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8 Powerful Photos Of OutKast’s Atlanta

Ahead of their big reunion, Creative Loafing Atlanta has published a beautiful photo series, celebrating the landmarks immortalized and transformed by the legendary A-Town duo.

OutKast are reuniting this weekend at the annual Coachella festival in Indio, CA. it’ll be the first time Andre 3000 and Big Boi have performed together in eight years, and a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their game-changing first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. To commemorate that album, which has no less than 68 references to the duo’s Atlanta hometown, and its impact, Creative Loafing Atlanta put together an amazing tour through some of those references — landmarks, abandoned housing projects, local malls — shot by photographer Dustin Chambers.

Take a stroll through some of the photos below, and check out Creative Loafing’s feature, “Straight Outta Stankonia,” for more on how OutKast transformed the identity of the Atlanta.

The original “dungeon” in Lakewood Heights, where OutKast first recorded with members of the Dungeon Family in producer Rico Wade’s basement studio. Dustin Chambers/Creative Loafing Atlanta / Via clatl.com

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest. The duo’s “Welcome to Atlanta (Interlude)” takes place in the air, above the city. Dustin Chambers/Creative Loafing Atlanta / Via clatl.com

Big A Car Wash, featured in OutKast’s 1995 “Benz or Beamer” video. Dustin Chambers/Creative Loafing Atlanta / Via clatl.com

Greenbriar Mall, where Creative Loafing says rising Atlanta rappers would gather in the ’90s and early aughts to showcase their music and sell CDs. Dustin Chambers/Creative Loafing Atlanta / Via clatl.com

Andre 3000 shouts out Hollywood Courts housing project, demolished in 2012, on “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” from 1998’s Aquemini. Dustin Chambers/Creative Loafing Atlanta / Via clatl.com

The Georgia Dome, which OutKast references on “Welcome to Atlanta (Interlude)”: “To the far left, you can see the Georgia Dome / Which, by the way, still flies the Confederate battle flag.” Dustin Chambers/Creative Loafing Atlanta / Via clatl.com

Morris Brown College, one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities with an uncertain future. The school’s marching band, the Marching Wolverines, were featured on OutKast’s song “Morris Brown,” from 2006’s Idlewild. Dustin Chambers/Creative Loafing Atlanta / Via clatl.com

The Atlanta skyline. Dustin Chambers/Creative Loafing Atlanta / Via clatl.com

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