Sorry McCartney: They are for real.
In the social-media debate over which musical collective reigns superior: iconic British rock quartet The Beatles, or legendary lyrical duo Outkast — it’s a “So Fresh, So Clean” sweep for the rhymers from Atlanta.
With Twitter as the digital battlefield, cyber-soldiers of the Outkast army beat back troops in The Beatles brigade with hard-hitting arguments supporting their stance that the “ATLiens” are the greatest group of all time.
The drums of war were sounded by a now-viral retweet from Outkast’s official Twitter account which read: “When society admits OutKast is better than The Beatles then we can truly start healing.”
The Beatles — Paul McCartney, 78, Ringo Starr, 80, and deceased members John Lennon and George Harrison — have been long-hailed as the most influential ensemble of the 20th century since emerging on the scene in 1960.
Hits such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Come Together” and “Hey Jude” earned the boys from Liverpool, England, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acclaim in 1988.
The Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award winners also held the record for having the most (five) songs in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 until Drake dismantled that streak by landing seven of his tracks on the list in 2018.
And now, it seems Outkast members André 3000 — André Lauren Benjamin, 45 — and Big Boi — Antwan André Patton, 46 — are unseating the “Hard Day’s Night” hit-makers as the best to ever do it.
Citing the pair’s reverberating impact on music since first injecting an unprecedented blend of southern funk, psychedelia and jazz into pop culture in 1994 with jams including “Player’s Ball,” “Ms. Jackson” and “The Way You Move,” Twitter is anointing the southern squad as kings.
“OutKast is so far away better than the the beatles that there’s not even a discussion to be had. The beatles were trash, Outkast was true talent and originality,” one fan tweeted.
“OutKast could easily write ‘Hey Jude’ but The Beatles could never write ‘Hey Ya!’ and we won’t be entertaining any rebuttals. Thank you for your time,” another argued.
It’s worth noting that The Beatles and Oukast both reached musical MVP status during different generations and in different genres; thus, they both appeal to widely different audiences.
So, all in all, maybe these guys got it right.