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OutKast in S.L. Thursday

OutKast — featuring Big Boi (Antwan Patton) and Andre 3000 (Andre Benjamin) — will bring its "Stank Love Tour" to the E Center on Thursday. The show will begin with Ludacris at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at all Smith'sTix outlets, the E Center box office or by calling 467-TIXX (8499) or 1-800-888-TIXX.

Atlanta-based OutKast took Southern hip-hop and turned it around, with less emphasis on aggression and more focus on positive melodies. By doing so, the duo found itself hitting it big with the single "Player's Ball" in 1994, from the album "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik," which went platinum, selling more than 1 million copies. Andre 3000 and Big Boi also won Best New Rap Group at the 1995 Source Awards and released the album "Atliens" in 1995.

OutKast made headlines with the single "Rosa Parks," which was supposed to pay homage to the civil rights pioneer, but Parks sued the duo, claiming they used her name without permission. The suit was dismissed in 1999.

The group's new album, "Stankonia," was released in 2000 and features the hits "B.O.B" and the No. 1 charting "Ms. Jackson."