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11. OutKast - Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik

Only two years after meeting, André 3000 and Big Boi found themselves releasing their debut album on LaFace Records. Though the group was still years away from becoming a staple of the mainstream, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik garnered both positive reviews and sales, quickly selling 500,000 copies before eventually going platinum. The album was an outlier of Southern rap, drawing from funk and soul and utilizing more live instrumentation than most of their peers. OutKast’s emergence helped focus a lens on the Southern scene, making a huge impact with a minimal budget of $15,000.

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