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OutKast's Influence On Hip-Hop, Explained In Charts

Before the big reunion tour starts, one OutKast fan tracks how the duo went from being underdogs to industry icons.

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When OutKast released their debut album in 1994, they put Southern hip-hop on the map.


When they won the award for Best New Group at the 1995 Source Awards, people booed. But over time, they became one of the rap groups most embraced by the mainstream, even winning a Grammy for Album of the Year. (Only two rap acts — Lauryn Hill and OutKast — have ever won that award.)

All that growth and experimentation eventually moved Big Boi and Andre 3000 away from each other, though.


Even though creative chemistry is basically impossible to measure, OutKast fans, who've been waiting for the duo to record new music together since 2008, already know this.