ATLiens

ATLiens

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by OutKast
     
 

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Though they were likely lost on casual hip-hop fans, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was full of subtle indications that OutKast were a lot more inventive than your average Southern playas. Their idiosyncrasies bubbled to the surface on their sophomore effort, ATLiens, an album of spacy sci-fi funk performed on live instruments.See more details below

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Though they were likely lost on casual hip-hop fans, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik was full of subtle indications that OutKast were a lot more inventive than your average Southern playas. Their idiosyncrasies bubbled to the surface on their sophomore effort, ATLiens, an album of spacy sci-fi funk performed on live instruments. Largely abandoning the hard-partying playa characters of their debut, Dre and Big Boi develop a startlingly fresh, original sound to go along with their futuristic new personas. George Clinton's space obsessions might seem to make P-Funk obvious musical source material, but ATLiens ignores the hard funk in favor of a smooth, laid-back vibe that perfectly suits the duo's sense of melody. The album's chief musical foundation is still soul, especially the early-'70s variety, but other influences begin to pop up as well. Some tracks have a spiritual, almost gospel feel (though only in tone, not lyrical content), and the Organized Noize production team frequently employs the spacious mixes and echo effects of dub reggae in creating the album's alien soundscapes. In addition to the striking musical leap forward, Dre and Big Boi continue to grow as rappers; their flows are getting more tongue-twistingly complex, and their lyrics more free-associative. Despite a couple of overly sleepy moments during the second half, ATLiens is overall a smashing success thanks to its highly distinctive style, and stands as probably OutKast's most focused work (though it isn't as wildly varied as subsequent efforts). The album may have alienated (pun recognized, but not intended) the more conservative wing of the group's fans, but it broke new ground for Southern hip-hop and marked OutKast as one of the most creatively restless and ambitious hip-hop groups of the '90s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/1996
Label:
La Face
UPC:
0730082602921
catalogNumber:
26029
Rank:
15369

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

OutKast   Primary Artist
Dawn   Background Vocals
Kerren Berz   Violin
Preston Crump   Bass
Carlos Glover   Acoustic Guitar
Debra Killings   Background Vocals
Andrea Martin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Edward Stroud   Guitar
James "Jay" Nicholas   Bass
Craig Love   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Martin Terry   wah wah guitar
Tomi Martin   Acoustic Guitar
James Nicholas   Bass
Dee Simmons   Drums
Shajuanna Edghill   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joi Gilliam   Background Vocals
Skinny Miracles   Piano
Whild Peach   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cee Lo Green   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenny Wright   Keyboards
Trina   Background Vocals
T-Bu   Vocals,Background Vocals
Marq Jefferson   Bass
Moog   Bass
Cool Breeze   Vocals,Background Vocals
DJ   scratching
Khujo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Big Gipp   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tamara   Background Vocals
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Peaches   Background Vocals
Sleepy Brown   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Babyface   Executive Producer
Carlton Batts   Mastering
Ivan Dorschuk   Composer
Brian Frye   Engineer
John Frye   Engineer
Organized Noize   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming
OutKast   Programming,Producer,drum programming
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
John Wall   Engineer
Derick Williams   Engineer
John Wydrycs   Engineer
Bernasky Wall   Engineer
Blake Eiseman   Engineer
D.L. Warfield   Art Direction,Concept
Dexter Simmons   Engineer
Frank Gomez   Illustrations
Vince Robinson   Illustrations,Coloring
Jarvis Blackshear   Engineer
Antwan Patton   Contributor

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