(1998, LaFace/Arista)

Even as hip-hop was abandoning its creative dexterity in favour of million-selling G Funk uniformity, along came Outkast with this, their third album, reminding everyone of the broad pallete that was available to them. Oozing with charm, fink, soul, humour, and lyrical dexterity, this still holds up as one of hip-hops most inventive high points.

LISTEN: Spotify

READ: There are so many great pieces on this labum, like this Slant piece written a decade after the album’s release, or this Guardian piece by Emma Warren, or this 20th anniversary piece in Stereogum.

WATCH: This excellent performance of Rosa Parks on the Chris Rock show