I haven't listened to rap that much ever since I delved into the world of music where artists actually sing and use instruments, but Outkast is the exception to the rule. They're pretty much the only two rappers I'll take the time out to listen to these days. Why? Originality. When Stankonia was released, it was exactly what hip-hop needed, but nobody followed through with it and the same garbage was still being released by other rappers with zero inspiration. Ah, well. More limelight for Andre and Big Boi.
I really dig ATLiens, but it's here where Outkast started to perfect their formula. I'd consider them the most revolutionary musical group of the past few years if other artists were to actually take a hint from them and try experimenting with their music. But, since most of it is still "bling bling, jiggy" rap, nothing happened. Outkast remains a bright light in an otherwise messy and redundant genre of music. Ms. Jackson, BOB and Humble Mumble were three of the best songs to come out of the rap genre since Death Row's glory days.
It's not a perfect album, but I commend these two guys for trying something a little different. Everything would come full circle for them on their 2003 masterpiece, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."