College Offering OutKast Course
A Georgia college is offering a class about hip hop and one of the south’s favorite hip hop group’s. Armstrong State University, located in Savannah, now offers a “OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South” class.
The class is an English course will be taught by Regina Bradley, assistant professor of African American literature. The course covers
how pop culture shapes our experiences, gives us language and helps us work through questions.
According to a report, students will study the samples, lyrics and instruments used by the duo, compare other similar artists during the era and learn how they influenced subjects of gender, class and of course, race. Brandley adds,
They have these college classes and people can’t do anything with them. But I hope this one helps students extend class conversations outside.
Outkast is a hip hop duo formed in 1991, in East Point, Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rappers André “André 3000” Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton. The duo achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success in the 1990s and early 2000s. Benjamin and Patton formed the group as high school students in 1991. OutKast released their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik in 1994, which gained popularity after the single “Player’s Ball” reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.
With successive releases including ATLiens (1996) and Aquemini (1998), the duo further developed their sound, experimenting with a variety of styles and achieving commercial success. In 2000, Outkast released the critically acclaimed Stankonia, which included the singles “Ms. Jackson” and “B.O.B.” In 2003, the duo released the double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which featured the number one singles “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move” and would eventually win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
Outkast next released the soundtrack for the 2006 musical film Idlewild, which they also starred in. In 2007, the duo went on hiatus and both members have since pursued solo careers. In 2014, Outkast reunited to celebrate their 20th anniversary by performing at more than 40 festivals worldwide in 2014, beginning at the Coachella Festival in April.