Outkast Big Boi & Dre Present... (LaFace/BMG) Rating: NNNN
Proof that the acid-drenched crunk of last year's Stankonia was not a fluke trip. Big Boi & Dre Present flashes back through OutKast's back catalogue, from 1994's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and 1996's ATliens to 1998's Aquemeni. As much a showcase of Organized Rhyme's twisted production style as the Atlanta duo's own slouched rhyme style, the real revelation of this best-of set is how Big Boi and Andre 3000 have created their own reference points throughout their entire career. OutKast have never sounded like anything else in the hiphop world, from the eerie creep of 94's Ain't No Thang to the hiphop dub of 98's Spottieottiedopaliscious. The three new tracks here only push that unique approach further out.