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- Outkast is set to release thier newest album, IDLEWILD, here's a little bit about the much anticipated album.
"Mighty O," first single from IDLEWILD album, boasts Dré and Big Boi rhyming together on same track for the first time since 2000
Three years since the release of 5-time Grammy Award-winner OutKast's landmark RIAA diamond-certified #1 double-CD Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton and André '3000' Benjamin return in a BIG way this August with their first appearance together in a motion picture, and the most eagerly anticipated new album of their career, IDLEWILD, set for August 22nd release on LaFace/Zomba Music Group.
"Mighty O," first single from IDLEWILD, finds Dré and Big Boi rhyming together on a track for the first time in six years, since OutKast's triple-platinum CD of 2000, Stankonia. "Mighty O" was co-written by Dré and Big Boi and produced by Organized Noize. A second single, the Big Boi solo track "Morris Brown" (featuring Scar and Sleepy Brown
OutKast's third album Aquemini (199 also reached the number-two position on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States; its title was a combination of the zodiac signs of Big Boi (an Aquarius) and André (a Gemini). The album was widely praised as possibly the group's best material to date: when reviewed by popular hip hop publication The Source, it received the much-coveted "5 Mics" (out of five) rating.
Producing more material themselves, both Big Boi and André explored more eclectic subject matter, delving into sounds inspired by soul, trip hop, and electro music. The album featured production by Organized Noize and collaborations with Raekwon, funk pioneer and musical forebear George Clinton, and the Goodie Mob.
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ATLiens was OutKast's second album, released in 1996. The album hit number-two on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States, and helped the group earn more recognition among East Coast hip hop fans in the East and West coasts.
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Benjamin and Patton went to Tri-Cities High School together in East Point, Georgia, and became musical rivals, challenging each other to freestyle MC battles on a regular basis. They eventually teamed up, and were pursued by Organized Noize, a group of local producers who would later make hits for TLC and Xscape. OutKast, Organized Noize, and schoolmates Goodie Mob formed the nucleus of the Dungeon Family organization.
OutKast signed to LaFace Records in 1992, becoming the label's first hip hop act and making their first appearance on the remix of labelmates TLC's "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg". In 1993, they released their first single, "Player's Ball". The song's funky style, much of it accomplished with live instrumentation, was a hit with audiences."Player's Ball" hit number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.
Their full length debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was issued the next year. Follow-up singles included the title track and "Git Up, Git Out", a politically charged collaboration with Goodie Mob that was later sampled by Macy Gray for her 1999 hit "Do Something." On this early material, both André and Big Boi contrast lyrical content reflecting the lifestyles of pimps and gangsters with politically conscious material commenting on the status of African Americans in the South. OutKast won Best New Rap Group at the Source Awards in 1995.
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