Various Artists

A Tribute to Outkast

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This tribute to Atlanta's OutKast on the Da Hype label is put together by a collective known as the Urban Underground Society, and purports to bring out the "melodic nuances and hidden aural treasures" inherent in the rap duo's material, and that it does, although unfortunately a good deal less effectively than OutKast did it in the original versions. Andre 3000 and Big Boi have long had an underlying pop sensibility at work in their music, which is why songs like "The Whole World" and "Hey Ya" were such huge hits in the first place. The collective here simply reproduces the essential sound of the originals with some of the backing textures stripped away, and that these raps work at all is due more to the initial genius of OutKast than it is anything the Urban Underground Society brings to the table. If you truly want to hear the melodic nuances and hidden aural treasures of OutKast, stick to the original releases, because it's all right there.

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