OutKast Songs Ranked

Outkast (stylized as OutKast) was an American hip hop duo formed in 1992 in East Point, Georgia, consisting of Atlanta-based rappers André “3000” Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton. Widely recognized for its intricate lyricism, memorable melodies, and positive messages,[2] OutKast is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop duos of all time. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, helping to popularize Southern hip hop while experimenting with diverse genres such as funk, psychedelia, jazz, and techno. Here are all of OutKast songs ranked.

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20. Liberation (Aquemini, 1998)

“I really like this song and I was very surprised I like more than one song on this album, keep the art coming guys good job.”

19. Git Up, Git Out (Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, 1994)

“South hip hop at its best. Pretty meaningful lyrics, loud bass in the beat, and a great strong hook. This could almost be considered conscious hip hop.”

18. Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac) (ATLiens, 1996)

“TWO DOPE BOYZ (IN A CADILLAC) – Emphasis on “dope.” The Organized Noize production here is world-class excellent: this shit sounds like it was recorded on another planet, from the spacey synth work to the live drums. Big Boi and Dre sound like revitalized rappers, eschewing the gangsta rap blueprint of their debut for some A+ lyrical styling.”

17. 13th Floor / Growing Old (ATLiens, 1996)

“”13th Floor” and “Growing Old” are combined into one track on the album, but since the former is another Big Rube spoken word poetry piece, and as such pretty useless, I’m separating the review.”

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16. Wheelz of Steel (ATLiens, 1996)

“‘Wheelz of Steel’s jazz guitar leads mournfully beat against a mechanical boom-bap beat and a chugging electric organ. Babylon’s liturgical voice juts out accusingly against the sexual confessional of the lyrics.”

15. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, 1994)

“Southernplayalisticadillacmusik struck a cord with listeners as, for the first time ever, the dirty south was represented in the genre, and citizens of those southern states couldn’t have been more ecstatic with whom was helming the come-up. With their funkadelic sound reminiscent of that old 70’s classic soul, Outkast brought a whole new level of dynamisms never before experienced in Hip-Hop up until that point.”

14. The Whole World (Big Boi and Dre Present… Outkast, 2001)

“This is an awesome track! The Bass on it is one of the best bass lines i have heard for ages, so simple but so addictive! The rapping is quick and fluid with Killer Mike dropping in a welcome verse or two. Stunning song from a stunning band!”

13. Gasoline Dreams (Stankonia, 2000)

“Gasoline Dreams is the first actual song and it’s just brutal. It sounds like Dre recorded his vocals through a megaphone as he calls everyone to repent against the American dream. Dre and Big Boi rap about corruption, racism, drugs, incarceration, pollution, immorality and the apocalypse brought on by these wrong-doings. This track just gets me amped for the record every time.”

12. The Way You Move (Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, 2003)

“Outkast had already scored high this decade with B.O.B. and Hey Ya (that one about smells like poo poo was crap). The Way You Move followed their rush of success to a lesser extent. The rapping is made mostly by Sleepy Brown, but the melody and the catchy chorus are Outkast quality certified, which proves they were certainly, the best mainstream hip-hop act around these last two decades.”

11. So Fresh, So Clean (Stankonia, 2000)

“Before swag rap, bragging in extraneous detail the affairs that surround the lifestyle of a rapper, whether true or made up, graced systems all across the country in the late 2000’s, So Fresh, So Clean stood as the original. No one, not even competing rappers, would dare claims themselves to be fresher than Big Boi and Andre. “

10. Return of the “G” (Aquemini, 1998)

“This album in my opinion put Three Stacks among the greatest rappers ever, just listen to his verse on the opening track “Return of the ‘G'”, it’s lyrically furiously good, his flow is rapid fire and well it’s one of the greatest verses of all-time, and it’s just one of these deadly verses André delivers here, he’s just untouchable on every song he’s on and while Big Boi is good as ever and his verses are as great as they always are, he can do nothing but watch André rap his ass off here.”

9. Aquemini (Aquemini, 1998)

Aquemini is just legendary. The musical innovation and creativity is just on a whole other level compared to any album released before it or truth be told, even 12 years after nobody has been able (or nobody has dared) to recreate a sound like this, maybe because it’s quite impossible. “

8. Elevators (ATLiens, 1996)

“Few will ever question Outkast’s place amongst the top tier of Hip-Hop artists, but what’s often gone unnoticed is their excellence in the field of production. Few tracks were actually flashy, but where their bread and butter resided was in their minimalistic approach, case in point ‘Elevators (Me & You),’ where nothing more than a bass and hi-hats carried the spacious atmosphere. It was also a perfect showing of ‘Kast’s impeccable record of distinguishable choruses and classic verses.”

7. Rosa Parks (Aquemini, 1998)

“This is a pretty good song with a mad beat from their most lyrical album. All their albums are good. The chorus for this song is catchy and it is pretty good, from outkast, a great group of rappers”

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6. ATLiens (ATLiens, 1996)

“Best song off of the 1996 classic. The chorus is just so simple but yet so genius at the same time. Big Boi spits hot fire about saying how he’s cooler than a polar bears toe nails and giving a shout out to his uncle in prison.”

5. Roses (Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, 2003)

“I relatively liked this song, it’s just a good song. It gets annoying after a while though it’s a plus that it doesn’t sound heavily dated like many singles grow to do. The album version is very overlong, the video ultimately sells the song well and saves it.”

4. Da Art of Storytellin’ (Pt. 1) (Aquemini, 1998)

“I find this to be the best outkast song because this is all out story rap at its best and andre 3000 and big boi are great on this track. rap songs that story tell are great on its own but no one can do it better then outkast and the creativity and great lyrics makes it the best outkast song in my opinion. not to also mention that the music video was dope as hell and creative, and no matter what version it was its always a treat if u like the single version that’s clean with slick rick or the album version that’s dirty without slick rick still amazing.”

3. B.O.B (B.O.B, 2000)

“The album’s first single, “B.O.B.” was a mindfuck of futuristic funk, delivered at a blazingly-fast 155 beats-per-minute. André is first out of the gate, spinning lightning-sharp rhymes over the track’s hyper-charged instrumental backing. While the “coolness” of Big Boi’s delivery gives his verse a more relaxed feel, it is nearly as dexterous as that of his often-more-nimble counterpart.”

2. Hey Ya! (Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, 2003)

“With songs like Hey Ya! Outkast turned out to be the decade’s one true inheritor of the musical legacy of Prince. They are the one hip hop band that sound like they could also have been a good soul or funk act had they been born a couple of decades earlier. This is as good as any pop single released since 2000.”

1. Ms. Jackson (Ms. Jackson / Sole Sunday, 2000)

“These aren’t just great songs which still sound as awesome now as they always have, but shit, I grew up on these songs. I can still remember being 11 years old in my final year at primary school and me and all my school friends, who I never see any more, listening to this song on my friend’s minidisc player (whatever happened to those?) on the back of the bus we went on to go to swimming lessons and just thinking this was the most awesome thing ever. This is 2 years before “Hey Ya!” came out of course and I realised that was even more awesome.”