ATLiens – Outkast – 9

Greetings Earthlings! It’s the second classics week. This time I’m kicking off with Outkast’s 1996 classic album ATLiens. August 1996 is when the South invaded the already thriving hip hop scene. Coming off the back of their previous debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Big Boi and Andre 3000 followed it up with a more conscious and mature thematic album. The use of aliens in the theme to prove to doubters that Outkast are the real deal even though they were seen as outcasts at the time. But this album proved how right Andre was when he said that the South had something to say. The way Outkast merge 70’s soul with science fiction type imagery and sounds whilst rapping about the highs and lows of society is nothing short of incredible. I really like the track Mainstream and how it gives an insight into struggling to survive in the hood. Andre and Big Boi’s lyrical presence throughout this album is pretty much untouchable. And the flows from both are some of the smoothest of all time. And it’s not just the verses that stick out either, some of the hooks on this album are very catchy and incredibly smooth. I really like this album, I think any hip hop fan should listen to this and pretty much any other Outkast album.

1. You May Die (Intro) – N/A
2. Two Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac) – 9
3. ATLiens – 8.9
4. Wheelz of Steel – 8.5
5. Jazzy Belle – 8.6
6. Elevators (Me & You) – 8.8
7. Ova da Wudz – 8.7
8. Babylon – 8.9
9. Wailin’ – 8.8
10. Mainstream – 9
11. Decatur Psalm – 8.5
12. Millennium – 9
13. E.T (Extraterrestrial) – 8.9
14. 13th Floor / Growing Old – 9.1
15. Elevators (ONP 86 Mix) – 8.8