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Outkast (stylized as OutKast) is an American hip hop duo based in East Point, Georgia, consisting of Atlanta native André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Savannah, Georgia-born Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. Since then, however, funk, soul, rock, electronic music, spoken word poetry, jazz and blues elements have been added to the group's musical palette. After forming the group as high school students in 1992, Outkast released its debut album ''Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik'' (1994), which gained popularity after the single "Player's Ball" reached number one on the ''Billboard'' Hot Rap Tracks chart. The duo released ''ATLiens'' in 1996, which displayed stylistic differences from the band's debut and featured outer space-inspired themes. The albums ''Aquemini'' (1998) and ''Stankonia'' (2000) further expanded Outkast's musical experimentation. In 2003, the duo released a double album entitled ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'', which featured the number one singles "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move". ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'' won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2004, the first and only for a hip hop group. Outkast next created the soundtrack for the 2006 musical film ''Idlewild'', which they starred in. Since 2007, Outkast has been on hiatus and both members have pursued their solo careers, although the group moved to Epic Records in September 2011. The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards. Over 25 million copies have been sold of OutKast's eight releases: five studio albums, a greatest hits release, and the Grammy Award-winning (for Album of the Year) ''Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'', a double album containing a solo album from each member. Along with their commercial success, OutKast has maintained an experimental approach in their music and are widely praised for their originality and artistic content.Wikipedia This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect, defamatory or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia.