Year Eligible: 2018
Debut Record: "Player's Ball" (1993)
Why They Should Be Inducted: Six-time Grammy winners Outkast pioneered their own unique fusion of rap, soul and pop, which cohered in a way that earned them simultaneous Number One positions on the Top 100, R&B and Rap charts for "Ms. Jackson" in 2000. By the time they put out their next record, 2003's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, they reached the critical mass of earning a diamond-selling album.
Possible Drama: None. Although Outkast never officially broke up, the two rappers were estranged from one another throughout much of the 2000s, and André 3000 made public statements that 2013 remixes that featured both Big Boi and him were "not Outkast collaborations." But the duo began performing together again as Outkast in 2014 in celebration of its 20th anniversary, and in a 2016 speech honoring late A Tribe Called Quest MC Phife Dawg, André 3000 alluded to a recent scrapped collaboration between Outkast and ATCQ.