I feel kinda left out when it comes to Outkast. They seem to be the rare artist that everybody *loves*, even people who don't really listen to much hip hop (Alex Z. is an obvious example but I've encountered several other similar cases). I grew up hearing their stuff in social situations. "Aquemini" was one of the main albums the 1 dude who had a car used to bump during smoking sessions in high school, along with The Roots' "Do You Want More?" and The Coup's "Genocide & Juice". The latter 2 remain favorites to this day but Outkast never clicked for some reason so I never bothered actually copping any of their albums until maybe a year or 2 ago (around the time I did Wu Tang- went through a period where I intentionally tried to fill gaps in my knowledge of highly regarded hip hop, especially from the 90's).
I basically like what I've heard- think the 1st 3 albums are all about the same quality, with maybe a slight edge to the debut and though "Stankonia" and "Love Below" (never bothered hearing listening to "Speakerboxxx") are um a tier below, with significantly more filler and a few downright embarrassing tracks. I just don't hear what most folks do- not a single one of their songs really knocks me out the way it should for an artist as revered as they are. I think that's basically it- I can definitely appreciate their sound/style (in most cases) but as far as actual *material* is concerned, they leave me a bit cold (in most cases). I mean, I can't even think of any particular songs I'd rank as my favorites- it all kind of blurs together on each individual album (I do acknowledge that they successfully made adjustments to the sound on each album)