Outkast is an American rap duo comprised of American producers, rappers, and performers André "André 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton. Originally called "Two Shades Deep" the pair changed the name to Outkast early on in their careers, mostly producing what became known as G-funk and Dirty South. However, in the span of their careers they have used funk, soul, spoken-word poetry, jazz, blues, and others as elements in their work. Early Life - Antwan and Ben met at the Lennox Square shopping mall in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of sixteen. Both Antwan and Ben came from difficult family backgrounds and attended the same high school, where they would regularly participate in rap battles in the cafeteria. They eventually caught the attention of Organized Noize, a group of Atlanta-based producers. With this they moved forward in their careers but it wasn't until the release of their 2nd album ATLiens, which was a huge success. Launch into Fame - After the release of ATLiens (1996), the group released Aquemini; (1998) which was hailed as their best work to date. It was clear that the two rappers had been experimenting with soul, jazz, trip hop, and funk in order to hone their sound, much to critical acclaim. The pair's 4th album Stankonia (2000) would eventually reach quadruple platinum in America. Speakerboxx/The Love Below, Solo Work, Reunion - The dual-album Speakerboxx/The Love Below was released in 2003 and was essentially 2 solo albums under the banner of Outkast. Both the albums had great success in their respective styles. After developing and releasing the film Idewild, the duo decided to do solo work for a handful of years. Yet, in 2014, after 7 years, Outkast performed together again at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and subsequently performed at over 40 high-profile events in a matter of months. A new generation of fans were won over, though no future plans to record are in works.