October 31, 2000
Fifteen years ago today, legendary hip hop duo OutKast released their fourth studio album, Stankonia, through LaFace Records. Stankonia follows up their 1998 album Aquemini and was recorded in their recently purchased studio in Atlanta, titled Stankonia Studios. The album was produced by Earthtone III and Organized Noize, and contained features from Khujo, Killer Mike, B-Real, Gangsta Boo, Erykah Badu, Big Gipp, CeeLo Green (of Goodie Mob) and several others.
Stankonia incorporated several diverse musical styles and elements twisted into an overall Dirty South-oriented sound. Within the album, Andre 3 Stacks added a growing facet into his rapping style with melodic rhymes and more vocal exposition. Stankonia overall contained faster, more higher energy songs, reflecting the “chaotic times” that came with the new millennium. The group pointed to its influences outside hip hop music, as they agreed to stop listening to hip hop while recording the effort.
Stankonia peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart lists in 2000. It is RIAA Certified 4 times Platinum. It has appeared on several “best of” lists since its conception, and remains as one of the most important Dirty South Records of all time. Additionally, OutKast became the first hip hop group to acknowledge the growing rave scene at the time, essentially pioneering a sound in hip hop. Stankonia was an instantly classic album, adding another solid release to one of the best and most consistent discographies in hip hop history.
Check out our classic album review of Stankonia here!