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Retrospective: The Best Outkast Songs







To me, @TrueGodImmortal, I believe the best hip hop duo ever is Outkast. We've discussed their two classic albums ATLiens vs Aquemini in the past and looked at Stankonia, but today we will make a list of what we feel are the best Outkast songs. Without further adieu, let's get started. We complied responses and lists from @Tariku__, @SpeedOnTheBeat, @ShokusApollo, and more.


*Ain't No Thang(Chosen by True)


-The first track I heard from them. Both MCs come with fire here to create a classic joint.

* Player's Ball(Chosen By Speed)

-The smooth, Sleepy Brown assisted track was the true introduction to the duo for me.

*Git Up, Git Out(Chosen By Speed)


-A powerful song with a message behind it, this track truly showed that Kast was not your average rap duo.

*Crumblin Erb(Chosen By All)


-The southern soul was on full display here, as Dre and Big Boi speak about their love for the greenery to help deal with the world. Easily relatable.

*ATLiens(Chosen By All)


-The title track from their classic sophomore album features some of Andre's best lyrical work in his verses.

*Elevators(Chosen by All)


-How could we not include this all time classic? One of the first big songs for the duo, the joint is greatness.

*13th Floor/Growing Old(Chosen By True and Speed)


-The somber, but reflective track displays a focus from the MCs that hadn't been heard before. An amazing track and all time classic.

*Everlasting(Chosen by True)


-Falling into the rarities and soundtrack released songs(off Nothing To Lose soundtrack), this ATLiens era track is definitely solid and one of my favorites.

*Jazzy Belle(Chosen by Tye)


Definitely my favorite Outkast track. Stacks and Big Boi talk about the modern day woman. The modern day woman that can negatively affect future generations of women. "I hate thinking these are the future mothers of our children."

*Slump(Chosen By Tye)


-One of the FEW tracks that doesn't have Stacks on it. Big Boi and two other Dungeon members talk about life selling dope. My favorite thing about the song are the background singers that give it a soulful feel. Also, the babies bringing a sense of home. Being a part of this life for them.

*Babylon(Chosen by Tye)


-Stacks reflecting on his upbringing and sinful ways. Big Boi reflecting on a woman who pushed him to express himself through music that died while Kast were working on the album. Also questioning "God's plan". This song is short, sweet, and to the point. Sex, religion, and seeing America as a modern day version of Babylon. For those who don't know, Babylon is defined by lust, greed, and evil.

*B.O.B.(Chosen By Tye and Speed)


-Creative, high energy, and rapping Stack's verse is a lot of fun. This was a no-brainer.

*Ms. Jackson(Chosen By All)


-The song that introduced Outkast to an even larger audience. I remember sitting at home on the floor watching the music video. One of the videos that actually inspired me more to be a director. One of Stacks more personal tracks as he masterfully tells the story of his struggle with Badu and Badu's mother over Seven.

*Mainstream(Chosen by True and Apollo)

-This track is one of the best on ATLiens and features an amazing verse from Andre. Y'all know what it is.

*Liberation(Chosen by True)


-The Badu and Cee-Lo song is glorious and full of harmony and struggle throughout the vocals and lyrics. An uplifting song.

*Da Art of Storytellin Pt 1(Chosen By All)


-Simply one of the greatest Outkast tracks of all time, this is a flawless song as Big and Dre take turns showing you the true art of being a storyteller. Word to Sasha Thumper.

*Rosa Parks(Chosen by Tye)


-What more could you ask for? Bumping beat, with both MCs bringing their best over a bluesy sound. Hush that fuss.

*Snappin N Trappin(Chosen By Tye)


-Killer Mike makes his debut with Kast here and the result is a knocking track with all MCs slaughtering the beat.

*Gangsta Shit(Chosen By True)


-How can I forget this joint? A funky, southern ride out track which features one of Andre's best verses ever. A MUST.

*The Whole World(Chosen by Tye)


-Frustrated with the state of the world, Kast provides this look at the world, the mindset of the people, and more. Killer Mike's verse is fire as well.

*Slum Beautiful(Chosen by True)


-The soulful electric track features Big, Dre and Cee-Lo dropping some smoothness for the ladies.

*Aquemini(Chosen by Apollo)


-The title track from their classic third album is one of their best. Andre hits a new level of focus here.

*Spaghetti Junction(Chosen by Apollo)


-Stankonia has so many gems, and this is definitely one of them. Classic track.

*Return Of The G(Chosen By All)


-The opening track on Aquemini is a thumping, triumphant and features Andre angry while Big is more laid back and relaxed.

*Benz or Beamer(Chosen by All)


-Released on the New Jersey Drive soundtrack, this was an amazing joint as each MC did what they do best.

*In Due Time(Chosen by All)


-A classic track featuring Cee-Lo with a somber feel to it, but hopeful at the same time.

*Funkanella(Chosen by True)


-Released on the Backstage soundtrack, this was a true gem. Underrated Kast track.

*Phobia(Chosen By True)


-Released via the Higher Learning soundtrack, this Big Rube assisted gem speaks volumes.

*Hollywood Divorce(Chosen by Tye and Speed)


-A dope track with Wayne and Snoop assisting, this joint is greatness and a highlight off the Idlewild album.

*Mighty O(Chosen By True)


-Organized Noise production? Check. Big and Dre rapping? Check. An amazing track? Check.

*Lookin' For Ya(Chosen by True)


-While technically not an Outkast joint officially, this joint off Big Boi's solo album is classic Kast music as Andre drops 2 verses and Sleepy assists on the hook.

*Movin' Cool(Chosen by True)


-How could I not include this? The jazzy, smooth sounds of the song backed by the vocals of Andre and Joi were flawless. One of my favorites.

*International Players Anthem(Chosen by All)


-While officially this is UGK's song, there is no way that this misses the list at all.

*Funkin Around(Chosen by True and Apollo)


-This legit was a song that Apollo and I jammed during school days. It was a classic and this is another underrated gem from the duo.

See any songs missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below.

-DAR

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