Uniters, Not Dividers

Let us now praise funky men--in particular, the funky men of OutKast. For no one has done more than Andre (3000) Benjamin, above left, and Antwan (Big Boi) Patton to infuse pop music with the wit and wiggle of ghetto Bohemianism, no one has done more for tent-size throwback jerseys and cumulus-cloud Afros, and no one has done more to unite the crumbling cultural terrain of the U.S.

Care to debate that last point? For nine weeks OutKast brought the nation together under a groove--two grooves, actually. From December 2003 to February 2004, Andre's Hey Ya! and Big Boi's The Way...

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