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André 3000’s wildest looks

By Matt Glazebrook, 29 April 2014

Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, the debut album from Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast, turned 20 years old over the weekend. Not only did this landmark record herald a major new talent – one that would help the South break the East Coast/West Coast dominance of the rap game, before branching out in all manner of leftfield musical directions – it also introduced hip-hop's first dandy to the world.

Long before Kanye West became a fixture on catwalk front rows, André 3000 (real name André Benjamin) carved a unique path as rap's most enthusiastic fashion adventurer. To celebrate Outkast's big birthday and the return of André and partner Big Boi to the touring circuit this spring, check out five of his most amazing ensembles.

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Some stars only ham it up for a movie premiere or magazine shoot, but not André. This excellent combo of seersucker trousers, a khaki jacket and a knitted tie is how he rolls to the shops.

Andre 3000

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You think you’re pushing the boat out with double denim? Come back to André 3000 when you've mastered triple denim.

Andre 3000

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There are some things you can only get away with as a celebrated fashion iconoclast. We're going to go ahead and put the ol' deerstalker, mirrored shades, Peruvian poncho, Croatian football scarf and tasselled suede riding boots combo in that category.

Andre 3000

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André owns accessorising. A white tux is a strong formal look on it's own, but pairing it with an artfully battered straw hat and matching boutonnière takes things to a whole new level.

Andre 3000

Picture: Martin Godwin, Guardian

This outfit is like a greatest hits of André 3000: a baseball cap that references his group's Georgia roots, a green polo shirt that evokes his classic Hey Ya video, braces and houndstooth to bring his favourite dandy country gentleman vibe, and a pair of crisp, turned-up blue jeans to show he can rock classic Americana like a boss too.

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