OutKast, consisting of Atlanta-based rappers André 3000 and Big Boi, tore up the airwaves in the early 2000s, but their successful music career has covered a much longer timeline. OutKast has been pumping out hits since the early 1990s, setting themselves apart as veteran, genre-defining rappers.
Here are some of OutKast’s top 10 hits:
10. ‘Elevators (Me & You)’ from ‘ATLiens’ (1996)
Coming from their second album, in this song André 3000 and Big Boi prove themselves to being more than just southern rappers as they reflected on their successes up to that point and how their fans perceived them.
9. ‘Hey Ya!’ from ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ (2003)
Likely one of the most played songs throughout 2003. Hey Ya! was literally everywhere due to it’s upbeat music video and lyrics, despite being sad love song.
8. ‘B.O.B.’ from ‘Stankonia’ (2000)
Besides being catchy and just plain good, B.O.B had a fun music video and quickly became a fan favorite
7. ‘SpottieOttieDopelicious’ from ‘Aquemini’ (1998)
In this song, OutKast touches upon incidents at night clubs, which were often too common many years ago, and the struggles of providing for a child while living life outside of the law. What makes this standout was their spoken-word like delivery.
6. ‘Crumblin’ Erb’ from ‘southernplayalisticadillamuzik’ (1994)
More like a wake-up call, Crumlin’ Erb’ was all about making it big while maintaining your game up.
5. ‘Return of the ‘G’ from ‘Aquemini’ (1998)
While André 3000 tore down those who unjustifiably criticized OutKast’s music, Big Boi took on those who had called them out on experimenting with their sound by their second album.
4. ‘Hootie Hoo’ from ‘southernplayalisticadillamuzik’ (1994)
What would you hear as you walked out onto the streets of any major U.S. city in 1994? “Hootie hooooooooooo” all because of OutKast.
3. ‘Rosa Parks’ from ‘Aquemini’ (1998)
This tune was all about the music more than it was about what you can expect to be solid lyrics from André and Big Boi.
2. ‘Git Up, Git Out’ from ‘southernplayalisticadillamuzik’ (1994)
A soulful 7 minute long piece with added vocals by Goodie Mob.
1. ‘Da Art of Storytellin’ (Pt. 1)’ from ‘Aquemini’ (1998)
A brilliant example of story rap, where André 3000 stuns listeners with his ability to deliver verses with such precision.