Given that OutKast’s first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was such a rare sound sonically, Rittz recalled the anticipation that led up to the release of ATLiens, which dropped on August 27, 1996.
The Georgia rapper also gave credit to Master P, UGK, and 8Ball & MJG for putting the South on.
“Nobody had heard anything like that before their first album, so you just wanted to know where they were gonna go next,” Rittz said. “‘Elevators’ came you never heard nothing like that before…The South wasn’t really represented at that point, which they were starting to be. ’96 you started getting–Master P started slowly coming along. And of course 8Ball & MJG. UGK. But OutKast to me started the whole–especially for me being from Georgia. And the sound was so unique. When I hear ATLiens it’s like a different smell in the air.”
Rittz, who was 16 years old when ATLiens was released, later applauded OutKast for offering a sound that was both new and refreshing.
“Just the rap skills, period,” he said. “Nobody’s heard anything like that before…It’s like when Snoop Dogg came out. You never heard that before. When Eminem came out. You never heard that before. When OutKast came out. You never heard that before. It’s just at certain times there’s people that come along that bring something so new and so refreshing. And OutKast is definitely one of them.”
Video of Rittz speaking on OutKast’s ATLiens album can be found below.