An Outkast Reader: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Postmodern South

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About the Author

Regina N. Bradley is Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Her research interests include southern hip hop, the contemporary Black American South, race and sound studies, and southern studies. She is the author of the forthcoming book Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip Hop South (UNC Press). She can be reached at


An OutKast Reader is a book whose time has come. Regina Bradley has convened an impressive collective of contributors for a intellectual cypher on one of the most important groups hip hop has ever heard. This is a necessary collection, one that gives proper attention to OutKast as artists, as southerners, and as organic intellectuals of the highest order.--Adam Bradley "author of Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop "
This brilliant compilation reminds us yet again of OutKast's famous statement that 'the South has something to say.' It speaks volumes and is loud and clear in amplifying and clarifying the message and meaning of this legendary group through revealing analysis across this superb body of essays. The thematic threads running through it--Afrofuturism, Atlanta as a Black Mecca and musical epicenter, film, and funk--are quite engaging and do an outstanding job of putting OutKast in critical perspective while explaining the profound cultural impact and significance of the group and why its legacy is exceptional, important, and lasting.--Riché Richardson, associate professor of African American literature in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University "author of Emancipation's Daughters "