It’s hard to believe that Outkast’s 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, turned 20 on Saturday. The ATLiens are regarded as one of hip-hop’s most influential groups of all time, especially to most lyricists in the South. To celebrate the birthday of the album, southerners such as Big K.R.I.T., David Banner, Trae Tha Truth, Gangsta Boo and others gave MySpace.com commentary on the legendary album:
Big K.R.I.T.: When you listen to the whole album from the start to the ending, it is just so soulful but organic at the same time. Being introduced to Organized Noize back then was like hearing the live basslines and the 808s with cowbells and the snares. Back then I was into a lot of 2Pac and Biggie, but OutKast‘s music had a different kind of swing to it and a different type of vibe to it with the live instrumentation going on and the background vocals, but they also incorporated these hip-hop drum patterns. However they made these records, the album all came together and was so cohesive.
David Banner: What’s funny is, the reprise [of “Player’s Ball”] is actually my favorite beat. It was just so soulful, the way they arranged the pianos over something that was already amazing—the drums was so banging.
Trae Tha Truth: I think as a whole, once you heard the project being introduced this way, you could tell that somebody was a pimp—or at least had that influence.
Gangsta Boo: The first time I heard André I thought he was a really dope lyricist. Still ’til this day, he’s before his time. Big Boi is the same, they’re very equally talented, but they’re so different they’re crazy. I got to work with them both later on Stankonia. Big Boi used to have one of my songs on my voicemail—it was Three 6 Mafia’s “We Ain’t Playing With You” but it was my verse—and I thought that was really cool. I knew [Big] Gipp’s ex-wife, I was best friends with them when I was about 17 because I was in Atlanta a lot. They were pretty big fans and it was an opportunity where they felt like they wanted a female like me on Stankonia. They hit me up for it and it was right in the peak of my career when I was with Hypnotize Minds. In the studio, Big Boi bought me weed—it was purple, and I’ll never forget it.
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