King Of Angels: Dallas Austin On OutKast's Lasting Legacy
When you talk about a group representing an artistic approach as well as a lifestyle effortlessly over the course of two decades, the Decatur duo of OutKast holds true as one of the most authentic representations of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik the South has ever seen. Needless to say, Big Boi and Andre 3000 have created a sound that embodies the culture of Atlanta and beyond.
In a recent sit-down with legendary producer and artist Dallas Austin, the man behind hits for Ciara, TLC, and Pink gave his thoughts on all-things-OutKast in the midst of their 40-stop festival reunion tour, affirming how powerful it is to have a group like The Mighty O to convey the Southern lifestyle to the globe from a lyrical and creative perspective.
"It was always exciting for OutKast because, from the South you wanted be accepted, but you wanted to have skills also... Outkast were the first ones to come out and really have the skills to back up what we represented and translate that message up out of there," explained Austin.
The producer also talked about how special it is for this new generation to have a chance to witness such an impactful group live and in the flesh.
"When I went to see them at Coachella, just the impact of the sounds, and the music, and the topics and the creativity, we never knew it was going to end up to the extent that is was at when we are in my studio in Atlanta," said Austin, before adding, "Now it's moving to a place where they are going to be the Pink Floyd of hip-hop because I think that is the impact they gonna have… I'm glad the kids will have something to draw from instead of hearing people say, 'Remember when OutKast was doing this and doing that.' They can actually see and get influenced by it."
Austin also shared some exclusive news about that long-awaited solo album from Andre 3000, a project that's been potentially in the works for some time.
"I was talking to him one day and he was like, 'You know D, I'm not doing ain't no thing but a chicken wang, I'm not riding down Bankhead in a Cadillac anymore. I have to figure out how to channel my truth again,'" revealed Austin. "I was like, 'Dude, you have made so many records and you have had such an impact on people that it's time for them to catch up.'"
Here's to hoping we get to catch up soon.
Until then, you can catch OutKast performing this weekend at the BET Experience, and be on the look out for there epic #ATLast homecoming shows, come September.