Outkast, ATLiens (1996)
Label: LaFace, Arista
16 years later, ATLiens is-by all accounts-a hip-hop classic. Before 3 Stacks and Sir Lucious Left Foot grew into hip-hop's resident invariably strange, but always entertaining odd couple, Big Boi and Dre were just two kids from the streets of Atlanta trying to make a name for themselves. The album is full of aspirations, hunger and tales of life in the dirty south, and it's only gotten sweeter with age.