UPDATE: Big Boi has shared how he learned about Outkast trending on Twitter as a result of people comparing Earthgang to the ATLiens rap duo.
During an appearance on The Breakfast Club, the rapper said that it all began with his son FaceTiming him.
“He was like ‘I thought something happened to you…you’re trending on Twitter,'” Big Boi recounted. “…Some white b**ch had said something, they killing that broad.” Big Boi’s son was referring to YesJulz, who tweeted on Tuesday that “Earthgang is like the OutKast of this generation only with two Andre’s.” The discussion surrounding the comparison comes around the 1:58 mark of the video.
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Earthgang has since taken to Instagram to acknowledge the comparisons.
Earthgang recently released their major label debut album Mirrorland and although the pair have endured Outkast comparisons for the past two years, those comparisons have since resurfaced following Mirrorland‘s release.
The comparison between the two Atlanta rap duos started trending on Twitter after YesJulz tweeted the following: “Earthgang is like the OutKast of this generation only with two Andre’s. I’m so here for it.”
The comparison not only resulted in criticism because of Big Boi’s omission (which led some to view the tweet as disrespecting Big Boi’s contributions to the beloved rap duo), but incited a discussion on the two rap groups.
setting aside the extremely obvious fact that neither of these guys is andre, this misses the point that the ENTIRE IDEA of outkast was that it wasn’t two dres https://t.co/syAX4lTCh7
— pxt (@paulxt) September 10, 2019
Halfway through this EARTHGANG album and I just don’t see the comparisons to Outkast that Twitter has been making. I’m not up in arms about the comparison but I just don’t hear it.
— Gucci Manedalorian (@WHUTUPDOE) September 10, 2019
Personally I think @EarthGang are incredible, unique and carving they own legacy. By all means though continue talking about Earthgang and Outkast comparisons if it helps people discover earthgang new album MirrorLand which is available right now on all streaming platforms 😂
— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) September 11, 2019
EARTHGANG is fire, but Big Boi and Andre are the only OutKast of all generations pic.twitter.com/YItoh2tKsO
— The Shi’ar Delirium (@kidvulcan84) September 10, 2019
Earthgang is like the OutKast of this generation only with two Andre’s is not only the shittiest take but its disrespecting Big Boi to the highest degree
you're doing both groups no favors when you're making this comparison 😭😭😭
— Ahmed🇸🇴/Official A&R for OVO Records (@big_business_) September 10, 2019
Since then, Earthgang has taken to Instagram to speak on the comparisons.
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You see… Atlanta been rocking with us. It’s been Zone 4, SWATS all day an’ day. We’re blessed to stand on the shoulders of greatness and be a light for a NEW generation. To be compared to legends is a humbling honor. But know that we’re blazing our OWN path for the next ones out of Atlanta. There’s only one #Outkast there’s only one #GoodieMob and there’s only #DungeonFamily. AND #WeAreEARTHGANG BABYYYYYYY. We’re just getting started… ✌🏿✌🏾
“To be compared to legends is a humbling honor,” the group wrote. “But know that we’re blazing our OWN path for the next ones out of Atlanta.”
A couple of years ago, Big Boi spoke about the possibility of a new Outkast album.
“I’m always open. I’m always open. So when plans and stars align one day…you never know,” he said previously,