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The 50 Greatest Debut Albums in Hip-Hop History

29. Outkast, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Label: LaFace
Release Date: 4/26/1994

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was an exceptional record from the jump. Few anticipated the heights the duo would climb to in the oncoming years, but it was evident from the beginning that a new voice had just hit the national stage, even if some people weren't ready for it.

Outkast was infamously booed at the 1995 Source Awards, unexpected winners to most in the audience. Listening today, the group's debut sounds ageless, a snapshot of a particular aesthetic, time, and place that nonetheless reached for something universal.

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