*** OutKast, "SOUTHERNPLAYALISTICADDILLACMUZIK," LaFace. This rap duo's debut album serves up hip-hop Southern style, with laid-back grooves flavored with '70s funk. Their sauntering, hard-core tales of the 'hood bristle with clever humor and sharp insights rather than rage. The best cut is the sobering "Git Up, Git Out," whose blunt message is: Put down that joint and do something productive.
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