Arguably one of hip-hop's greatest groups, OutKast takes a look back at its illustrious eight-year career with this best-of set.
Arguably one of hip-hop's greatest groups, OutKast takes a look back at its illustrious eight-year career with this best-of set. Featuring songs from its four previous albums (Southernplayalisticadallacmuzik, ATLiens, Aquemini, and Stankonia), Big Boi & Dre Present wonderfully highlights the group's evolution into musical pioneers. It also confirms OutKast's place in the annals of hip-hop history. To their credit, André 3000 and Big Boi could've easily stacked the album solely with hits like "Ms. Jackson" and "Rosa Parks." Instead, the Atlanta-based duo wisely also selected tracks that depict its musical diversity—and dexterity. For example, songs like "Ain't No Thang" and "Crumblin' Erb" offer newer fans a taste of less-heard yet essential album tracks. Big Boi & Dre Present also features three new cuts. Among them is the appropriately titled "Funkin' Around," a horn-drenched affair that plays on the group's festive Parliament/Funkadelic influences.—RH