Atlanta, Georgia, is looking to honor the men that are credited to “legitimizing” Southern hip-hop and rap, and the duo that brought Atlanta for the forefront of the hip-hop scene. How, you ask?
By creating a giant (and we mean giant) mural of Andre 3000 and Big Boi on the side of a building in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood. This is a see-it-to-believe-it kind of piece of art – check it out below!
There’s no question that OutKast has made a huge impact on the lives of fans and rap lovers alike, especially in the 90s and 2000s when they were at their peak.
One twitter user’s reaction to the mural was absolutely perfect. “OutKast is the soundtrack to my life.” He gushed.
This famous rap duo consists of Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton.
This duo was known for their unique sound, innovation in their work, and eventually became known as one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time. They sprinkled jazz and funk into their music like a chef would when seasoning a meal – a little of this, a little of that, and you get magic.
If you don’t believe us, look at the statistics – OutKast has won six Grammy awards and sold over 25 million records. “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”, their debut album, went platinum the year it came out, 1994. By 2003 they had won “Best Rap Album” for both Stankonia and Speakboxxx/The Love Below and were on top of the world.
Despite the fact that they haven’t made any new music in years, the duo is still deeply beloved in their home town. And Atlanta is surely showing it now.
Painted by artist JEKS, the mural of the duo is part of the Outer Space Project, an outdoor mural project in Atlanta looking to merge “public art, live music, design, action sports, and culture”. The Outer Space Project does a lot, but at its core, it supports the murals.
They’ve done numerous others, including one inspired by The Simpsons in LA. JEKS did one other mural for The Outer Space Project, representing Ken Jeong in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The mural is based on portraits taken by Jonathan Mannion, who specializes in hip-hop artists.
This amazing tribute can be seen on the side of the WISH ATL building in the Little Five Points neighborhood. According to JEKS, the outpouring of love and support from the community has been more than he could ever expect.
“I hoped the piece would make a positive impact int eh community and cause some local buzz, but I didn’t think it would blow up like this. The amount of posts, messages, and ‘thank you’s’ I’ve received are almost overwhelming.”