Finding The GOAT Group: OutKast vs. Migos. Who Is Better?
“Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’ annual competition series features Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives vying for the #1 spot. Sixty-two groups have been pre-selected by a panel of experts, and one slot will be reserved for a wild-card entry (which has been determined), including the possibility for write-in candidates, to ensure no deserving band of MCs and DJs is neglected. The 2018 contest consists of seven rounds, NCAA basketball-tournament style, leading to a Top 32, then the Sweet 16 and so on, until one winner is determined. For each match-up, two groups are pitted against one another with a ballot to decide which one advances to the next round. Though there will be an enormous amount of debate in comments, on social media, in barbershops and text messages, which we encourage, only votes cast in the official ballot count.
Two groups coming out of Greater Atlanta stood apart from their peers—in sound, in style, and in slang. They, of course, did it roughly 20 years apart and on different plains. The OutKast duo of Big Boi and André 3000 are beloved Hip-Hop heroes in the eyes of many. Especially when together, they have a handful of proven classic albums under their belt. Time will tell where Migos is going. One of the contemporary inclusions in the tournament, Offset, Takeoff, and Quavo bested Rae Sremmurd in Round 1 and are still alive. However, just like in the NCAA bracket, Migos has one of the hardest roads to victory if their chances can stay alive. These two symbols of ATL innovation clash in what will surely elicit votes—and plenty of comments.
(defeated 8Ball & MJG in Round 1, 78% to 22%)
Even a dozen years since their last project, OutKast maintains legendary respect with Heads. André 3000 and Big Boi introduced Hip-Hop to a lot of attributes to southern living. Once they had the industry’s attention, the Decatur duo dropped the Cadillac in gear and took listeners to the cutting edge of creativity, style, and originality. Number one albums and Grammy Awards followed by a versatile group that could be bookish and pimp-inspired, as well as rhyme slow and incredibly fast. Although the Idlewild soundtrack remains the last ‘Kast project, ‘Dre and Daddy Fat Sax have teamed up for a la carte songs and features since 2006 to keep their discography fresh and make fans want that ol’ thing back. Moreover, this pair kicked in the door for Goodie Mob, Killer Mike, Cool Breeze, and a whole family of unique creatives. The South always had something to say, and as far as Hip-Hop groups from anyplace, OutKast may have said it best.
(defeated Rae Sremmurd in Round 1, 60% to 40%)
The blood-related Lawrenceville, Georgia-native trio of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff has been able to maintain itself as arguably the biggest commercial Rap group of the moment. Particularly, their #1 albums Culture and Culture II became a breeding ground for hit singles and propelled the group from one with a unique flow and catchy melodies to superstar status, eventually worthy of SNL spoofs. Migos’ versatility has also made it possible for them to branch off into other musical ventures, individually. Together, the trio with three albums, a compilation, and 12 mixtapes has become a domineering force in the Rap landscape, going from upload sites to the top of the charts and Grammy nominations. Migos’ triplet flow, their penchant for stuttering Trap beats, and knack for taking slang to suburban living-rooms and basements has made this Quality Control/Capitol collective a leader of the pack.
So who is the better Hip-Hop group? Make sure you vote above.