OutKast are an American hip hop duo based out of Atlanta, Georgia formed in 1991. Their original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-Funk; since then, funk, soul, electronica, and rock elements have been added to the mix. The duo is André “Andre 3000” Benjamin (formerly known as “Dre”) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton, both from the Atlanta area. They are also a part of the Atlanta based music collective called the Dungeon Family (Organized Noize, Goodie Mob, Cool Breeze, Witchdoctor, Joi, Slimm Calhoun, and more).
OutKast are currently one of the most successful hip hop groups of all time, having sold 20 million copies of their six releases: four studio albums, a greatest hits release, and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, a double album containing a solo album from each member of the duo. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is one of only three hip hop albums to go diamond, the other two being MC Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em and Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death. Speakerboxx/The Love Below also netted OutKast with 3 Grammy’s in 2004. The Grammy’s won include “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” from “Hey Ya”, Best rap Album, and Album of the Year.
OutKast recently released Idlewild simultaneously with the musical movie of the same title in which they both star. Andre has acted in a few previous movies as well. They are working on a new CD with the working title of The Hard 10.