Year of birth : 1991
Age: 24 year
Place of Birth : Atlanta, Georgia,USA
Citizenship : United States
The duo OutKast - is Andre Benjamin (Dre the Gemini) and Antwan Patton (Big Boi the Aquarius). They went to school in Atlanta, in the district of East Point. After several rap battles they started to respect each other.
At first, their band was called Two Shades Deep, Big Boi was Black Dog, and Dre was Black Wolf. Soon they began to Outkast.They were taken under the wing of the company Organized Noize Productions, which are required to successfully ipolniteli such as TLC and Xscape. Kotrakt signing with the local unit (LaFace) immediately after school, OutKast recorded and released the single Player`s Ball, who reached number one on one of the rap charts. Single left the top of the charts after only six weeks ,He was named the gold and created the basis for the publication of the album.
This album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, hit the top twenty by the end of 1994 and has received platinum status by the end of the year. Dre and Big Boi also became Best New Rap Group of the Year at the 1995 Source Awards.
OutKast returned with a new album in 1996, releasing ATLiens in August ;he received the status of platinum because singles Elevators (Me & You) (number 12 in the charts pop, number 1 in the rap charts) , taking first place in the Top 40.
Then he followed Aquemini album (1998), also the runner-up and became a double platinum. This time the album was not mega hit, but critics generously give Him praise ,considering it as a major breakthrough. Los Angeles Times called Aquemini remarkable example of hip-hop, noting that Dre and Big Boi skillfully use the free, fast and interactive texts. Touching on subjects such as the emancipation of drugs and the problem of the relationship, they explore the darkest side of humanity ,urging his listeners to introspection. The album "Aquemini" was rated "A" in Entertainment Weekly, 35 position in Spin magazine in the list of 90 best albums of the `90s ; Four stars (their highest rating) from Rolling Stone, and a nomination for a Grammy for best rap duo or rap group.
Unfortunately, due to somewhat bizarre eventsOutKast were prosecuted for the title single from the album, Rosa Parks, and none other, both the Rosa Parks, civil rights, which stated that OutKast illegally used her name to promote their music, protesting also against some lines of text. The initial court decision to close the case in late 1999, but the appeal is still expected when the band released their fourth album, Stankonia, in late 2000.
Album Stankonia became four times platinum. The title single from it, B.O.B., blew up the American charts. But the main event was yet to come ; Ms. single Jackson,OutKast `s what made the world-famous. The melody, dramatic and life- text, backed supervideo (directed by G. Grey.) - All this won the hearts of millions of people worldwide.
In 2001, OutKast prepared and published a collection of his tracks from all four albums - Big Boi & Dre Present. .. OutKast."After Stankonia we have a lot of new fans," - says Dre. " They did not know about Southernplayalistic, ATLiens, Aquemini. We had to let them know where we are now. " In the same year they took part in the release of their debut album Dungeon Family.
released an album Speakerboxxx / The Love Below in September 2003 -One of the most anticipated albums of 2003, according to some critics. They were not mistaken : the first week it sold more than 500,000 copies, making OutKast immediately topped the Billboard chart. The album is unusual in form and content - it`s like two solo albums in one box. On one plate lights Dre,I wrote another Big Boi, and collaborative tracks virtually none. About music, you can say this : Big Boi begins where ended Stankonia, Andre radically changes the style. Bold experiment was a success - the album and liked the music experts, and people became multi-platinum and won a Grammy for Best Album of the Year and Best Rap Album. Unfortunately, by Andre said that hip-hop is no longer inspires him, and he wants to do something else. Decay of OutKast is no question, he and Big Boi are still best friends. Hopefully, this will continue.