Big Boi

15 of the Best Southern Hip Hop Songs of the ’00s

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There’s a new trend seeping through pop music, and we’re hoping it will saturate it: early-2000s Southern hip hop is back. Last December saw the release of a little Beyoncé album you might have heard about, where shades of bouncing, twangy Houston rap sneaked around corners in tracks like “Partition” and “***Flawless.” Then in January, OutKast announced their reunion, bringing hope to the hearts of fans (OK, me) that they might return to their “Ms. Jackson” and “So Fresh, So Clean” days. Big Boi, OutKast’s shorter half, teased this hope with his latest single, released yesterday: “GossipZilla” features OutKast’s frequent former contributors, UGK, and Mississippi rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T.
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