On This Day in Outkast History: “Big Boi and Dre Present…Outkast”

Big Boi and Dre Present Outkast Official Album Cover

On this day (alright it was actually tomorrow but no one will be here at Outkast.com to post about it) in Outkast history, “Big Boi and Dre Present…Outkast” was released.

“Big Boi and Dre Present…” did three things, all of them were absolutely key for the development of the group. First, it gave all their new fans a history lesson. It showed that Outkast was making classics long before “Ms. Jackson”. Second, it demonstrated that they were still growing, with three new tracks, including “The Whole World”, one of their most challenging hits (and it was a big hit), with its bizarre rhythm, freaky chorus, and cryptic raps about September 11th and its immediate aftermath.

Finally, the three new tracks (“The Whole World”, “Funkin Around” and “Movin Cool (The After Party)”) gave long-time Outkast fans something to chew on until the release of the monster “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” double album, which wouldn’t come out for another two years.

Everyone got something. New fans got a lesson in classic Outkast, and old fans got new music that continued to push the boundaries of hip-hop.

What was your favorite part of the album? Do you feel like it was an accurate representation of their career? Discuss right here in the comments.