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Outkast's debut had some varied reviews. Check out some of them and read up on how the genesis of the legendary ATL duo didn't come with immediate embracing.

After a record deal with LaFace, Outkast went right to work on their debut, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. With the help of production team, Organized Noize, the then teenagers, Antwon Patton and Andre Benjamin created a Hip Hop album that was a lauded hybrid of Funk and Soul. With Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, the rookie group helped spread the “Dirty South” blanket farther than 8Ball & MJG had done the year before with “Comin' Out Hard.”

Hip Hop was about to embark on an already brewing bi-coastal battle. Unknowingly, Big Boi and Andre3000 painted a third landscape and made a Hip Hop album that was the stylistic equivalent to Switzerland (only stylistically since their debut video would be directed by Puffy and would later become an opening act for Biggie). They weren’t about fighting the competition as much as they were struggling to survive inner demons, lack of motivation, staying in school, getting high off the work, and living in a sector of our country that still flew the Confederate battle flag. Even in their braggadocio joints there was a tinge of redemption.

The few major critics that reviewed Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik were able to decipher the important role they played for Southern Rap. An interesting review, or lack thereof, came from Robert Cristagu, of the Village Voice, who gave it a generic “dud” rating, which was defined as: “a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought.” In later years, he would rave about Aquemini, Stankonia, The Love Below/Speakerboxxx, and even Idlewild.

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik would be redeemed in Robert’s review of the group’s 2001 greatest hits compilation, Big Boi and Dre Present...Outkast, in which he talks about the track "Crumblin’ Erb," and how it’s one of his favorite records. That’s the test of time, right there.

"A dud: a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought." – The Village Voice

“Opting not to just make hyped-up rhyme lies, they coat their lyrics with that strange Southern phenomenon – honesty.” – The Source

“If there is such a thing as Southern hip-hop, you're not going to find it in Arrested Development's suspiciously peppy, idealized version of down-home. You'll get closer with Outkast's lazy, sprawling grooves on Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik...” – Entertainment Weekly

“Their sauntering, hard-core tales of the 'hood bristle with clever humor and sharp insights rather than rage.” – LA Weekly


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  • g.d.stubbs

    Dropped the same year as "Illmatic" and it's just as significant in its own right. "Straight out the fucking dungeons of rap..." Nas Outkast... in the Dungeon with the Dungeon Family. When hip-hop was still a *FAMILY*.

  • Micah Dancy

    When Outkast came out they had to fight to be heard from the south they got booed in new York during the 1995 source awards when Andre 3000 said the south had something to say they kept being them becoming probably the Greatest Group Ever for the fact every album they dropped went platinum they always been innovating and original which they never mentioned when that is brought up the birth Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and etc but Outkast thank u for making truthful music I listen to every album yall ever did classics salute u for 20 years in the game peace