Outkast – ATLiens (1996) Lyrics

Our southernplayalistic duo underwent quite the transformation, both personally and artistically between their debut release and this one. Big Boi became a father, an event that very much shaped the course of this album, and André quit smoking weed, became a vegetarian, and adopted the zany fashion sense we know him for today. And as for the music? After Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was bashed by certain members of the hip-hop community for not being “real hip-hop”, André and Big Boi decided to ignore the complaints and go for something even stranger and ballsier for their sophomore release.

ATLiens is a combination of “ATL”, the abbreviation for their hometown of Atlanta, and “aliens”, which spoke to the duo’s feelings of isolation due to their race, upbringing, and performing style. And it fit well on an album that effortlessly incorporated the Dirty South noise they made famous on Southernplayalistic with the spacy, “sound of the future” beats they experimented with on this album.


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