8 Rappers Discuss the Impact of OutKast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
The celebration of OutKast’s debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, continues. MySpace gathered reflections from B.o.B., Gangsta Boo, Trae the Truth, Big K.R.I.T., Rittz, David Banner, Bubba Sparxx and Freddie Gibbs about the impact of OutKast and the album, track by track. Check out the intro to the article below, along with a link to the full discussion.
Here are excerpts from the intro to the article:
“Man, the scene was so thick: Low-riders, ’77 Sevilles, El Dos, nothing but them ‘Lacs. All the players, all the hustlers; I’m talkin’ ’bout a black man heaven here, you know what I’m sayin’?”
With those words, OutKast announced themselves to the world in the run-up to the 1993 holiday season. As rap lore loves to recall, “Player’s Ball” was originally commissioned by LaFace Records as a Christmas jingle. (It was included on the compilation A LaFace Family Christmas, where it followed TLC’s take on “Sleigh Ride.”) By the time of the track’s single release, though, the festive facade had been tempered in favor of André and Big Boi swaggering through with rhymes that channeled the allure of gangsta rap with their spiritual Southern roots and an appreciation for syllable-sharp flows.
The debut album that followed on April 26, 1994, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (LaFace), built on OutKast’s breakthrough formula…Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’s gumbo of influences was thickened by skittish characters that segued and moved the album along—the sultry voice of Peaches introduces the experience; Captain Cracker greets out-of-towners jetting into the city, before they experience the garish neon allure of Club Donkey Ass and an opportunity to snap up a 14k gold chain for $80 from a raggedy hustler (original owner: some white folks in Buckhead). Once sucked into ‘Dre and Big’s ATLien vibe, it’s then Big Rube’s turn to break down the deeper meaning behind this journey of the mind, soul and body.
Twenty years since its release, the importance of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik endures, both as a sumptuously melodic listen and as one of the most important and influential southern rap albums to date. Celebrating the project’s heritage, Big K.R.I.T., B.o.B, Bubba Sparxxx, David Banner, Gangsta Boo, Rittz, Trae Tha Truth and Freddie Gibbs reflect back on the mastery of those two dope boys in a Cadillac.