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ATLiens

About

ATLiens is the second studio album by American hip hop duo Outkast. It was released on August 27, 1996, by Arista Records and LaFace Records. From 1995 to 1996, OutKast recorded ATLiens in sessions at several Atlanta studios—Bosstown Recording Studios, Doppler Recording Studios, PatchWerk Recording Studio, Purple Dragon Studios, and Studio LaCoCo—as well as Chung King Recording Studio and Sound On Sound Recording in New York City.

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

ATLiens debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, and it sold nearly 350,000 copies in its first two weeks of release. The album was very well received by music critics upon its release, who praised the record's lyrical content. It has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (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.

Articles

August 27, 2021

OutKast share new animated video of ‘Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)’ to mark re-release of ‘ATLiens’

It doesn't end well The post OutKast share new animated video of ‘Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)’ to mark re-release of ‘ATLiens’ appeared first on NME.

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August 27, 2021

Watch Outkast’s New Animated “Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac)” Video

Part of their commemoration of ATLiens’ 25th anniversary

pitchfork.com

August 26, 2021

OutKast to Release ATLiens Video Game

Two dope boyz and a video game. Continue reading…

www.xxlmag.com

July 11, 2021

Outkast announce 25th anniversary edition of ‘ATLiens’

Containing previously unreleased instrumental versions The post Outkast announce 25th anniversary edition of ‘ATLiens’ appeared first on NME.

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Discs

BURN IT DOWN

June 23, 2022

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Unidentified Flying Objects (The Remixes)

June 3, 2022

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Unidentified Flying Objects

March 4, 2022

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Front Man

January 21, 2022

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Customer Service

November 12, 2021

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Montauk Project

April 8, 2020

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Brainwashed

February 26, 2020

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Frequencies

February 12, 2020

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Meltdown

January 15, 2020

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Ghost Planet (The Remixes)

December 3, 2019

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Ghost Planet EP

July 24, 2019

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Shelter

July 10, 2019

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Closer

June 19, 2019

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Contact

April 17, 2019

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IMMA

October 24, 2018

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Exile

July 10, 2018

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Invasion Remixes

April 19, 2018

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Invasion

February 23, 2018

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Interstellar

February 16, 2018

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Malfunction

January 22, 2018

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Ninth Dimension

October 13, 2017

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Alchemy Remixes

August 2, 2017

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Alchemy

May 3, 2017

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Interlock

March 17, 2017

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Thank God

June 20, 2016

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Hit Em

September 8, 2015

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Ritual

May 6, 2015

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Chief

February 17, 2015

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