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SouthBound: Regina Bradley On The Glories Of OutKast, And Southern Hip-Hop As Living History

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If you know the Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast – the rappers Big Boi and André 3000 — you might know them from their big pop hits “Hey Ya!” or “The Way You Move.”

But Regina Bradley wants you to pay attention to OutKast’s deeper cuts and to think of them in a deeper way – as translators of the black South in the post-civil rights era.

Bradley teaches a class on OutKast at Kennesaw State University outside Atlanta, and she’s got an upcoming book about the group called “Chronicling Stankonia” – a nod to OutKast’s record from 2000 that is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.

Bradley digs deep to place OutKast and the rest of Southern hip-hop in the broader context of the modern black South and how young rappers in particular have helped tell that story.  

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Show notes:

Music in this episode:

  • OutKast, "Hey Ya!," "The Way You Move," "Git Up, Git Out," "Ms. Jackson"
  • T.I., "Tha King"

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our audience engagement manager is Joni Deutsch, and our main theme comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary that airs every Monday. He's the author of "The Elephant in the Room," a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also written for publications including Esquire, ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Garden & Gun. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.