Today In Hip-Hop: Outkast Releases “Southernplayalisticadillacmusik”

On this day, April 26, in hip-hop history…

Outkast LP

1994: Outkast releases its debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik. After first forming the group in 1992, rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi signed a record contract with LaFace Records, making them the first hip-hop act signed to the predominantly R&B label. The duo began working on what would later become their debut LP in 1993, cutting over 30 songs with production crew and longtime collaborators the Dungeon Family. In a turn from the musical output of their East coast and West coast peers at the time, the album focused primarily on Black empowerment in the South and utilized analog instrumentation over sampling and DJing.

Southernplayalisticadillacmusik proved to be a critical and commercial success for Outkast. By June 1994, the album had sold 500,000 copies and was certified Gold byt the RIAA. However, the duo’s win at the 1995 Source Awards – in which Andre 3000 responded to a booing crowd with the now-iconic phrase “The South got something to say” – helped push the album into Platinum territory.

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  • Tank617

    This use to be my shit when it came out. I was so happy that the South finally had a voice. They made me take pride in being southern. No longer did I have to be forced fed New York and West Coast rap. There was finally a group that represented where I was from and how I lived. Outlast, Goodie Mob, Odd Squad, and UGK were on heavy rotation in my cassette deck.

  • True

    Slimm Pusha and Big Krit is the closes thing to Outkast in this day and age, i wish they would record a song together and give us that flavor again.

  • VentKing11

    I remember I had an attitude with N.Y. for awhile for booing my hometown soldiers Outkast during that award show back in the day. That’s one of a few things I remember most about that show with the others being 1) Snoop yelling at NY about luving him and Dr. Dre, 2) Suge dissing Puffy, and (my favorite) after all that ruckus booing back and forth and people mouthing off in the crowd the entire show 3) NO ONE SAYING ISH when Wu-Tang went on stage to accept their award and me saying to my cuz – “well dam…I guess them cats really ain’t nutting to f with!” lol