Admittedly, the only thing I know about OutKast is Hey Ya! Stankonia came first. I was overseas in 2000, when it was released. It was a time in my life when Italian house music was much more interesting to me. Stankonia is the fourth release by OutKast. I’ve read that they drew on a bunch of different types of music (funk, rave, psychedelia, gospel, and rock). And, André 3000 started moving to a more melodic vocal style over traditional rap.
The album received acclaim and debuted at number two on the Billboard chart, and it scored OutKast two Grammys (Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group). It seems the album also picked up the pace of rap music at the time. They openly acknowledge rave culture as an influence and used faster tempos to reflect it. They album has gone on to influence other artists today.
I don’t know that I totally liked Stankonia. It is long, 24 songs long. Well, some of those are short interludes, but it clocks in at about an hour and 15 minutes long. I’d recommend it but make sure to set some time aside for listening. And, really listen. Lyrically, they hit up a lot of stuff. Ms. Jackson was my fav.