Outkast (stylized as OutKast) is an American hip hop duo based in East Point, Georgia, consisting of Atlanta native Andr 'Andr 3000' Benjamin (formerly known as Dr) and Savannah, Georgia-born Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton. They were originally known as Two Shades Deep but later changed the group's name to OutKast. The group's original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-funk. Since then, however, funk, soul, rock, electronic music, spoken word poetry, jazz and blues elements have been added to the group's musical palette. After forming the group as high school students in 1992, Outkast released its debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994), which gained popularity after the single 'Player's Ball' reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. The duo released ATLiens in 1996, which displayed stylistic differences from the band's debut and featured outer space-inspired themes.
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