southern gospel vocals, that proved a perfect crossover hit. By blending 3000’s forward thinking ambition with Big Boi’s ultra-smooth candid Rhymes, OutKast were able to bypass the pretensions that innovative Hip hop is so often accused of.

After years of speculative rumours, record label conflicts and contributions to Frank Ocean’s ‘Pink Matter’ (that Andre 3000 firmly insisted was not an OutKast collaboration), it has finally been reported that the duo will reunite in 2014. While it has been claimed to be an exclusively live-performance reunion, with no new material confirmed, Shuf takes a look at our favourite OutKast Tracks...

Words: Ruby Atkin

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Babylon

Prototype

Hey Ya

Ms. Jackson

So Fresh, So Clean

Crumblin' Erb

Git Up, Git Out

She Lives In My Lap

Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)

Rosa Parks

SpottieOttieDopaliscious

Where Are My Panties?

Elevators (Me & You)

13th Floor (Growing Old)

Player's Ball

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AuthorDuncan Harrison