It’s hard to comprehend now, but there was time when OutKast weren’t the universally beloved group they are today. As a ’90s baby, I still can’t wrap my head around the idea of Andre 3000 and Big Boi receiving anything less than a standing ovation, let alone being booed, at The Source Awards in 1995. New York rap elitism stood firm, and these ATLiens were too “out there” for many fans and industry gatekeepers (which is funny, because almost 20 years later, this same narrative is still very much prevalent).

With ‘Kast set to reunite for over 40 festival dates this year, Redditor Matthew Daniels decided to translate the duo’s impact, influence and evolution into charts, graphs and numbers, and the results are pretty revealing. Like, how the terms “skeet,” “crunk” and “playa” were only used scarcely (somewhat) in rap records prior to Southernplayalisticadillacmusik and ATLiens.

Daniels also tracked 3 Stacks and Big Boi’s respective changes as artists, what factors may have contributed to their evolution, and how hip-hop’s — and mainstream music’s — attitude to OutKast changed significantly over time. If you want more shamelessly nerdy insight into hip-hop slang and culture, check out Matthew’s “The Etymology of Shorty In Hip-Hop.”

Check out OutKast’s charts and graphs after the jump…

OutKast’s popularization of Southern slang:

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OutKast’s geographical references:

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Subject matter in OutKast’s music:

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The life and times of Andre Benjamin and Antwan Patton:

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Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s artistic evolution:

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OutKast’s accolades over the years:

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Check out the full thing with detailed commentary here.

Related: Big Boi Confirms There Is No New OutKast Album In the Works