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Outkast
Outkast
(stylized as OutKast) is an American hip hop duo formed in 1991, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton.[1] The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s, helping to popularize Southern hip hop[1] while experimenting with diverse genres such as funk, psychedelia, jazz, and techno.[2][3] Benjamin and Patton formed the group as high school students in 1991. OutKast released their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
in 1994, which gained popularity after the single "Player's Ball" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. With successive releases including ATLiens
ATLiens
(1996) and Aquemini
Aquemini
(1998), the duo further developed their sound, experimenting with a variety of styles and achieving commercial success. In 2000, Outkast
Outkast
released the critically acclaimed Stankonia, which included the singles "Ms. Jackson" and "B.O.B." In 2003, the duo released the double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which featured the number one singles "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move." The album would eventually win the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Album of the Year and was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. Outkast
Outkast
next released the soundtrack for the 2006 musical film Idlewild, which they also starred in. In 2007, the duo went on hiatus and both members have since pursued solo careers. In 2014, Outkast
Outkast
reunited to celebrate their 20th anniversary by performing at more than 40 festivals worldwide in 2014, beginning at the Coachella Festival
Coachella Festival
in April.[4] The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards. Between six studio albums and a greatest hits release, Outkast
Outkast
has sold over 25 million records. Meanwhile, they have garnered widespread critical acclaim, with publications such as Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
and Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
listing albums such as Aquemini
Aquemini
and Stankonia
Stankonia
among the best of their era.

Contents

1 History

1.1 1991–95: Formation and debut 1.2 1995–99: Breakthrough with ATLiens
ATLiens
and Aquemini 1.3 2000–01: Stankonia
Stankonia
and Greatest Hits 1.4 2002–04: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below 1.5 2005–06: Idlewild 1.6 2007–13: Hiatus and solo work 1.7 2014–present: Reunions

2 Musical style and influences 3 Collaborations and other work 4 Film projects 5 Lawsuit 6 Discography 7 Awards and nominations 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] 1991–95: Formation and debut[edit]

André 3000
André 3000
and Big Boi
Big Boi
met as teenagers at Atlanta's Lenox Square shopping center (pictured).

Benjamin and Patton met in 1991 at the Lenox Square
Lenox Square
shopping mall when they were both sixteen years old.[5] The two lived in the East Point section of Atlanta
Atlanta
and attended Tri-Cities High School, an arts based academy.[5][6] During school, Benjamin and Patton participated in rap battles in the cafeteria.[5] Benjamin's parents were divorced and he was living with his father. Meanwhile, Patton had to move with his four brothers and six sisters from Savannah to Atlanta. Benjamin and Patton eventually teamed up and were pursued by Organized Noize, a group of local producers who would later make hits for TLC.[1] The duo initially wanted to be called "2 Shades Deep" or "The Misfits", but because those names were already taken they later decided to use "OutKast" based on finding "outcast" as synonym for "misfit" in a dictionary.[7] OutKast, Organized Noize, and schoolmates Goodie Mob formed the nucleus of the Dungeon Family organization. OutKast signed to L.A. And Babyface imprint prior to graduation[8] which would later become LaFace Records
LaFace Records
in 1992, becoming the label's first hip hop act and making their first appearance on the remix of labelmate TLC's "What About Your Friends". During the holiday season of 1993, they released their first single, "Player's Ball". The song's funky style, much of it accomplished with live instrumentation, was a hit with audiences. "Player's Ball" hit number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.[1] 'Player's Ball' also topped the R&B charts for six weeks.[9] Their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, was issued on April 26, 1994. This initial effort is credited with laying the foundation for southern hip hop and is considered a classic by many. Every track on Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
was produced by Organized Noize and featured other members of the Dungeon Family. Follow-up singles included the title track and "Git Up Git Out", a politically charged collaboration with Goodie Mob that was later sampled by Macy Gray
Macy Gray
for her 1999 hit "Do Something." On this early material, both André and Big Boi
Big Boi
contrast lyrical content reflecting the lifestyles of pimps and gangsters with politically conscious material commenting on the status of African Americans
African Americans
in the South. OutKast won Best New Rap Group at the Source Awards
Source Awards
in 1995.[1] In the same year, the group contributed "Benz or a Beamer" to the popular New Jersey Drive soundtrack. 1995–99: Breakthrough with ATLiens
ATLiens
and Aquemini[edit] After Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
was certified platinum, LaFace Records gave OutKast more creative control and advanced money for their follow-up album, which they recorded from 1995 to 1996.[10] The duo took the opportunity to recreate their image. On a trip to Jamaica with producer Mr. DJ, the two decided to abandon their cornrow hairstyles in favor of a more natural aesthetic, vowing to stop combing their hair.[11] Dungeon Family member Big Rube observed an increase in the duo's confidence after returning from their first tour, remarking, "They started understanding the power they had in their music. They started showing a swagger that certain artists have—the ones that are stars."[12] The two also became more accustomed to playing live, particularly Big Boi, and André 3000 significantly changed his lifestyle, as he adopted a more eccentric fashion sense, became a vegetarian, and stopped smoking marijuana.[13] The members also underwent changes in their personal lives; in 1995, Big Boi's girlfriend gave birth to their first child and André 3000 and Total's Keisha Spivey ended their two-year relationship.[14] The double platinum album, ATLiens, was released on August 27, 1996. The album exhibited a notably more laid-back, spacey production sound, taking influence from dub and reggae.[15][16] On ATLiens, André 3000 and Big Boi
Big Boi
abandoned the "hard-partying playa characters" of their debut album in favor of more spacey, futuristic personas, and produced many of the songs on their own for the first time.[14][17] Their tracks have an outer-space feeling to them- a feeling that, ironically, has warmed the community right up to them.[18] Critics praised the group's maturing musical style on the record, which debuted at number two on the U.S. The album would climb to number three on Billboard's top R&B/Hip Hop chart.[19] Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart and sold nearly 350,000 copies in its first two weeks of release.[20][21] The single "Elevators (Me & You)" reached number 12 and spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100
Hot 100
chart.[22] ATLiens further solidified OutKast as the flagship representatives of the 1st generation Dungeon Family and the Southern hip hop movement. The album helped the group earn more recognition among East Coast hip hop
East Coast hip hop
fans in the East and West coasts.[1] For this album, OutKast joined with partner David "Mr. DJ" Sheats to form the Earthtone III production company, which allowed the group to produce some of their own tracks. "ATLiens" was the group's second Top 40 single (following "Player's Ball" from their first album), and reflected the beginning of André's increasingly sober lifestyle:[23] "No drugs or alcohol/so I can get the signal clear," he rhymes about himself in the single "ATLiens". OutKast's third album Aquemini
Aquemini
was released on September 29, 1998, It was also certified double platinum and reached the number-two position on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
album chart in the United States; its title was a combination of the zodiac signs of Big Boi
Big Boi
(an Aquarius) and André (a Gemini).[16] Producing more material themselves, both Big Boi
Big Boi
and André explored more eclectic subject matter, delving into sounds inspired by soul, trip hop, and electro music. The album featured production by Organized Noize and collaborations with Raekwon, Slick Rick, funk pioneer and musical forebear George Clinton, and Goodie Mob. Outkast
Outkast
forged the connections between Hip Hop and the black freedom struggle with their controversial song "Rosa Parks" featured on the album.[24] 2000–01: Stankonia
Stankonia
and Greatest Hits[edit]

"B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)"

In 2009, "(Bombs Over Baghdad)" placed no. 1 on Pitchfork Media's list of 500 Top Tracks of the 2000s

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Originally titled 'Sandbox', the pair's fourth album, Stankonia
Stankonia
was released in October 2000 to positive reviews. The album was seen as a change in the group's musical style, as it had a more commercial and mainstream appeal, compared to their previous three albums which were darker and deeper. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
in the U.S., and would eventually be certified quadruple-platinum. Stankonia's first single was "B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)", a high-tempo-influenced record. The second single, "Ms. Jackson", combined a pop hook with lyrics about divorce and relationship breakups, particularly André's breakup with singer Erykah Badu; the titular "Ms. Jackson" character being a doppelgänger for Badu's mother. It was at this time that André changed his stage name to the current "André 3000," mostly to avoid being mixed up with Dr. Dre. The single became their first pop hit, landing the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100
Hot 100
chart, and the number-two position on the UK Singles Chart. The album's final single was the Organized Noize-produced "So Fresh, So Clean", featuring a credited guest appearance from regular guest vocalist and Organized Noize-member Sleepy Brown
Sleepy Brown
and garnered a remix featuring Snoop Dogg. All three singles' videos had heavy MTV2
MTV2
airplay, and OutKast won two 2001 Grammy Awards, one for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Ms. Jackson", and another for Stankonia
Stankonia
as Best Rap Album.[25] Pitchfork named Stankonia
Stankonia
the 4th greatest album released between 2000 and 2004 in its 2005 feature.[26] Later on the webzine selected Stankonia
Stankonia
as the 13th best album of the 2000s. And B.O.B. was chosen number one song of the decade by this same webzine.[27] In December 2001, OutKast released a greatest hits album, Big Boi
Big Boi
and Dre Present...OutKast, which also contained three new tracks. One of these new tracks was the single "The Whole World", which won a 2002 Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Killer Mike also was featured on the song, gaining some exposure among areas outside of his native Atlanta. The other two new songs were called "Funkin' Around" and "Movin' Cool (The After Party)". 2002–04: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below[edit] OutKast spent 2 years working on their 5th effort, before releasing a double album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, on September 23, 2003. It is essentially two solo albums, one by each member, packaged as a single release under the OutKast banner; the two members also appear and co produce on each other's discs for a few songs apiece. Big Boi's Speakerboxxx is largely a funk and Dirty South blended party record; André 3000's The Love Below features only brief instances of hip hop, presenting instead elements found in funk, jazz, rock, electronic music, and R&B.[1] The album is also OutKast's biggest commercial success yet, having debuted on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
albums chart at number-one and stayed there for several weeks. The album eventually sold over five million copies, and, as double-album sales count double for Recording Industry Association of America certification, the album was certified diamond for 10 million units shipped in December 2004. Its latest certification, in May 2006, reaches 11 million copies in shipping.[1] The first two singles from the album(s), which were released nearly simultaneously, were Big Boi's "The Way You Move" and Andre 3000's "Hey Ya!" The video's storyline has "The Love Below"—a fictional band with all members, through the use of special effects, played by André—performing in London. "Hey Ya!" was the number one song on the very final weekend of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem. It was also number one a week later on the very first weekend of American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest. The singles spent ten weeks at number one on the Hot 100
Hot 100
singles chart, with "Hey Ya!" spending nine weeks and "The Way You Move" taking over for one week in February 2004. These singles were seen as a breakthrough for the hip-hop industry, being among the first hip-hop songs to be widely played on adult contemporary radio stations.[1] OutKast's next official single was not released until the summer of 2004. "Roses", a track featuring both members from The Love Below half of the album, did not meet the level of success as either of its predecessors, but it became a modest-sized hit on urban radio and the American music video networks. The video for "Roses" is loosely based on the musicals West Side Story and Grease. It featured sparring 1950s' style gangs, one representing Speakerboxxx, and one representing The Love Below, parodying the widespread arguing among critics and fans as to which half of the album was better. It deviates from these musicals in its final act, however, by featuring Andre 3000 defecating in a bouquet of roses before entering a Ramping Shop and presenting them to the receptionist. This closing scene was nominated as a finalist for the BET "Realest Music Video of All Time" award. The final singles were André 3000's "Prototype", which was paired with a science fiction-themed video about alien visitors, and Speakerboxxx's "Ghettomusick", which featured both members of OutKast and a sample from a song by Patti LaBelle, who also makes an appearance in the video.[1] Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
won the Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for the 2004. OutKast was one of the headlining acts at the show, and gave two performances: Big Boi
Big Boi
performed "The Way You Move" with the Outkast
Outkast
backing band during a medley with Earth Wind & Fire, George Clinton and Robert Randolph, while André 3000
André 3000
performed "Hey Ya!" as the show closer after they had been presented with the Album Of The Year Award.

Big Boi
Big Boi
performing in 2006 in Atlanta.

2005–06: Idlewild[edit] Members also began working on a joint film, Idlewild, directed by OutKast music video director Bryan Barber. Idlewild, a Prohibition-era musical film set to a blues-influenced hip-hop soundtrack, was released on August 25, 2006 by Universal Pictures. The Idlewild soundtrack was released August 22, 2006. In an interview for Billboard, Big Boi
Big Boi
stated "This is an OutKast album. It isn't like a soundtrack where we go get this person or that person".[28] Originally planned for early 2005, Idlewild's release date was pushed to December 2005, before being delayed into 2006.[28] The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart with first-week sales of 196,000 copies.[29] It also entered at number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[30] at number one on the Top Rap Albums,[31] and at number two on the Top Digital Albums chart.[32] The album dropped to number seven on the Billboard 200, selling 78,000 copies in its second week.[33] It spent nine weeks on the Billboard 200.[34] In the United Kingdom, Idlewild debuted at number 16 on the UK Albums Chart.[35] It fell to number 28 in its second week on the chart.[36] While it charted within the top-twenty in several other countries, the album spent a minimal amount of weeks on most charts.[37][38] On August 26, 2006, the album was certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, following shipments in excess of one million copies in the United States.[39] It was certified gold in sales by the Canadian Recording Industry Association in November 2006.[40] The first single of the album, "Mighty 'O'", features both André 3000 and Big Boi; the song takes its lyrical hook from the Cab Calloway song "Minnie the Moocher" ("Mighty-ighty-ighty O") and seems to be an example of the album's mix of hip hop and more traditional American jazz and blues. Next, similar to previous OutKast albums such as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, two singles—one solely by Big Boi, the other solely by André 3000—were released simultaneously. The second single, almost exclusively featuring Big Boi, is the marching band–influenced "Morris Brown", featuring guest artists Sleepy Brown and Scar, both artists on Big Boi's Purple Ribbon label. The song's title is a reference to Atlanta's Morris Brown College, with the school's marching band providing the instrumentation. The third single, André 3000's "Idlewild Blue (Don'tchu Worry 'Bout Me)" delves into the blues genre, complete with a blues-style acoustic guitar riff and a harmonica element reminiscent of Aquemini
Aquemini
single "Rosa Parks". In tune with the film, Idlewild reflects OutKast's original style tempered by 1930s influences. The fourth single, "Hollywood Divorce" was released in November 2006, and features verses from Lil' Wayne
Lil' Wayne
and Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
and is produced by André 3000. 2007–13: Hiatus and solo work[edit] In 2007 after the sixth album under the OutKast name, Idlewild, Big Boi announced plans to release a full-fledged solo album. While he had released a previous solo album in Speakerboxxx, it still was technically under the OutKast name. The album was to be titled Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The album's first promotional single, "Royal Flush", was released in 2007, and featured Raekwon
Raekwon
and André 3000. After many delays and setbacks, the album was finally released internationally on July 5, 2010. Guest artists include singer Janelle Monáe; Big Boi's own new group Vonnegutt; plus established rappers T.I.
T.I.
and B.o.B.[41] Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty received general acclaim from most music critics, earning praise for its inventive sound, varied musical style, and Big Boi's lyricism.[42][43] In a July 2010 interview for The Village Voice, Big Boi
Big Boi
revealed that he is working on the follow-up album to Sir Lucious Left Foot, entitled Daddy Fat Sax: Soul Funk
Funk
Crusader, stating that he is "maybe about six songs into it".[44] He is "planning on doing a bunch of sax samples, tenor, soprano, and probably have at least a couple sax players come into the studio for the next record".[45] André 3000
André 3000
returned to rapping in 2007, after a hiatus from the genre, appearing on various remixes, including: "Walk It Out", "Throw Some D's", "You", Jay-Z's "30 Something", and original songs such as UGK's "International Players Anthem", Devin the Dude's "What A Job", Fonzworth Bentley's "Everybody", and with Big Boi
Big Boi
"Royal Flush" and the leaked single "Lookin For Ya". He also appeared on John Legend's album, Evolver, on the track "Green Light", which was released on October 28, 2008. Prior to the release, Benjamin commented: "It's going to be a surprise for a lot of John Legend
John Legend
fans, because it is a lot more upbeat than John is—than people think John is. I was actually happy to hear it. This is a cool John Legend
John Legend
song." Benjamin has stated that he is making a solo rap album, and that the response to his remixes is part of the motivation for it.[46] In September 2011 it was announced that OutKast was moved to Epic Records
Epic Records
following restructuring within Sony Music Entertainment. Epic Records
Epic Records
is headed by LA Reid
LA Reid
who has worked with Outkast
Outkast
in the past.[47] In 2012, Andre 3000 was cast to play Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
in a biopic film titled, Jimi: All Is By My Side, which was later released on September 26, 2014.[48] 2014–present: Reunions[edit]

Outkast
Outkast
headlining at Governors Ball Music Festival.

In late 2013, it was reported that Outkast
Outkast
would reunite at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
in 2014. This was later confirmed on January 8, 2014, when it was officially announced that the duo would headline the festival on April 11 and 18.[49] It was later announced on January 13, 2014 that Outkast
Outkast
would be performing at more than 40 festivals around the world throughout the spring and summer of 2014 to celebrate their 20th anniversary, including one of the largest festivals in the UK, Bestival. Despite rumors, Big Boi
Big Boi
has insisted that the duo are not currently working on a new album together. Outkast
Outkast
returned to Atlanta
Atlanta
for their #ATLast homecoming shows over the weekend of September 26, 2014, selling out within minutes of tickets going on sale. The shows had a large variety of openers, ranging from R&B singer Janelle Monáe
Janelle Monáe
and rapper/rock artist Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi
to rappers 2 Chainz, Future, Bun B, and Childish Gambino. Outkast's Dungeon Family associates Sleepy Brown
Sleepy Brown
and Big Gipp also appeared onstage with the duo, rapping and singing on their respective songs.[50][51] At Atlanta's One MusicFest, the Dungeon Family, Goodie Mob, Organized Noise, Killer Mike, and Outkast
Outkast
appeared performing their rap hits.[52] Musical style and influences[edit] Outkast's musical style and lyrical content have evolved throughout the group's career. Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
described their music as "idiosyncratic" and "inspired by the Afrocentric psychedelics of George Clinton and Sly Stone."[53] The band's debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
incorporates analog elements such as Southern-styled guitar licks, languid soul melodies, and mellow 1970s funk grooves.[54][55] It also features digital hip hop production elements such as programmed snare beats, booty bass elements,[54] ATLiens
ATLiens
and Aquemini
Aquemini
feature outer space-influenced production with echo and reverb effects.[56] With Stankonia, OutKast became the first hip-hop act to openly acknowledge rave culture as an influence.[57] Stankonia
Stankonia
and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
would draw on sources such as psychedelia, gospel, funk, techno, soul, electro, and rock music.[58] During the late 1990s, rappers tended to embrace slow, laid-back beats in their productions. On several tracks on Stankonia, the group employed faster, more chaotic tempos to reflect rave culture and the introduction of new drugs such as ecstasy into the hip-hop scene.[57] One central motif of OutKast's songwriting is the duality of the two members and their differing personalities, with Big Boi
Big Boi
as "the player" and Andre 3000 as "the poet".[59] Big Boi
Big Boi
generally covers the more conventional hip-hop topics such as his childhood in the South, sex, and partying, while Andre 3000 discusses more unorthodox themes.[60] In contrast to much of hip hop music in the late 1990s, OutKast did not tone down its Southern regional qualities, like the harmonica break on "Rosa Parks" and distinctive Atlanta
Atlanta
slang and diction throughout. The duo experimented with several delivery styles on the record, using "relaxed, hyper, distorted, speedy and conversational presentations."[61] OutKast often discusses the status of women in the South, and contrasts with the misogynistic attitudes common in hip-hop music. In Slate, Alex Abramovich praised the duo for "[tending] to shy away from the misogyny and violence rap is so often (and not always unjustly) condemned for."[62] In his book Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide, Oliver Wang writes that songs such as "Slum Beautiful" and "Toilet Tisha" "reimagine 'round the way girls, not only as just more than one-dimensional accessories, but as objects of affection with lives and concerns that are worth exploring."[63] Collaborations and other work[edit] During the recording of Stankonia
Stankonia
OutKast and Mr. DJ began producing tracks for the artists on their Aquemini
Aquemini
Records imprint through Columbia, including Slimm Cutta Calhoun and Killer Mike, who made his debut on Stankonia's "Snappin' & Trappin." In 2002, OutKast participated in the only Dungeon Family group album, Even in Darkness, along with Goodie Mob, Killer Mike, Sleepy Brown, Witchdoctor, and Backbone among others, and featuring Bubba Sparxxx, Shuga Luv and Mello. In 2002, the group and Killer Mike
Killer Mike
contributed the lead single "Land of a Million Drums" to the Scooby-Doo soundtrack. On February 27, 2011, it was announced that Big Boi
Big Boi
is creating a joint album along with Killer Mike
Killer Mike
and fellow Atlanta
Atlanta
rapper Pill.[64] Later that day, Big Boi
Big Boi
posted on his Twitter
Twitter
account that he was mixing Killer Mike's album entitled, PL3DGE.[65] In 2010, Andre 3000 was featured on Ciara's remix for her hit single "Ride", from the album Basic Instinct.[66] On January 14, 2011, a song with Ke$ha
Ke$ha
called "The Sleazy Remix" was leaked.[67] On June 7, 2011, Beyoncé's song "Party" was leaked, it features Benjamin, it is his first collaboration with the singer. It is also featured on Beyoncé's fourth studio album entitled 4 released June 24, 2011. On August 24, 2011, Lil Wayne's album Tha Carter IV
Tha Carter IV
leaked, featuring a song entitled "Interlude" with Benjamin and fellow rapper Tech N9ne performing. Also in 2011 Andre featured on Chris Browns "Deuces" remix as well as on a Lloyd song, "Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)", with Lil Wayne. In 2012 Andre also appeared on Drake's second album Take Care, on the song "The Real Her" which also featured Lil Wayne. In 2012 Andre 3000 featured on Gorillaz
Gorillaz
"DoYaThing" with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. The song was released as a free download in February that year as part of a Converse promotion. Andre 3000 was featured on Frank Ocean's 2012 album Channel Orange on the song "Pink Matter". On January 11, 2013, Big Boi
Big Boi
appeared on a remix of the song, adding a verse before Andre's. In response to the added verse, Andre issued a statement on January 15 insisting that the track did not constitute an OutKast reunion.[68] Phantogram revealed in an interview with Variance Magazine in February 2014 that they plan to release an EP with Big Boi.[69] The resulting album Big Grams
Big Grams
was released in September 2015. Film projects[edit] Benjamin has made appearances in Families, The Shield
The Shield
(he plays Robert Huggins, a character that originated in an episode titled "On Tilt" from Season 3 in 2004), Be Cool, Revolver, Semi Pro, and Four Brothers. He was also cast as Percival in Idlewild, released on August 26, 2006. He voiced a crow in Charlotte's Web, a movie adaptation of the 1952 children's book. As of November 2006, he voiced "Sunny Bridges," a prize-winning musician who gives up touring to teach at his alma mater, in Class of 3000, an animated series he produced on Cartoon Network. He has also worked with Esthero
Esthero
on a promotional version of "Jungle Book" which was on a Wikked lil' grrrls sampler, but never made it to the actual album due to issues with Esthero's label, Warner Bros.. The following year, he appeared in the basketball comedy Semi-Pro, with Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
and Will Ferrell. He also starred in the 2008 film Battle in Seattle, a film about the 1999 Seattle World Trade Organization protests. Benjamin was a member of Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Lawrence Bender's production company A Band Apart until its close in 2006; he then formed his own company, Moxie Turtle. Big Boi
Big Boi
appeared on Nick Cannon's Wild 'n Out Season 3 as one of the many guest stars, as well as guest starring and appearing as a musical guest on Chappelle's Show
Chappelle's Show
performing his song "The Rooster". He is currently reaching more into acting, having appeared in T.I.'s film ATL, OutKast's film Idlewild and starring in Who's Your Caddy?. He appeared in the Law & Order: Special
Special
Victims Unit episode "Wildlife", which aired November 18, 2008. Big Boi
Big Boi
played hip-hop artist "Got$ Money". Lawsuit[edit] Main article: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks
v. LaFace Records In April 1999, OutKast and LaFace Records
LaFace Records
were sued by Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks
over Aquemini's most successful radio single, which bears Parks' name as its title. The lawsuit alleged that the song misappropriates Parks' name, and it objected to the song's obscenities.[70] The song's lyrics are virtually unrelated to Parks, except for a reference in the chorus: "Ah ha, hush that fuss / Everybody move to the back of the bus". The song, which OutKast maintained was intended partly as homage, refers to Parks metaphorically: the purpose of the song's chorus is to imply that OutKast is overturning hip hop's old order, that people should make way for a new style and sound. In the initial suit, the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan at Ann Arbor granted summary judgment for OutKast. However, later on appeal, the issue of whether OutKast violated the Lanham Act for false advertising was reversed and remanded for further proceedings. This was based on the Court's determination that the title "Rosa Parks" had little artistic relevance, whether symbolic or metaphorical, to Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks
the person. Parks' representation hired lawyer Johnnie Cochran
Johnnie Cochran
to appeal the decision in 2001, but the appeal was denied on First Amendment grounds. In 2003, the Supreme Court turned down an appeal to overrule the lower court's decision.[citation needed] The judge ruled that the song was an "expressive work" and that it was protected by the 1st amendment. The judge stated that there was a definite linkage between the song and Rosa Parks. In December 2003, André told UK journalist Angus Batey that, following a Detroit
Detroit
concert in the midst of the legal battle, relatives of Parks had approached him and implied that the case was less to do with Parks than with the lawyers.[71] In April 2005, the judge in the case appointed an impartial representative for Parks after her family expressed concerns that her caretakers and her lawyers were pursuing the case based on their own financial interest. Later that same year, the members of OutKast were dropped as co-defendants, and Parks' lawyers continued to seek action against LaFace and parent company BMG. Discography[edit] Main article: Outkast
Outkast
discography

Studio albums

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
(1994) ATLiens
ATLiens
(1996) Aquemini
Aquemini
(1998) Stankonia
Stankonia
(2000) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
(2003) Idlewild (2006)

Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Outkast References[edit] Notes

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Studio albums

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
(1994) ATLiens
ATLiens
(1996) Aquemini
Aquemini
(1998) Stankonia
Stankonia
(2000) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
(2003) Idlewild (2006)

Other albums

Big Boi
Big Boi
and Dre Present... Outkast
Outkast
(2001) Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2010) Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
(2012) Boomiverse (2017)

Singles

"Player's Ball" "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" "Git Up, Git Out" "Elevators (Me & You)" "ATLiens" "Jazzy Belle" "Rosa Parks" "Skew It on the Bar-B" "Da Art of Storytellin' (Pt. 1)" "B.O.B" "Ms. Jackson" "So Fresh, So Clean" "The Whole World" "Land of a Million Drums" "Hey Ya!" "The Way You Move" "Roses" "Ghetto Musick / Prototype" "Mighty O" "Morris Brown" "Idlewild Blue (Don'tchu Worry 'Bout Me)" "Hollywood Divorce" "The Train"

Featured songs

"Gone Be Fine" "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)"

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Groups

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Members

Sleepy Brown André 3000 Big Boi Mr. DJ Big Gipp CeeLo Green Khujo T-Mo Witchdoctor Big Rube Cool Breeze Big Reese Killer Mike Bubba Sparxxx Slimm Calhoun BlackOwned C-Bone Supa Nate Future

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Outkast
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1959–1979

The Music from Peter Gunn
The Music from Peter Gunn
Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1959) Come Dance with Me! – Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1960) The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(1961) Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy at Carnegie Hall
Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1962) The First Family – Vaughn Meader
Vaughn Meader
(1963) The Barbra Streisand Album
The Barbra Streisand Album
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1964) Getz/Gilberto
Getz/Gilberto
– Stan Getz, João Gilberto
João Gilberto
(1965) September of My Years Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1966) A Man and His Music Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
The Beatles
(1968) By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell
(1969) Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (1970) Bridge over Troubled Water
Bridge over Troubled Water
– Simon & Garfunkel (1971) Tapestry – Carole King
Carole King
(1972) The Concert for Bangladesh – Various (1973) Innervisions
Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1974) Fulfillingness' First Finale
Fulfillingness' First Finale
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1975) Still Crazy After All These Years
Still Crazy After All These Years
Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1976) Songs in the Key of Life
Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder
(1977) Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
(1978) Saturday Night Fever – Bee Gees/Various (1979)

1980–2000

52nd Street – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1980) Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) Double Fantasy
Double Fantasy
John Lennon
John Lennon
and Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
(1982) Toto IV
Toto IV
– Toto (1983) Thriller – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) Can't Slow Down – Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
(1985) No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required
Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1986) Graceland – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1987) The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
– U2 (1988) Faith – George Michael
George Michael
(1989) Nick of Time – Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt
(1990) Back on the Block
Back on the Block
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
and various artists (1991) Unforgettable... with Love Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
(1992) Unplugged – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) The Bodyguard – Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) MTV Unplugged – Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1995) Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette
Alanis Morissette
(1996) Falling into You
Falling into You
Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1997) Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
(1998) The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill
(1999) Supernatural – Santana (2000)

2001–present

Two Against Nature
Two Against Nature
Steely Dan
Steely Dan
(2001) O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2002) Come Away with Me
Come Away with Me
Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast
Outkast
(2004) Genius Loves Company
Genius Loves Company
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and various artists (2005) How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
– U2 (2006) Taking the Long Way
Taking the Long Way
Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(2007) River: The Joni Letters – Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
(2008) Raising Sand
Raising Sand
Robert Plant
Robert Plant
& Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
(2009) Fearless – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2010) The Suburbs
The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire
(2011) 21 – Adele
Adele
(2012) Babel – Mumford & Sons (2013) Random Access Memories
Random Access Memories
Daft Punk
Daft Punk
(2014) Morning Phase
Morning Phase
Beck
Beck
(2015) 1989 – Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
(2016) 25 – Adele
Adele
(2017) 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018)

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Best Rap Album

1996–2000

Poverty's Paradise Naughty by Nature
Naughty by Nature
(1996) The Score – Fugees (1997) No Way Out – Puff Daddy and the Family (1998) Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Jay-Z
Jay-Z
(1999) The Slim Shady LP
The Slim Shady LP
Eminem
Eminem
(2000)

2001–2010

The Marshall Mathers LP
The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem
Eminem
(2001) Stankonia
Stankonia
Outkast
Outkast
(2002) The Eminem
Eminem
Show – Eminem
Eminem
(2003) Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast
Outkast
(2004) The College Dropout
The College Dropout
Kanye West
Kanye West
(2005) Late Registration
Late Registration
Kanye West
Kanye West
(2006) Release Therapy
Release Therapy
Ludacris
Ludacris
(2007) Graduation – Kanye West
Kanye West
(2008) Tha Carter III
Tha Carter III
Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
(2009) Relapse – Eminem
Eminem
(2010)

2011–present

Recovery – Eminem
Eminem
(2011) My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kanye West
Kanye West
(2012) Take Care – Drake (2013) The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2014) The Marshall Mathers LP
The Marshall Mathers LP
2 – Eminem
Eminem
(2015) To Pimp
Pimp
a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
(2016) Coloring Book – Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper
(2017) Damn – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
(2018)

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Current labels

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