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Outkast’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!
As their classic second album ATLiens turns 25, we look back at the best from a duo who turned rap into a psychedelic, progressive playground

Alexis Petridis

20, Aug, 2021 @6:00 AM

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From Dukes of Hazzard to Kanye West: the curse of the Confederate flag
Lynyrd Skynyrd flew it, Ludacris stamped on it and Spike Lee compared it to a swastika. In the era of Black Lives Matter, what do these battles reveal about the American South’s Confederate flag?

Steve Rose

27, Jul, 2020 @5:00 AM

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The 100 best albums of the 21st century
We polled 45 music writers to rank the definitive LPs of the 21st century so far. Read our countdown of passionate pop, electrifying rock and anthemic rap – and see if you agree

Ben Beaumont-Thomas (1-50); Laura Snapes and April Curtin (51-100)

13, Sep, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Anderson .Paak: Ventura review – stripped-back soul to silence the haters | Alexis Petridis's album of the week
The rapper’s new album feels like a riposte to criticism of his last one, amping up the subtlety and dialling down the grand ambition

Alexis Petridis

11, Apr, 2019 @11:00 AM

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The 20 greatest breakup songs ever – ranked!
On the 40th anniversary of Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive topping the charts – and as the UK blunders towards its own acrimonious divorce – here’s the definitive list of tear-stained stonkers

Alexis Petridis

14, Mar, 2019 @3:16 PM

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James Blake: Assume Form review – lovestruck producer turns dark into light | Alexis Petridis' album of the week
Blake is clearly in a good place, unexpectedly embedded at the centre of pop culture, and his new album adds bright colours to his sound

Alexis Petridis

17, Jan, 2019 @12:00 PM

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Black mecca or most unequal US city: will the real Atlanta please stand up?
For more than 40 years, Atlanta has marketed itself as being on the forefront of radical social change – but its reality is much less progressive

Maurice J Hobson

22, Oct, 2018 @6:30 AM

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On my radar: Reni Eddo-Lodge’s cultural highlights
The author of Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race on sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine and vegan doughnuts

Kathryn Bromwich

24, Jun, 2018 @9:00 AM

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From Portishead to Scarface: Vince Staples on his favourite songwriters
He’s the rapper and former gang member who resists every gangsta cliche – so his music taste naturally extends from Depeche Mode to Lil Boosie and 99 Red Balloons

Dorian Lynskey

29, Jun, 2017 @4:56 PM

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Big Boi: Boomiverse review – brand new, he’s retro…

Alex Macpherson

18, Jun, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Big Boi: Boomiverse review – glitzy bangers, bold flavours and lowrider bounce

Harriet Gibsone

15, Jun, 2017 @8:30 PM

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Big Boi: 'Me and Andre 3000 are in a whole other dimension'
As he readies his new solo album, the Outkast star talks of his love for Kate Bush and reveals his plan to rent his infamous Boom Boom Room to Marvel’s stable of superheroes

Alexis Petridis

15, Jun, 2017 @4:58 PM

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