OutKast, a duo composed of Andre 3000 (born Andre Benjamin) and Big Boi (Antwan Patton), first met in a high school in Georgia tailored towards the performing arts. With an abundance of encouraged creativity, the two bonded over their Diverse tastes in music, drawing inspiration from the likes of 70s funk maestros George Clinton, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest. OutKast‘s first official single “Player’s Ball”; climbed to the top of the rap charts in 1994, maintaining the No. 1 slot for six weeks. Following their early success, the duo became the first hip-hop act to sign with L.A. Reid’s LaFace label. With the Atlanta imprint providing them with some creative freedom, the group underwent a series of changes in aesthetic and lifestyle, such as Andre adopting an eccentric fashion style while Big Boi became a new father. As the pair came into their own individually, their collaborative sound was positively influenced as a result, with their innate starpower shining through. With the success of their follow-up double platinum album, ATLiens, OutKast broke through as forward-thinking pioneers of laid-back, feel-good hip-hop strongly influenced by dub and reggae. As they gained notoriety as tastemakers, OutKast became the first hip-hop act to openly credit rave culture as inspiration, balancing their Southern roots with their appetite for futuristic experimentation. From winning Grammy Awards for albums like Stankonia and the groundbreaking Album of the Year award for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004 to being sued by Rosa Park for allegedly misappropriating her name on 1998’s Aquemini to securing their legacy throughout the course of six studio albums, many eager fans remain hopeful that an OutKast reunion will manifest again.