Outkast – Released ‘Stankonia’ On This Date In 2000
StankoniaÂ is the fourthÂ studio albumÂ fromÂ hip hopÂ duoÂ OutKast. It was released on October 31, 2000, byÂ La Face Records. The album was recorded in the duo’s recently purchased Atlanta recording facility Stankonia Studios, which allowed for fewer time and recording constraints, and featured production work from Earthtone III (a production team consisting of Outkast andÂ Mr. DJ) andÂ Organized Noise.
For the follow-up to their 1998 albumÂ Aquemini, the duo worked to create an expansive and experimental musical aesthetic, incorporating a diverse array of styles includingÂ funk,Â rave music,Â psychedelia,Â gospel, andÂ rockÂ within aÂ Dirty South-oriented hip hop context.Â During the recording sessions,Â Andre 3000Â began moving beyond traditional rapping in favor of a more melodic vocal style, an approach to whichÂ Big BoiÂ and several other producers were initially unaccustomed. Lyrically, the duo touched upon a wide range of subject matter, including sexuality, politics, misogyny,Â African-AmericanÂ culture, parenthood, and introspection.Â StankoniaÂ featured appearances from a variety of local musicians discovered by the group while they were visiting clubs in the city ofÂ Atlanta,Â Georgia.
StankoniaÂ received universal acclaim from music critics upon its release, and has since been regarded by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. The album debuted at number two on the USÂ BillboardÂ 200Â chart, selling over 530,000 copies the first week. It produced threeÂ singles: “B.O.B”, “Ms. Jackson”, and “So Fresh, So Clean”; “Ms. Jackson” became the group’s first single to reach number one on theÂ BillboardÂ Hot 100. At theÂ 2002 Grammy Awards, OutKast wonÂ Best Rap AlbumÂ forÂ StankoniaÂ andÂ Best Rap Performance by a Duo or GroupÂ for “Ms. Jackson”. In 2003, the album was ranked number 359 onÂ Rolling StoneÂ magazine’s list ofÂ the 500 greatest albums of all time.