11. Outkast, 'Aquemini'
Featuring joyous, bass-happy party funk dotted with tight horn lines, Outkast's third album captures Big Boi and Andre 3000 rollicking like the church choir in full effect. On tracks such as "Rosa Parks" and "Skew It on the Bar-B," they reveal themselves to be a stylistic midpoint between hip-hop's East and West Coasts, mixing the unassumingly cerebral hip-hop of A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul with that George Clinton—drenched funk favored out west. With their drawled-out voices, neighborhood slang and cascading sheets of words, they put permanently to bed all questions about serious MC'ing on the South Coast. Atlanta's reputation as hip-hop's most avant-garde area code — the Long Island of the Nineties — was cemented.