Outkast is a rap duo consisting of Andre 3000 and Big Boi hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. When discussing the best rap groups of all-time you would be derelict if you didn’t include them in the discussion for the number one spot. Outkast is the answer to any rap fan that says the south has no real lyricists that southern rap is all dancing and heavy bass, please listen to any Outkast album and reconsider your stance. I chose thirty songs from which to form my list, including five from each album (not including Idlewild and six songs from ATLiens because it was hard to choose just five) and four extra songs just to round it out to an even thrity. This list of Outkast’s best songs is my opinion and naturally you may feel different and have other songs that are your personal favorites but I feel that anyone that hasn’t listened to them before will get a good overview of what Outkast is all about. So with that in mind here is my list of Outkast’s 30 greatest songs.
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Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik- This was my favorite Outkast song for a long time and I think now it has faded a bit since I have heard it so much but it is still so damn good. The horns that accompany the laid back beat and pure lyrical skills displayed make this one a winner.
Player’s Ball- All the players came from far and wide.
Git Up, Git Out- If you ever find yourself feeling like you’re not living up to your potential or have wasted your life this is the song for you. It features Goodie Mob along with the two members of Outkast and is seven and a half minutes of greatness.
Ain’t No Thang- Sometimes Outkast gets a bit far out there but on this track and on this album it’s straight rapping. Ain’t No Thang has a slower beat but Andre 3k and Big Boi both go hard with their flows.
Funky Ride- I’m not advocating drug use but I’m pretty sure this sounds like the most amazing thing ever while smoking. You cannot get more laid back than Funky Ride.
Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)- Look at the title and it tells you that you need to listen to this one in the car just riding around your city.
Jazzy Belle- The beat for Jazzy Belle is amazing. The woman singing la, la, la kind of haunts you throughout the track while the guys tell the tale of Jazzy Belle.
Elevators- Me and you, your momma and your cousin too.
ATLiens- Now throw your hands in the air-er and waive em like u just don’t care-er. And if you like fish and grits everybody say oh yeah-er
Babylon- Andre’s verse talking about sex and women is just ill. They call it horny because it’s devilish.
Wheelz of Steel- I don’t really like the hook on this one all that much but the rest of the song is impeccable and I can’t leave it off the list.
Rosa Parks- This was one of my favorite songs of 1998, I was only 11 years old and getting deeper into rap music and I couldn’t hear this enough. I think the beat simply entranced me plus I wanted to learn 3000’s verse because his flow was so fast.
Synthesizer- George Clinton helps out on this track and at different parts of this song it will envelop you.
Da Art of Storytellin’ (Part 1)- The first in the series of tracks with the Storytellin’ name and this one is my favorite of the lot. Good lord the production on the Aquemini album was amazing.
Aquemini- The album’s title track and it fits the bill perfectly filled with great wordplay and a steady flowing beat.
Return of the “G”- Return of the gangsta! Thanks ta!
So Fresh, So Clean- Even after a decade I don’t know if I can think of a song that is so smooth except maybe the aforementioned Funky Ride. The beat is funky as well and everything about this song is cool.
Ms. Jackson- This was a huge hit in 2000 about baby mommas and the strain separating from your child’s mother can bring.
B.O.B.- Bombs over Baghdad is very high energy with lyrics spit so fast it’ll take you multiple listens to decipher. But do your self a favor and listen to it.
Humble Mumble- Never mind the weird Andre 3000 intro it really fits this song which just sounds alien to this world. Features Erykah Badu.
We Love Deez Hoez- I don’t know if anybody else considers this a top 5 song off of Stankonia but it’s a personal favorite of mine.
Speakerboxx/The Love Below
Ghetto Musick- Wow this song is out there but it’s so entertaining and upbeat.
The Way Your Move- This was the single for Big Boi’s Speakerboxx and features a nice instrumental, rapping, and catchy hook for you to sing along with.
A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre- The Love Below wasn’t strictly rap, in fact it was kind of sparse throughout the CD but this track was one of them with rapping and it’s pretty much Andre going on for 5 minutes.
Bowtie- Crocodile on my feet, Fox fur on my back, bowtie around my neck, that´s why they call me the Gangsta Mack, in the Cadillac.
Benz or Beemer- Off the soundtrack of the movie New Jersey Drive. So how do you figure that Atlanta don’t be pullin’ them triggers?
Art of Storytellin’ Part 4- This is a fantastic song. Andre absolutely kills the first verse and Big Boi lays down a great one as well.
Again Remix- This is a remix of the Lenny Kravitz song with a hip hop beat and a verse from Big Boi.
Everlasting- Don’t take your food outside around your friends, unless you have enough to feed the neighborhood. Words to live by.