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Stylistically, Outkast's Andre 3000 and Big Boi couldn't be more different. Dre, the eccentric one, rocks the showy ensembles that recall Prince, while the pimped-out Big Boi can normally be found in his standard, baggy hip-hop gear.
However, musically, the guys seem to be two peas in an iPod: blending rap, funk and alternative influences seamlessly. Perhaps that's why when MTV Satellite Radio asked them recently to name the songs they'd put on their ideal mixtapes, they chose many of the same ones. Find out why everyone from John Coltrane to Parliament to the Smiths made their lists.


A Tribe Called Quest, "Electric Relaxation"

Andre: When I first heard that song I thought it was the most genuine song ever. God ... it was genius! 'Cause it was like, you just wanted to see some girls, man. This song is for women. It was street ... it was talking about those fat-ass thighs. And the way Q-Tip rhymed on it ... it was simple.

Big Boi: You know where we first heard that? The Jack the Rapper [hip-hop convention]. We were at an A Tribe Called Quest listening party. We were in a hotel room and that jammed. It was great.

John Coltrane, "My Favorite Things"

Andre: This was a classic song written by Oscar Hammerstein, originally from the movie "The Sound of Music." Coltrane took this song, totally flipped it and put it in 3/4 time. Went crazy. It's all about the melody. I'm a lover of melody. I just picked up the sax for myself so I'm looking for all great saxophone players — ya know, just to get some inspiration and see where I need to be. See what I like and see what I don't like.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, "The Message"

Big Boi: I wish I could have written "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash. It was one of the first rap/hip-hop songs I ever heard, and my uncles used to play it. I think it had the best hip-hop video. There couldn't be a better hip-hop video in the world! In the video they was just posin' — killin' that sh--. And to us in Atlanta, we was like, "New York is so cool!"

The Smiths, "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"

Andre: I personally wish I would have written that Smiths' song "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me." Genius song. This girl named Hannah in Atlanta turned me on to them. 'Cause I was telling her that I loved the Hives and the Buzzcocks and she said, "Hey, you need to check these guys out." [On the song] it's this dude and he says, "Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me/ No hope, no harm, just another false alarm." So it's like he had a relationship and then he woke up and he was like, "Damn, it was just a dream."

Prince, "Starfish & Coffee"

Andre: I think of Dr. Seuss when I think of "Starfish & Coffee." And I think he's talking about a girl who did drugs in school between butterscotch and ham. Maybe Prince was on drugs, but when I meet him, I'll ask him.

Funkadelic, "One Nation Under a Groove"

Andre: It has classical elements: It's funk, it's classical, it's blues — it even sounds like Broadway. It became something totally new.

Big Boi: I remember a lot of card games to that song with my grandma.

EPMD, "You Gots to Chill"

Big Boi: Classic EPMD. First great rap duo besides Run-DMC. They were hard-rhyming MCs with dancers! Crazy dancers. They paved the road for rappers like Mase and Puffy — like with the laser rapping. Always just cool.

The Hives, "Die, All Right!"

Andre: This group — when you speak of energy, they are energetic. I saw them in New York at a show, and I came in right when they were starting to do "Die, All Right!" And it's pure energy. It's what I call "big cock rock." You're just throwing your di-- around onstage. It's all attitude, [like they're saying,] "This is me."

2 Live Crew, "Throw The 'D' "

Andre: There was a time when parents thought [the Beatles'] "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was raunchy, and then [2 Live Crew] came out with As Nasty as They Wanna Be. They had the biggest guts in the South. I had an Eazy-E CD, and then [it was all about] 2 Live Crew. You couldn't turn that sh-- up with your mom in the house. 2 Live Crew — they're from Miami. If you come from that culture, you gotta make the music that makes the girls dance.


Catch Outkast talking about their mixtape on "My Mixtape" with host Evan James on MTV Satellite Radio (only on XM Radio) channel 25 on Saturday, December 6 at 6 a.m., 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET.

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