Beyonce shouted out to OutKast when her and Jay Z‘s On the Run tour hit Atlanta on July 15. To longtime residents, this small gesture proved that she knew of the hip-hop duo’s lasting influence.
Currently, Atlanta attracts aspiring rappers and producers from across the South, who work in hopes of churning out the next hit to be broadcast in the city’s three hip-hop stations. During “***Flawless,” Beyonce also played a snippet of Ace Hood‘s “Bugatti,” featuring Atlanta natives Future at the hook and Mike WiLL Made It on the beat. That platinum hit is just one example of how the hip-hop industry has thrived in the city.
In comparison, though, the pop diva’s brief nod to OutKast – a snippet of “SpottieOttieDopalicious,” off the duo’s 1998 classic Aquemini – felt more significant. Her shout-out, like her “No Angel” video, was harder evidence that she knows her hip-hop history — including that, without OutKast, no one would have known that the South got somethin’ to say. Watch Beyonce shout out OutKast during “***Flawless” in Atlanta below.
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