[6] As the East Coast and West Coast hip hop scenes were already well-established at the time, many did not view the South as a legitimate and respectable scene. Is your network connection unstable or browser outdated. People look at me like I'm crazy, but that's how it starts. Your current browser isn't compatible with SoundCloud. Europe: They started showing a swagger that certain artists have—the ones that are stars. We wanna have our own school of music. [33] By 1998, it had sold over 1.2 million copies. [35] It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on September 13, 1996, for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States. The record features outer space-inspired production sounds, with Outkast and producers Organized Noize incorporating elements of dub, psychedelic rock, and gospel into the compositions. [46] In 2000, Exclaim! Share your show calendar with like-minded music fans. [12] The album's introduction track "You May Die" has been described as "churchy". [11] Having dropped out months before graduation, André 3000 also returned to high school to earn his diploma during the recording of ATLiens. Bolstered by the success of the single "Player's Ball", the record established Outkast as prominent figures in the Southern hip hop scene. [7], After acquiring their own recording studio, the duo immediately started working on new material and assimilated themselves with music recording and studio equipment, as they sought to become more ambitious artists and less dependent on other producers. steve.gordon@unitedtalent.com [35] The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on November 6, 1996, for shipments of one million copies in the US. "[43], In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's "100 Best Rap Albums". I'll be sittin' in the truck, and I'll start rhymin'. [24] The strip continues in the artwork for each single released from ATLiens except for "Elevators (Me & You)". At first people were looking at us like 'Um, I don't know. [23], Lyrically, André 3000 and Big Boi abandon the "hard-partying playa characters" of their debut album in favor of more spacey, funky, and futuristic personas on ATLiens. list. [20] "Elevators (Me & You)" contains atmospheric elements including echoes, dub-influenced bass, organ riffs, and telephone tones. The album's title is a portmanteau of "ATL" (an abbreviation of Atlanta, Georgia) and "aliens", which has been interpreted by critics as a commentary about the feeling of being isolated from American culture. In a retrospective review, AllMusic editor Steve Huey viewed the album as Outkast's "most focused work" and commented that "In addition to the striking musical leap forward, Dre and Big Boi continue to grow as rappers; their flows are getting more tongue-twistingly complex, and their lyrics more free-associative". [26] The final verse illustrates André 3000 dealing with a fan who pretends to have been childhood friends with him. [18], MTV wrote that the album's production "built giddy, chaotic hooks around throbbing bass grooves, neck-snapping drums and bits of backwoods country and psychedelic rock for good measure. [13] For ATLiens, the band aimed for a consistent set of songs in which a listener would not need to skip tracks; Outkast wrote around 35 songs for the album and reduced them to fourteen. rogier@book-kings.de On a trip to Jamaica with producer Mr. DJ, the two decided to abandon their cornrow hairstyles in favor of a more natural aesthetic, vowing to stop combing their hair. André 3000 and Big Boi produced the songs "Jazzy Belle" and "Elevators (Me & You)". [22] "Extraterrestrial" offers a break in the continuity of the record as it features no drum beat. ATLiens is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Outkast. "Mainstream" contains a sample of "Sesame Street" performed by, "Decatur Psalm" contains a sample of "Cebu" performed by, This page was last edited on 30 June 2020, at 09:57. '"[6] Taken aback by the backlash, André 3000 and Big Boi channelled their frustration in the studio to improve upon their debut. Yet, it's not that heavy either. [22] The album's closer "13th Floor/Growing Old" is a meditation on aging and emphasizes Southern hip hop's legitimacy. ATLiens debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, and it sold nearly 350,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. "[14], Two-thirds of the album is produced by Organized Noize, Outkast's primary production team. 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Several songs feature the duo's first attempts at producing music by themselves. From 1995 to 1996, OutKast recorded ATLiens in sessions at several Atlanta studios—Bosstown Recording Studios, Doppler Recording Studios, PatchWerk Recording Studio, Purple Dragon Studios, and Studio LaCoCo—as well as Chung King Recording Studio and Sound On Sound Recording in New York City. [25], "Elevators (Me & You)" illustrates Outkast's rise to fame, and was inspired by a show the band played at Howard University with P. Diddy in the audience. [21] "13th Floor/Growing Old" contains a spoken word introduction from Big Rube, somber soul vocals from Debra Killings, and a "Prince-ish" piano riff,[15][22] while "Wheelz of Steel" features "furious" turntable scratching by Mr. Stream Tracks and Playlists from ATLiens … This album is nod your head music, shake your ass music. [24], The album's title is a portmanteau of "ATL" (an abbreviation of Atlanta, Georgia) and "aliens". DJ. In 1994, Outkast released their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, which was recorded when members Big Boi and André 3000 were eighteen years old. paul@posterchild.com.au. It was released on August 27, 1996, by LaFace Records. "[29], The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart,[30] and it sold nearly 350,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. “If you pour some music on whatever’s wrong, it’ll sure help out.”, “Just give me one thing that I can hold on to.”. You need to enable JavaScript to use SoundCloud, GHOST PLANET TOUR TICKETS The album was very well received by music critics upon its release, who praised the record's lyrical content. listed the album on their "100 Records That Rocked 100 Issues of Exclaim!" Your comprehensive live music resource for show listings, artist tracking, music news, photos, reviews and more. The album spawned the singles "Elevators (Me & You)", "ATLiens", and "Jazzy Belle". [26] It also references Southern culture, including mentions of Cadillacs and extended family gatherings. [33] "ATLiens" reached number 35 and spent 17 weeks on the Hot 100, and "Jazzy Belle" spent 14 weeks and peaked at number 52 on the Hot 100. There are no upcoming ATLiens shows near you. "[18] Sonia Murray of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called the album "more thoughtful" than its predecessor, noting, "What the second album lacks in adventurous arrangements it more than makes up for in lyrical dominance. [5], Despite its success, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik had some detractors, including hip hop tastemakers who were unaccustomed to the album's style. The rest is produced by Earthtone III, a production team that includes Outkast themselves and Mr. DJ. david.gordoni@unitedtalent.com [13] Their next tour date is Saturday, April 24th at 1 in Fort Worth, TX.

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