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Dem Vinyl Boyz Ep 34 - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Were back with Dem Vinyl Boyz this week and were diving into the debut album of Atlanta’s most iconic rap group, OutKast. Their debut album “Southernplayalisticadillacmizik” released April 26, 1994, was largely influential in the Atlanta rap scene and helped distinguish Southern hip hop as a credible hip hop scene during East Coast and West Coast hip hop’s market dominance at the time. “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” incorporates analog elements such as Southern-styled guitar licks, languid soul melodies, mellow 1970s funk grooves, digital hip hop production elements such as programmed snare beats, booty bass elements, including Roland TR-808 clave rhythms, and old school hip hop elements, including E-mu SP-1200-styled drums and turntable scratches. Wanting to make a statement about urban life as an African American in South Atlanta, OutKast wrote and recorded the album as teenagers and addressed coming of age themes with the album’s songs.
“Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” charted at number 20 on the Billboard 200 and was eventually certified Platinum in the United States, denoting one million copies sold. After the album was certified platinum, LaFace Records gave Outkast more creative control and advanced money for their 1996 follow-up album ATLiens, which some consider to be an all time classic. Vibe Magazine included the album on a 2004 list of “51 Essential Albums “that represent” a generation, a sound, and in many cases, a movement”, writing that OutKast, determined the South had something to say, and after emerging from the Dungeon production lab, they said it all, sometimes sang it all—pointedly, funkdafied, and putting on absolutely no East Coast pretense. Classic.”
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