Outkast Talks About Teaming With Raekwon

Southern hip-hop favs Outkast returned to the hip hop forefront with the release of their third album, "Aquemini," which arrived in stores this week.

The title is a reference to a combination of the duo's astrological signs as Big Boy is an Aquarius and Andre is a Gemini. The Zodiologically inclined group enlisted the help of the Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon (a Capricorn by the way) to help out on their first single, "Skew It On The Bar Be."

Fans familiar with these two hip-hop forces might think that their two distinct styles would make for an odd marriage, but Outkast recently told MTV News that the union actually came quite naturally.

"I was in the mall shopping one day," Big Boy said, "and I went into a Foot Locker or whatever, and I saw him and one of the reps for his label or whatever. He was like, 'Yo, what's up?'' and I said 'What's up?' So, he was like, 'Let's do something,' and I went, 'Man,

we need to do it for real.'"

"So we just exchanged numbers," he continued, "we swapped numbers and I hit him up one day. We got the beat, then went down to the studio, let him check it out. Dre had already laid [down] his verse, and [Raekwon] said, 'Word. I'm with it. Just give me the instrumental, let me write my verse and I'll be down there.'" [28.8 RealVideo]

Outkast also got some help from funkmaster George Clinton, Goodie Mob, and Erykah Badu (the mother of Andre's son) on "Aquemini."