I read a comment on a message board somewhere that really resonated with me; Outkast is to the late 90's what A Tribe Called Quest was to the realy 90's; one of the best analogies I've ever heard. In a hip hop world gone mad and drunk with power,self indulgence,and ego, Outkast are the only group in the mainstream doing and thinking outside the box. They refuse to compromise;the greatest thing abut them is that you can't cage them into mediocrity. Of their first four albums, I would rank this third, because Aquemeni and the brilliant ATLiens are so strong. On Stankonia, they have basically thrown everything in a pot, let it sit for a while, THEN stirred it up. The drum and bass inspired "B.O.B"(how ironic,since the letters stand for Bombs Over Bagdhad,considering the recent events in the Middle East), the pertinent sing-alongs of "So Fresh,So Clean", "We Love These Hoes" and "Humble Mumble" make the listening experience all worthwhile. Speaking of sing alongs, one song that is instantly catchy is "Ms. Jackson";it's a open letter addressed to the grandmother of their children, stating even though the relationship didn't work out, they will be in the lives of their offspring. Outkast have adopted the Public Enemy philosophy of creativity; catch the audience with the beat first, then the message later.