Throwback Thursdays: OutKast ‘ATLiens’

We are taking you back to 1996, back to the days when you were bumping OutKast’s ‘ATLiens’ record.

Even if you weren’t, now is the time to get familiar with this insanely good album.

‘ATLiens’ was the second studio album by American hip hop duo OutKast, comprised of Big Boi and Andre 3000.

Taking more creative control, the album was released back in August 1996 and followed on from their previous debut album ‘Southernplayalisiticadillacmuzik’ (1994).

The album’s title ‘ATLiens’ is a portmanteau of ‘ATL’ (abbreviation of Atlanta, Georgia) and ‘aliens’, which has been interpreted by critics as being representative of the duo feeling isolated from American culture.

Dre told Los Angeles Times the title was about “trying to let everybody know there’s a place for everybody in this world.

“You just gotta find yourself, and be true to yourself.”

Taking the title amongst many publications and critics as perhaps one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

The record sold close to 350,000 copies in just the first few weeks of its release and later debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart.

‘ATLiens’ is even certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of two million copies in the US.

The record features an ‘outer-space inspired’ production sound plus incorporating elements of dub, psychedelic rock and gospel.

Spanning topics from urban life as hustlers to existential introspection and even, extra-terrestrial life combined with comic-book inspired artwork on the cover makes it even the more memorable.

Classic singles released from the album include, ‘Elevators (Me & You)’, ‘ATLiens’ and ‘Jazzy Belle’.

3 Fun Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about ‘ATLiens’:

  1. Andre was sober, vegan and celibate during the album’s production period
  2. Big Boi became a father, which meant he was shifting a lot of his focus and responsibility on his young daughter
  3. 20 songs were actually scrapped as the duo only wanted to include their “tightest rhymes and beats”.

Go bring the old OutKast ‘ATLiens’ tunes back into your stereo right here.

 

 

 

 

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