Hip-hop heads, did you know that OutKast got their big break into the rap game when Rico Wade, one part of production team Organized Noize, heard the duo rapping over A Tribe Called Quest’s “Scenario (Remix).”

Before they were the legendary, multi-million record selling duo, Andre 3000 and Big Boi were just 2 dope boys in a Cadillac, living in East Point, Atlanta and attending Tri-Cities High School.

They caught the attention of Rico Wade, one-third of the legendary Atlanta hip hop production group Organized Noize, and subsequently signed to LaFace Records in 1992.

Big Boi: “We performed outside a beauty supply store rhyming over A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Scenario’ remix. [Organized Noize’s] Rico Wade loved it and sent us to [bare-bones production studio] the Dungeon, where it all started.”

OutKast dropped their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, in 1994, becoming one of the pioneering Southern hip-hop acts. The duo went on to release 5 more groundbreaking records – ATLiens, Aquemini, Stankonia, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Idlewild – and have etched their names as two of the greatest rappers of all time.

Written by Stop The Breaks
Stop The Breaks is an independent music marketing company focused on showcasing independent hip-hop artists. Our goal is to help motivate, inspire and educate independent artists grinding around the world. We provide branding, content marketing, social media, SEO and music promotion services.