I love Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, but I'm not surprised that it's not getting as much love, just because, while great, it's not as next-level excellent as ATLiens, Aquemini or Stankonia. But it is still jam-packed with bangers.
The great thing about this discussion is we're all just really splitting hairs because they've put out some real masterpieces. I listened to Southernplayalisticadillacmusik a few days ago, and it holds up really well for me. On any given day, that could be my favorite Outkast album. I'm listening to ATLiens as I type this, and it's damn-near flawless throughout. There's definitely a good reason why they've been my favorite hip-hop group going on 15+ years now.
Ragepatton hit it right on the head when he said each album is so different, yet so distinctly "Outkast." Goddamn, I'm excited for this set. I've been getting goosebumps while binging on Outkast because I'm thinking about hearing some of this stuff at Coachella.
I want be cool and say ATLiens but Aquemini is really their best album.
Trentemoller @ Mezzanine 04/06/14
The Knife @ The Fox 04/15/14
Factory Floor @ The Independent 04/16/14
The Afghan Whigs @ Slim's 04/17/14
Simian Mobile Disco, Earth @ Pappy and Harriet's 04/26/15
Austin Psych Fest @ Carson Creek Ranch 05/02-04/14
The Decemberist @ Crystal Ballroom 05/30/14
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ The Warfield 07/07/14
All of Outkast's albums, with the exception of Idlewilde, are outstanding. Even The Love Below / Speakerboxx. Despite not having Andre rap on speakerboxx, Big Boi really took his lyricism to the next level and his storytelling took a giant leap in the right direction.