With a career spanning two decades, Outkast are stalwarts of the rap game. (I personally have trouble trusting people who don’t listen to them.) As pioneers within hip hop, they championed some of the very first instances of genre fusion, adopting elements of G-funk (first popularised in the West) and mixing that with gritty Southern attitude. If the Pixies are the most influential rock band in the world, Outkast are the reason your favourite rapper picked up a pen. Their impact is immeasurable, and their style ubiquitous. With countless hits across 6 albums, the resume is thick. My homie Shantan from Sydney made this dope mix last year featuring the bangers, as well as some of the lesser-known tracks and verses.

Start your weekend right.


Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Spottie
Willie Hutch – I Choose You
UGK – International Players Anthem (I Choose You) (Ft. Outkast)
Rich Boy – Throw Some D’s ft. Andre 3000
OutKast – So Fresh, So Clean
Outkast – So Fresh So clean (Locsmif Remix)
Outkast – Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
TLC – Sumthin’ Wicked This Way Comes Ft Andre 3000
OutKast – ATLiens
Outkast – Last Call (Feat. Slimm Calhoun, Lil’ Jon & The Eastside Boyz, & Mello)
Big Boi – Shutterbug
Outkast / Andre 3000 Roses (Kero One 2014 Remix)
Sleepy Brown feat. Big Boi Margarita feat. Big Boi (Dirty)
Big Boi feat. Little Dragon – “Mama Told Me”
Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious (Nacey Remix)
Santigold – Creating Kryptonite (Ft. Purple Ribbon All-Stars)
Young Jeezy ft Andre 3000 – I Do
Andre 3000 – Prototype (eSenTRIK Remix)
Janelle Monáe – Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi)
Big Boi – Lanes Ft. A$AP Rocky & Phantogram
Kelis – Millionaire ft Andre 3000
OutKast – B.O.B.

Shantan is on SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram


RTJ’s latest visual effort accompanies their frantic and bouncy track Close Your Eyes (And Count To F**k) and like much of their output, is a distinct political statement.

This completely black and white video beautifully illustrates the futility of violence; A powerful message made even more poignant by its 2 main characters – the white cop, and the young black man. Run The Jewels have been key players in the ongoing debate within music/culture about race and police brutality. (Kendrick even mentions Killer Mike on his track Hood Politics from To Pimp A Butterfly)

The video is confronting for all the right reasons.

Listen to RTJ2 in full here.