Outkast (stylized as OutKast ) is an American hip hop duo based in East Point, Georgia , consisting of Atlanta native André "André 3000" Benjamin (formerly known as Dré) and Savannah, Georgia -born Antwan "Big Boi" Patton . [ 1 ] They were originally known as Two Shades Deep but later changed the group's name to OutKast. The group's original musical style was a mixture of Dirty South and G-funk . [ 1 ] Since then, however, funk , soul , rock , electronic music , spoken word poetry, jazz and blues elements have been added to the group's musical palette. [ 2 ] [ 3 ] After forming the group as high school students in 1992, Outkast released its debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994), which gained popularity after the single " Player's Ball " reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart. The duo released ATLiens in 1996, which displayed stylistic differences from the band's debut and featured outer space-inspired themes.