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ATLiens
ATLiens
Studio album by OutKast

Released

27 August 1996

Recorded

1995-1996

Genre

Hip hop

Length

57:23

Label

LaFace

Producer

Earthtone Ideas, Organized Noize

OutKast chronology

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Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994)

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ATLiens is the second studio album by American hip hop duo OutKast, released in 1996 on LaFace Records. The duo wanted to improve on their 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and gain respect for their growing Southern hip hop scene. OutKast recorded ATLiens in sessions at several Atlanta studios and two studios in New York City.

The record features outer space-inspired production sounds, with OutKast and producers Organized Noize incorporating elements of dub, reggae and gospel into the compositions. Several songs feature the duo's first attempts at producing music themselves (credited as Earthtone Ideas). Lyrically, the group discusses a wide range of topics, including the familiar urban life as hustlers from their debut, and to existential introspection and extraterrestial life. The album's title is a portmanteau of "ATL" (an abbreviation of their native Atlanta, Georgia) and "aliens", which was been interpreted by critics as a commentary about the feeling of being isolated from American culture.

ATLiens debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and sold nearly 350,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. The album was very well received by critics upon its release, who praised it's lyrical content. It has been certified double platinum by the RIAA for shipments of two million copies in the United States. The album spawned the singles "Elevators (Me & You)", "ATLiens" and "Jazzy Belle". Since its release, ATLiens has been listed by several magazines and critics as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "You May Die (Intro)" - Crewnshaw, Gilliam, Organized Noize Organized Noize 1:05
2. "Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)" Big Boi, André 3000 Benjamin, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 2:46
3. "ATLiens" Big Boi, André 3000 Benjamin, Patton Earthtone Ideas 3:50
4. "Wheelz of Steel" Big Boi, André 3000 Benjamin, Patton Earthtone Ideas 4:03
5. "Jazzy Belle" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 4:12
6. "Elevators (Me & You)" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Patton Earthtone Ideas 4:25
7. "Ova da Wudz" Big Boi, André 3000 Benjamin, Johnson, Patton Earthtone Ideas 3:48
8. "Babylon" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Doroschuk, Martin, Patton Organized Noize 4:24
9. "Wailin'" Big Boi, André 3000 Benjamin, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 2:00
10. "Mainstream" T-Mo, André 3000, Khujo, Big Boi Barnett, Benjamin, Knighton, Patton Earthtone Ideas 5:18
11. "Decatur Psalm" Cool Breeze, Big Boi, Big Gipp Bell, Benjamin, Gipp, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 3:58
12. "Millennium" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 3:09
13. "E.T. (Extraterrestial)" Big Boi, André 3000 Benjamin, Johnson, Patton Earthtone Ideas 3:07
14. "13th Floor/Growing Old" André 3000, Big Boi Benjamin, Ethridge, Organized Noize, Patton Organized Noize 6:50

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