Big Boi Buys The Dungeon Studio That Birthed Early OutKast Albums

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D&D, Can-Am, Chung King. Hip-Hop has its fair share of famous recording studios. In Atlanta, few labs rival the notoriety of The Dungeon. This grimy, no-frills lair in Rico Wade’s mother’s basement in Lakewood Heights section of East Atlanta, Georgia would be a meeting place and breeding ground for some of Hip-Hop’s most talented voices. Notably, this early 1990s class includes OutKast, Organized Noize, Goodie Mob, Witchdoctor, Mr. DJ, and Big Rube, among others.

Today, OutKast co-founder Big Boi revealed that he purchased the home that once housed the basement studio. The Dungeon Family member confirmed the real estate venture on Twitter. He shouted out his D.F. team too.

The Grammy Award-winning MC/producer also showed the current state of his purchase:

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Notably, OutKast recorded 1994’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik debut there, as well as 1996’s ATLiens and 1998’s Aquemini. Later in the decade, the pair would purchase Bobby Brown’s Bosstown lab, and reintroduce it as Stankonia. They named their third LP after the new home base.

Additionally, Goodie Mob made their Dirty South LP in the dank basement. The location was a focal point of the 2016 Flavor Unit documentary The Art Of Organized Noize. That works focused on Wade, Sleepy Brown, and Ray Murray’s chemistry, and their mentorship of local talent, especially Big, André 3000, CeeLo Green, and others.

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It is unclear at this time if Big Boi will make The Dungeon a studio again. It is believed that OutKast still owns Stankonia.

Earlier this week, Big Boi was confirmed to be added to the Super Bowl LIII halftime show. It takes place February 3 in his hometown of Atlanta. He last released Boomiverse in 2017.

#BonusBeat: Fake Shore Drive‘s Andrew Barber uploaded some vintage Dungeon footage: