The Genius Of Outkast
April 26 marks the 20th anniversary of OutKast releasing their classic debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. The album made a clear statement that when it came to competing on a lyrical and concept level, the South could stand toe-to-toe with the East and West Coasts, which were dominating at the time.
With that seminal release, Big Boi and André 3000 sparked the creative juices throughout the South and the region came to dominate the hip hop game. BET.com caught up with Big K.R.I.T., a recent spawn of the Dirty, as he weighed in on the importance of this album and Kast's legacy in hip hop. A true student of OutKast, Big K.R.I.T. offers his thoughts on 20 classic songs from Dre and Big Boi. -Michael Harris @IceBlueVA
“The thing about Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, I was young at the time when it came out in 1994. I remember the single 'Player's Ball' and Outkast made it cool to be southern, and Dre standing up for The South at The Source Awards when he said, 'The South got something to say'," K.R.I.T. kicks off.
"The album was phenomenal and an influence on the kind of music I create, and Organized Noize's production was an inspiration to me. They made it to where the South was respected and could hold our own in a lyrical fashion and songwriting fashion," he continued.
"And taking it farther than that, they put themselves in a position where it's not really a genre you can put Outkast in. They created their own lane and made it OK to be yourself and it just wasn't this old extra elaborate gangsta type music," he said.
"It definitely opened up a different platform and doorway as far as creativity was concerned, and hip hop in general and just me being a southern artist, why not sing on a whole record? Why not do a song like 'Liberation; or get Big Rube to do a poem on your record? So a lot of things they did was groundbreaking, and what a lot of people weren't ready to do or too scared to do in the beginning."
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