t is on OutKast’s debut album that the fledgling production team Organized Noize began forging one of the most distinctive production sounds in popular music in the ’90s: part hip-hop; part live, Southern-fried guitar licks and booty-thick bass runs; and part lazy, early-’70s soul. The album was not only artistically successful but also thrived commercially, leaping into the Top 20 album chart on the back of the outstanding hit single “Player’s Ball” and eventually going platinum.
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