Hip-hop was in a very good place when Outkast first hit the scene with “Player’s Ball” around 1994. They were contemporary with the likes of Wu Tang Clan and their infamous Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), A Tribe Called Quest during the Midnight Marauders period and Nas’s classic debut Illmatic.
Despite the climate, Outkast was still a very different sort of rap act. Between the funky instrumentals, southern slang and the sometimes odd flows, the group was fringe at best.
Of course the hip-hop community would come to appreciate Outkast’s distinctive style and Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik would be recognized as a pivotal album for the south and hip-hop in general.