When talking about hip-hop, rap, and everything in between one cannot deny that music duos have changed the game by pairing two musicians who either share a common style or are a polar opposite to create a common sound. When this practice is well-executed it can lead to some of the most inspirational and outright amazing pieces of art to ever be released.
Outkast was the forefront duo in the 90’s and early 2000’s to help popularize experimentation in hip-hop. This unique sound helped earn them not only commercial success but also critical praise as well making them forever known for their uniqueness and ability to be creative.
Their first album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was released in 1994 and was certified platinum in 1995. The album was a huge success and opened up many doors that the genre always left closed, thus making this album a necessity for the further development of hip-hop. “Player’s Ball” which was their lead single it was more than enough to solidify their presence as a major game-changer before their album even came out. With hit songs coming out all the time songs like “Hey Ya!”, “Ms. Jackson”, “So Fresh, So Clean” and much more that show the talent and duo had.
The group itself would go on to until 2006 when they decided to go on hiatus and eventually André 3000 and Big Boi would go on to still be prominent features in music. With Big Boi releasing Boomiverse in 2017 the duo’s solo careers have picked back up recently especially André 3000. André 3000 has even been introduced to a newer and younger audience by being featured on many albums of the last few years such as The Life of Pablo, Blonde, Birds in the Trap Sing Brian McKnight, and Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. Outkast is undeniably one of the best duo’s to ever exist and was a major influence on many musicians today but were they the best?
I’d honestly have to say yes; Outkast is the greatest duo of all time. With other duo’s such as UGK, Eric B & Rakim, and Mobb Deep being legends on their own; Outkast still comes out on top. Their ability to experiment and become unique when their genre started to get repetitive is what gave them the ultimate staying power during that time. Outkast has proved time and time again that they were the best by nailing every album release and receiving a huge amount of praise from critics and fans alike, the Grammy-winning duo deserves to be recognized as the best duo of all time.