- Award Snub: Why on Earth wasn't "PJ & Rooster" (from Idlewild) nominated for Best Original Song?!
- Awesome Music:
- Aquemini was given the coveted 5 Mics from The Source's review, Stankonia was regarded as the best album of 2000, and Speakerboxx/The Love Below won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2004.
- One acronym. B.O.B.
- Andre 3000's single "Hey Ya" got an insane amount of critical acclaim, frequently ranking amongst greatest songs of all time lists.
- Broken Base: After Stankonia was released. Some insist Aquemini was their last good album. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below took it to the next level, especially The Love Below. And there are also arguments about who the better member is: Andre 3000 or Big Boi.
- Ear Worm: Many of their songs, especially their singles.
- Epic Riff: The trumpet in "Spottieottiedopaliscious". So epic that Beyonce herself sampled it in "All Night".
- Fandom Rivalry: The band are friends and rivals with Goodie Mob, and both have collaborated on each others' work often. There's less friendly rivalry with other Hip-Hop duos, namely; Mobb Deep, Black Star, UGK and 8Ball & MJG.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: "B.O.B", a song released in 2000, stands for "Bombs Over Baghdad".
- Memetic Mutation: The whole bridge towards the end of "Hey Ya!"
What's cooler than being cool?
I can't hear ya! I say, what's cooler than being cool?
Alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright alright!
Lend me some sugar! I am your neighbor!
Shake it like a Polaroid picture!
- Misattributed Song: "B.O.B.," or at least a rock remix thereof, is often credited to Rage Against the Machine.
- One-Scene Wonder
- This is Andre 3000's raison d'etre of recent years. He hasn't released any solo tracks and generally appears on around 3-5 tracks a year, and every appearance has been widely acclaimed. These appearances include being on tracks by T.I. ("Sorry"), B.o.B. ("Play The Guitar"), Young Jeezy ("I Do") and Drake ("The Real Her"). His appearance on Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV track "Interlude" with Tech N9ne (another frequent One-Scene Wonder) was widely praised as a highlight in both rappers' careers and as a key moment on an otherwise-boring album. Big Boi is this as well sometimes, but not to the same acclaim as Andre (partly because Big Boi has dropped 2 solo albums, for one thing).
- Kevin McDonald and Kat Willaims' cameos in the video for "Roses" as the Dean Bitterman and a guy who steals the girl of André's affections, respectively, are both utterly hilarious.
- Pop-Culture Isolation: A huge majority of people thought OutKast were new artists when Stankonia came out, despite being very popular in the urban community. A promo compilation called "If U Didn't Already Know, U Know Now" was released to lampshade this trope, and the retail compilation "Big Boi And Dre Present Outkast" was released the following year for the same reason.
- "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Southernplaylisticadillacmuzik is still considered to be one of the greatest hip-hop debuts of all time and is treated as required listening for anyone getting into the genre, but younger listeners may have some difficulty grasping just how revolutionary the album was. Prior to its release, Miami bass was essentially the South's only contribution to hip-hop, and most of the acts under that mantle were one-hit wonders, with 2 Live Crew, the only consistently charting act, probably having been saved from that status solely because their extremely sexually explicit lyrics continually kept them in the news with a widely-publicized obscenity case. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, on the other hand, deliberately eschewed the electro-based party elements of the aforementioned genre in favor of far more substantial funk, soul, and gospel-based compositions that created an entirely new sound and proved that there was more to the South than Miami bass, and it was enough to take OutKast from virtual unknowns to one of the biggest rising stars in hip-hopnote .
- Signature Song: "Hey Ya!" is easily their most famous song with "The Way You Move" a close second, though "Ms. Jackson" or "B.O.B." would better represent their overall style.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: "Speedballin'" is this of "B.O.B."
- It could be argued that the entire ATLiens album is one or "Benz Or A Beamer" from the previous year, which was darker than their usual style.
- Tear Jerker:
- "Toilet Tisha".
- And, of course, "Ms. Jackson". The first verse definitely hits the hardest.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
- Again, Stankonia would be a good start.
- Subsequently, The Love Below.