Atlanta rap duo OutKast dropped their debut album: Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik on April 26, 1994. The album’s first line of the album would go on to live forever, and generated the beginning of a duo that ended up with six genre-defying LPs and more than 25 million record sales. Big Boi opened the album by saying:
“Time and time again see I be thinkin’ about that future.”
Sixteen-year-olds at the time, Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and André “3000” Benjamin met just two years before the album at Atlanta’s Lenox Square mall, and soon began freestyle battling at Tri-Cities High School. OutKast got quick local recognition as part of Atlanta’s Dungeon Family collective, and was then hired by LaFace Records to remix TLC tracks. Less than a year later, they became the label’s first hip-hop signing.
A $15k advance from LaFace eventually led to their hit “Player’s Ball,” the Southern single that climbed to No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. After this single made big noise, Big Boi and Dre got ready to release their debut LP to more than just their Atlanta fans.
OutKast would go on to receive both criticism and recognition for their later releases including ATLiens, Aquemini, Stankonia, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Idlewild.