"Stankonia" is one of Outkast's most popular albums, released in the year 2000. After recording four hip-hop-based records, they were trying to create a new expansive and experimental musical aesthetic for themselves and the scene. This led them to incorporate a diverse array of styles including funk, electronica, psychedelic rock, and gospel, rounded out with Dirty South-oriented hip-hop lyrics. During the recording sessions, André 3000 began moving beyond traditional rapping in favor of a more melodic vocal style, an approach to which his producers were initially unaccustomed. While OutKast's previous albums were considered to be laid-back, Stankonia contains faster, more high-energy tempos.
Outkast was a hip-hop duo formed in 1992 by Atlanta-based rappers, "André 3000" and "Big Boy." They are often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop acts of all time. Their music helped popularize Southern hip-hop with intricate lyricism, hype melodies, and positive messages. Outkast is known for experimenting with diverse genres such as funk, psychedelia, jazz, and techno. The duo is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, having received six Grammy Awards and formally disbanded in 2014 after years of success.