It’s hard to imagine anyone not appreciating the collective genius of Outkast. After all, Big Boi and André 3000 redefined what Southern Hip Hop could sound like with their 1994 debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and subsequent albums such as 1996 ATLiens and 1998’s Aquemini.
While all three of those projects saw success on the Billboard charts, the duo’s fourth studio album, 2000’s Stankonia, reached a whole other level when the single “Ms. Jackson” landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, opening them up to a wider audience.
With the momentum propelling them to even greater heights, Outkast’s 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below became their first album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was ultimately certified 11x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) thanks to singles such as “Roses,” “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move.”
In the course of a decade, Big Boi and André 3000 undeniably proved they were a winning formula. Although they haven’t released an album as a duo in 15 years, Outkast still manages to regularly trend on Twitter.
On Tuesday (May 4), Outkast was again a topic of conversation after someone posed the question, “Has anyone ever washed Andre 3000 on a song? Because … I haven’t heard such a song.”
Twitter soon exploded with at least one obvious answer to the proposed question — Big Boi. Tweet after tweet celebrated Daddy Fat Sax’s innate rapping abilities, while simultaneously defending him.
In a 2017 interview with GQ Style, even André 3000 admitted, “Big Boi can rap better than me — I always said that. If somebody said, ‘Pick who you want from Outkast to go to battle with you,’ it wouldn’t be me. ‘Cause like, what I’ma do? Say some mind shit? You can’t have thoughts in a battle — nobody gives a shit about that.”
Even so, the Big Boi slander was flowing. Check out some of the reactions below.
The reason Outkast is the greatest rap group ever? Andre 3000 is one of the greatest rappers of all time and also Big Boi is one of the greatest rappers of all time. (Also they had some of the greatest production of all time.)