Finding The GOAT Group: OutKast vs. Wu-Tang Clan. 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, an Elite 8, a Final 4, 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.
The last bout of the Final 4 has been anticipated for many Heads following this tournament. OutKast takes on Wu-Tang Clan. Two collectives that debuted within the same six months face off for a chance to go to the championship round. Big Boi and André 3000 come off twice nearly toppling to strong opponents but have stayed the course. Wu-Tang has very nearly owned three-fourths of the votes in the previous four rounds. However, this is stiff competition with a respected peer act, as members like Raekwon having worked with ‘Kast in the ’90s. Two of the most sacred brands in Rap music clash. Only one can walk away with a chance at the crown. Make sure your opinion is heard and gets counted (click on one then click vote).
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.
The name Wu-Tang Clan is synonymous with legendary Hip-Hop groups. RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Raekwon The Chef, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa, U-God, Inspectah Deck, and Method Man created a musical brand as strong as any in the last 25 years. Since formation, Wu has stood for power in numbers and featuring many styles in one place. The collective’s 1993 debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) never cracked the Top 40, and somehow challenged the mainstream understanding of rugged, unconventional Rap music from a very raw place. The Loud Records LP also served as a launchpad for every artist in the group, collectively and individually over the next decade. The Clan has unified for at least seven other albums in the last 25 years, and countless compilations, side projects, and factional lineups on a la carte songs. Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game is an acronym that lived up, as recently as October, Wu still forms like Voltron to attack microphones and feeble-minded peers. The 2004 death of O.D.B., internal legal battles, and so many obstacles that only Wu seems to face cannot stop these swordsmen, who have pierced the consciousness for decades and sliced through the Rap landscape.
So who is the better Hip-Hop group? Make sure you vote above.