Rhapsody App for
Rhapsody International, Inc.

by Mosi Reeves

January 25, 2014

Artist Spotlight: Outkast

by Mosi Reeves  |  January 25, 2014

The overjoyed reaction from music fans to Outkast's announcement that they would reunite for Coachella and follow the festival with a national tour reaffirmed them as one of the most beloved musical acts of modern times. Few artists have managed to encapsulate the best traits of hip-hop culture -- its regional slang, its knowledge of "gangsta sh*t", its sympathy toward working-class folks in "the back of the bus," and its unapologetic love of big-tent popular culture -- with as much humor and aplomb. Their absence from the music scene for nearly a decade, thanks to a bad label deal and Andre 3000's rejection of pop success following the diamond-selling Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, has endeared us to them even more.

Outkast's catalog is so essential to the modern hip-hop canon that it seems wrong to cherry-pick from it for a two-hour playlist. This one mostly consists of hits, but there are a few asides, like the overlooked "Hollywood Divorce" and Andre 3000's autobiographical "Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre," that hint at the depths of a hip-hop legend.

Related Posts

Rhapsody app on your desktop or mobile device.

Listen to the songs you love. Anytime, anywhere.

14 day free trial, then just $9.99/month for Rhapsody Premier. View all plans