By Cheo Tyehimba
Updated November 06, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Spotlighting equally the talents of Dre and Big Boi may be the key to Outkast’s artistic transcendence. They also rip the rap envelope by trading samples for distinctive instruments like Kalimba and harmonica (a la Earth, Wind & Fire and Curtis Mayfield). Songs like ”Rosa Parks,” a hambone-slappin’ hoedown that could double as a soundtrack to an Alice Walker novel, may qualify Aquemini as hip-hop album of the year. A