[[caption-width-right:315:Left: Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. Right: "André 3000" Benjamin]]

->''"[=OutKast=], pronounced outcast. Adjective meaning homeless, or unaccepted in society. But let's look deeper than that. Are you an [=OutKast=]? If you understand and feel the basic principles and fundamental truths contained within this music, you probably are."''
-->--'''"True Dat (Interlude)"'''

Getting their start in 1990, hip-hop duo [=OutKast=] ended up becoming one of the most vital and dynamic music groups of the late 1990s and 2000s, experimenting with a diverse variety of sounds from funk to psychedelia to techno, and helping to popularize Southern hip hop. All of their albums save for ''Idlewild'' have been critically lauded and seen as some of hip-hop's greatest records, or even the greatest records ever made in general.

Benjamin and Patton met while attending Tri-Cities High School, a Visual and Performing Arts School. Benjamin's parents were divorced and he was living with his father. Meanwhile, Patton had to move with his four brothers and six sisters from Savannah to Atlanta. Benjamin and Patton eventually teamed up and were pursued by Organized Noize, a group of local producers who would later make hits for Music/{{TLC}}. The duo initially wanted to be called "2 Shades Deep" or "The Misfits", but because those names were already taken they later decided to use "[=OutKast=]" based on finding "outcast" as synonym for "misfit" in a dictionary. [=OutKast=], Organized Noize, and schoolmates Goodie Mob formed the nucleus of the Dungeon Family organization.

[=OutKast=] signed to [=LaFace=] Records in 1992, becoming the label's first hip hop act and making their first appearance on the remix of labelmate TLC's "What About Your Friends". During the holiday season of 1993, they released their first single, "Player's Ball". The song's funky style, much of it accomplished with live instrumentation, was a hit with audiences. "Player's Ball" hit number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. Afterward they would continue to bang out hit album after hit album. The group's original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-Funk. Since then, however, funk, soul, electronic music, spoken word poetry, jazz, and blues elements have been added to the group's musical palette.

After starring in a 2006 musical film called ''Idlewild'' (the soundtrack of which is the group's most recent album), [=OutKast=] went on hiatus the following year, with both members pursuing solo careers. However, the two briefly reunited for a tour in 2014 to [[MilestoneCelebration celebrate their 20th anniversary]]. The two have said that they'll record new material together once they've both put out solo albums. Big Boi's album, ''Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty'', was released in 2010 [[ScheduleSlip after repeated delays]] to rave reviews; in 2012 he released his sophomore album, ''Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors'', which was also positively reviewed. Andre 3000 has appeared every so often to chime in a verse, such as on Music/{{Drake}}'s "The Real Her" and several songs by [[Music/{{OFWGKTA}} Frank Ocean]] ("Pink Matter", "Solo (Reprise)"), but [[ScheduleSlip as for his solo album...]]
* ''Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik'' (1994)
* ''[=ATLiens=]'' (1996)
* ''Aquemini'' (1998)
* ''Stankonia'' (2000)
* ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'' (2003)
* ''Idlewild'' (soundtrack) (2006)
!!Everybody move to the back of the tropes:

* AlbumFiller: "West Savannah" on ''Aquemini'', while not a bad song at all, was a leftover from the first album and was included for the sake of being included.
** It was probably a service to fans who had asked about it since a small clip was used in the beginning of the "Benz Or A Beamer" video in 1995. It would never have fit on ''[=ATLiens=]'' but fits well on ''Aquemini''.
** "Wailin'" on ''[=ATLiens=]'' just seems to be there, as does the remix of "Elevators (Me & You)" at the end.
* {{Bishonen}}: Andre.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: "Roses" is a song about such a girl they call Caroline... [[LyricalDissonance all set to a R&B number]].
* CanonDiscontinuity: The soundtrack to ''Idlewild'', the nature of which makes it easy to ignore.
* ConceptAlbum: ''[=ATLiens=]''. The album's booklet contains a graphic novel containing a story. The album's single Jazzy Belle includes a continuation of this story in its booklet.
** The video for "Elevators (Me And You)" also contains a comic book, only this one comes to life.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: "Gangsta Shit", though in a more humorous or parodic way.
** The whole ''Southernplayalisticadillacmusik'' album to some degree, though it deconstructs this trope as well.
* TheDandy: Andre.
* {{Determinator}}: In "Da Art of Storytellin Part 2" the world is coming to an end, but they're still trying to make music.
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: The two discs of ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'' basically function as solo albums for Big Boi and Andre 3000 - "Roses", "Ghetto Musick", and "Knowing" are the only songs on the whole album that has vocals from both of them. The two discs are also distinct in style, particularly because Andre 3000 spends the majority of ''The Love Below'' singing instead of rapping.
* FunWithAcronyms: "B.O.B." = '''B'''ombs '''O'''ver '''B'''aghdad
** '''O'''perating '''U'''nder '''T'''he ('''K''')Crooked '''A'''merican '''S'''ystem '''T'''oo long (same song the page quote comes from) - seriously though, this is '90s hip-hop. Acronyms abound.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: "Big Boi And Dre Present Outkast" which featured three new tracks as well as several alternate mixes of older tracks.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Funky Ride", one of their most smooth and relaxing songs, ends with a woman's orgasm over some rather creepy sounds.
* LyricalDissonance: The iconically upbeat "Hey Ya!" is a song about breaking up, and goes in depth into the question of whether or not love can last, or is even worth the effort.
--> ''"[[LampshadeHanging Y'all don't wanna hear me, you just wanna dance]]."''
** Same can be said about "Rooster" from ''Speakerboxxx''.
** The almost ridiculously upbeat sounding "Roses" is one gigantic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to an extremely conceited girl. Some of Andre's lyrics get really dark, such as mentioning that he wants her to die in a car crash and the fact that he reports "crazy bitch" at least ten times in a row.
** The album ''[=ATLiens=]'' has very mature backing tracks, something which is slightly undermined by the lyrics still being somewhat gangsta orientated.
* MotorMouth: B.O.B. has some exceptionally fast and complex rapping.
* MrFanservice: Andre 3000.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly
* NeverTrustATitle: Player's Ball (Original Version) is actually an edited version to remove references to Christmas. The song originally referred to the Player's Ball being a Christmas party, but these were removed to give the song a year-round appeal. The unedited version with the Christmas references appears on A LaFace Family Christmas.
* NewSoundAlbum: All of them.
** ''Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik'' had a sound reminiscent of East Coast boom bap mixed with a hefty dose of P-Funk and Southern soul, along with both glorifying and deconstructing the pimping lifestyle from a lyrical standpoint.
** ''[=ATLiens=]'' focused on moody, atmospheric arrangements and far more personal and involved lyrics that heavily deconstructed a lot of established hip-hop tropes, the latter eventually becoming one of their trademarks.
** ''Aquemini'' was essentially a neo soul album with more hip-hop than normal.
** ''Stankonia'' was more or less one giant P-Funk and Prince tribute and a perfect example of GenreRoulette.
** ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'' was two solo albums in one, with Big Boi's side being straightforward Atlanta-style hip-hop and Andre 3000's being a mixture of Prince worship and retro-styled pop.
** ''Idlewild'' took their blues and gospel elements and put them up front and center.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Rosa Parks" plays with this trope, being named after the woman who ''refused'' to "move to the back of the bus." Parks herself hated the song and sued the duo in 1999 for misrepresentation.
* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: ''Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik'', while generally considered to be on par with the rest of their work, had more urban themes than their later releases, and didn't feature the eclectic mix of genres they would later become known for.
* ObviousBeta: The booklet for "Big Boi And Dre Presents Outkast" indicates that ATLiens is on the compilation - it isn't, likely as it was removed to fit more new tracks on.
* OverlyLongTitle: ''Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik'', ''Myintro2letukno'',''Spottieottiedopalicious''
* RearrangeTheSong: The band's remixes often change the mood of the song, most notably "Jazzy Belle (Swift C Remix)" which makes it much more of a contemporary R&B song by adding guest vocals and more radio-friendly production., and the single version of "Da Art Of Storytellin' (Part 1)" which adds a verse from SlickRick.
** Aside from remixes, the band have two different recordings of 'Speedballin' (one was on a pre-order bonus disc for Stankonia and the other on the Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life soundtrack). They also have two different recordings of Gangsta Shit (one on a promo and the other on Stankonia).
* RockMeAmadeus: "Ms. Jackson" contains a short snippet of "Bridal March" by {{Music/Richard Wagner}}.
* {{Sharp Dressed M|an}}en
* ShoutOut:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgvGjAhvIw music video for "Hey Ya!"]] ''is'' Music/TheBeatles' ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'' performances.
** The artwork for ''[=ATLiens=]'' is very similar to the typical cover of a comic book published by Creator/{{Image}}.
* SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein / WordSaladLyrics - "B.O.B"
** The lyrics aren't actually random if you pay closer attention to them. The song itself is actually about being able to follow up after you start something, the song is just filled with crazy metaphors. A lyrical break down of the song is available [[http://rapgenius.com/lyrics/Outkast/B-o-b-bombs-over-baghdad here]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: This is the whole point of "Roses".
* UncommonTime: "Hey Ya!" skips two beats once every six measures, making the meter of the song [4+4+4+2+4+4]/4, or 22/4.
** Or its six measures of 4/4 and then a measure of 2/4.
* WhosOnFirst: "Good Day, Good Sir" features a routine between an unnamed gentleman and one named Fantastically Well, with one line from a lady named Fine, the silent presence of a third gentleman named Spectacular, and a reference to another character named Exactly.
* WitchWithACapitalB: [=OutKast=] sing this in the {{Bowdlerise}}d version of "Roses":
-->Caroline... see, she's the reason for the word ''"witch"''.
** Heck, even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhSnkR-mFXc the music video]] does more, as there is one kid who writes on the blackboard "Learn to divide, witch" and even shows someone the [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Wicked Witch of the West]]!
* WolverinePublicity:
** Andre famously subverts this, rarely putting out an album and doing less than 5 features a year, or occasionally no features whatsoever. The features he does do tend to be with larger-name artists however, making tracks with Music/JayZ (the remix to "30 Something"), Music/{{Drake}} ("The Real Her"), Music/RickRoss ("Sixteen"), and Music/LilWayne (the Interlude in 'Tha Carter IV').
** Andre doesn't just do rap features, ranging from equally-experimental pop music (Music/GwenStefani, [[Music/{{OFWGKTA}} Frank Ocean]]), to typical pop music (Music/ChrisBrown), to the downright bizarre (Music/{{Gorillaz}} and the remix to "Sleazy" by Music/{{Kesha}}).