"Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton AKA OutKast

Educational Background and Location

Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Georgia, Atlanta, GA

Brief Personal Bio

André 3000 and Big Boi met at the Lenox Square shopping mall when they were both sixteen years old. Both lived in the East Point section of Atlanta and attended Tri-Cities High School, an arts based academy where they participated in rap battles in the cafeteria. André 3000 and Big Boi eventually teamed up and were pursued by Organized Noize, and decided to use "OutKast" as their group name based on finding "outcast" as synonym for "misfit" in a dictionary.

Common Literary Elements/Structure/Themes in their Work

Outkast "continuously pushed themselves into foreign territory, revolutionizing what mainstream hip-hop could sound like with each succeeding album...the divide between gangsta and conscious rap was a false choice; every perspective and subject matter was worthwhile to Outkast".

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What does it mean if you were matched to this artist? Why is it important?

When matched to Outkast, you are matched to a duo who includes many of the similar techinques you put in your piece. For example, the messages of your poem may be scattered and varied and may include several different perspectives in one piece of work. This may be an element of your poem (or main element). It is important to recognize the similarity you have to this artist because it helps you understand more of the style of your literary work. In this instance, your work would most likely contain techniques that are similar to Outkast's and recognizing this could help to further develop your style and approach at writing poems.

Literary Value

Outkast uses a wide variety of perspectives and subject matter in his music to express his many messages.

List of Albums / Artist Spotify Link

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, ATLiens, Aquemini, Stankonia, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below


Social Handles (Links)

twitter: @outkast, instagram: @outkast, facebook: @outkast