Today is the 18th anniversary of Outkast‘s third studio album, Aquemini. The album is fearlessly honest with the group’s two members, Andre 3000 and Big Boi, delving deep into personal subject matter paired with a level of musical experimentation that resulted in a masterpiece. With the success of their first two albums and the birth of Andre 3000’s first child with songbird, Erykah Badu (who is featured on the album as well) inspiration was abound for the twosome and it showed in all 16 songs of the album.
The group moved unlike any other act in Hip-Hop wearing outrageous clothes and hairstyles while the sounds of their album remained raw, relatable and rooted in live instrumentation. Critics lauded the group and their ability to share poignant commentary on the human condition. Paired with these new sounds were some videos that we could never forget. Outkast truly redefined what Hip-Hop not only sounded like but also what it looked like.
Check out the three videos that were released with this project and reminisce with us.
As the final single released from Aquemini, “Da Art of Storytellin’ visual tells the story of “Suzy Skrew” a fictional character the group used to describe a particularly promiscuous woman on the prowl for money and influence. The playful visual features puppets, painting, and of Big Boi’s silky press as the group narrates the fate of Ms. Suzy and women like her.
“Rosa Parks” is undeniable hit and the video for this leading single is legendary. Between the spacey backdrops and Andre 3K’s pants you can’t take your eyes away. You can’t help but dance along as a marching band and dancers join the group in streets of Atlanta to jam.
The visual for “Skew It on the Bar” featuring Wu-Tang clan’s Raekwon follows the group at a packed out show with Andre 3000 sporting a grey pixie-cut wig. Raekwon and the Dungeon family join them on stay for an electric performance with some clips added throughout the video that reflect on their journey up until their third release.
Fun fact: Outkast was actually in works with MTV to produce their own film for Aquemini but sadly the plans fell through. Who knows what they would have come up with!