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"People are always playing this game safely," Big Boi said, shaking his head. The rapper is a solid, 5'6'' mass of feistiness, and if Andre's accent is cat-like sleek, then Big's is pure bulldog. "You know, if you've been winning for a long time, you say, 'I got a formula and it works.' With us, we want to come in and create, and whatever happens, happens. We were wondering what it would sound like if you had me in one kitchen cooking and Dre in the other kitchen cooking. We did it just to make it more exciting. It was a challenge doing it this way. Otherwise you do the same sh-- all the time. We switchin' and changin'. You don't want to do something to just get by."

Some people would disagree. One magazine even asked if on this latest album — where Andre lives out his Prince playboy fantasy and Big Boi acts like a newly single hustler — the group has gone too far musically.

"With Outkast music, it's not the easiest thing to swallow," Dre said. "It's always on that fence — people can hate it or they can love it. Or they could say, 'They have gone too far.' "

  "Outkast music is not the easiest thing to swallow..."
"What is too far in doing music?" Big Boi asked.


But is that where Outkast have gone on Speakerboxxx/The Love Below? Big Boi's single, "The Way You Move," is a smooth, soulful anthem lionizing the female form, while Andre's song has transcended hip-hop and attracted fans of rock and pop radio. If that's "too far," then they'll take it. "I'm not a pop writer," Andre said, "but I do want everybody in the world to get a chance to listen to my music."

What many ignore when they say Outkast have overstepped their bounds or infer that they've grown tired of making music with each other is just how strong the relationship between Andre and Big Boi is. Outkast are not a pair of guys who happened to run into each other in the studio one day only to discover a professional mission. They have known each other since their formative years at Tri-Cities High School in Atlanta, where they were best friends who discovered in each other what they liked about themselves: a desire to do things differently and subvert the mainstream.

One way this manifested itself early on was in their fashion sense. Neither Andre nor Big Boi were afraid of putting their own fingerprints on the styles of the day. They dressed like preppies (in the era of Boyz II Men, new jack swing!) with pressed Girbaud jeans and collared shirts. But they would always add a new wrinkle to the look.

  "The Way You Move"
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
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"We would cut our clothes up and dye them different colors and say we bought them from Australia or wherever," Big Boi said with a laugh. "Just so people at school could be like, 'Damn, where'd you get that?' We had our own little style. We'd color our hair. Folks was diggin' it. Anything to get a rise out of anybody. That's when we started rapping, too. Two Shades Deep was the name of the group. I was Black Dog and Dre was Black Wolf. Became Outkast right after that."

Big Boi gets downright indignant if people suggest that he and Dre no longer see eye to eye. "It's a brotherhood, man," he said. "You click up with somebody you don't hardly know but at the same time, you got the same fascination with the same things and the personalities click. We started out as just homeboys first. I slept on his bedroom floor the last two years of high school damn near. We came up with the whole vision for the group together. We grew up together and learned those things together — that's how the sound came about. It's like it manifested in both of us and we spit it out in all different types of ways. But we brothers first, before the group. We brothers."


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