Outkast popularized Southern rap to the masses, point blank period, with a sound that was both conscious in its message, but relatable and funky at the same damn time. Hits such as “Player’s Ball,” “Rosa Parks,” and “Roses,” intertwined funk, soul, psychedelic, jazz and a few kitchen sinks in a way that made pimps, playas, mamas, papas and even grandmamas bob their heads along. The combination of the polar opposite duo made the group stand out in their sound and stand the test of time.
The Mighty O returned last year with a 20th anniversary tour that wowed people from coast to coast, and showed the impact of the group not only across the country, but across generations and ethnic groups. However, the tour might be the last time we see the resident Stankonians. Andre 3000, the major hold up on the group putting out new material, has said numerous times that he’s not really interested in reliving the past and did not enjoy doing the tour. However, we’re still holding out that rap’s most dynamic duo will once again form like Voltron to delight not only past fans but a new era of hip hop heads.