On this day in music history: August 27, 1996 - “ATLiens”, the second album by OutKast is released. Produced by Organized Noize, OutKast/Earthtone Ideas, it is recorded at Bosstown Recording Studios, Doppler Recording Studios, PatchWerk Studios, Purple Dragon Studios, Studio LaCoCo in Atlanta, GA, Chung King Recording Studios and Sound On Sound Recording in New York City from Late 1995 - Mid 1996. Following the Platinum plus success of their debut “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”, OutKast (André 3000 and Big Boi, respectively) seize the opportunity to explore new musical territory, and undergo the first of many changes in their creative approach, lifestyles and public image. Given carte blanche by their record label LaFace Records, the duo take a more hands on approach in the creative processs, co-producing several of the tracks themselves along side the production team Organized Noize. The songs on “ATLiens” act as a bridge from where they started on the first album, talking about their lives growing up in Atlanta and what they saw around them, to looking inward and interest in extraterrestrial life inspired by funk pioneers Parliament/Funkadelic. The music itself reflects the new found confidence, otherworldly sound and laid back tone the duo takes, also incorporating elements of dub, reggae and gospel music into the mix. The recording sessions are highly productive, resulting in a total of thirty five songs being recorded before being pared down to the final fourteen included on the album. The prolific number of tracks produced are all the more impressive, as many are composed in the studio rather than ahead of time. The albums title morphs together the name of OutKast’s hometown of Atlanta also know by natives at “the ATL” and aliens, to reflect the loose concept of the songs. That concept is also incorporated into the cover artwork, which includes a 24 page comic book style foldout depicting OutKast as defenders of “positive music” against the villain Nosamulli". The album is an immediate critical and commercial success upon its release, spinning off three singles including “Elevators (Me & You)” (#5 R&B, #12 Pop), “Jazzy Belle” (#25 R&B, #52 Pop) and the title track (#23 R&B, #35 Pop). Shortly after the albums release, LaFace runs a promotion in tandem with the Blockbuster Video and music store chain, giving contestants the chance to win a fully restored and tricked out vintage 70’s Cadillac. The vinyl release of the album is remastered and reissued a two LP set in 2016, pressed on green and blue vinyl, and also as a limited edition picture disc set, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of its original release. “ATLiens” spends two weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, debuting at its peak position of number two (for one week) on the Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.