Between from 1995 to 1996, Out Kast recorded ATLiens in sessions at several Atlanta studios—Bosstown Recording Studios, Doppler Recording Studios, Patch Werk Recording Studio, Purple Dragon Studios, and Studio La Co Co—as well as Chung King Recording Studio and Sound On Sound Recording in New York City.The record features outer space-inspired production sounds, with Out Kast and producers Organized Noize incorporating elements of dub, psychedelic rock, and gospel into the compositions.

A motorized rickshaw had arrived to transport 12-year-old Keo from her one-room shack in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, to an unknown location. Rotana was crying because she knew she had done something unspeakable: She had sold her daughter's virginity to a rich, powerful man.

The rickshaw driver took Keo to an underground medical clinic.

A corrupt doctor on the payroll of brokers who arrange the sale of virgins examined her to check that her hymen was intact and gave her a blood test for HIV infection.

"He confirmed I was a virgin and disease-free," says Keo, now 17. I had to stay with him for one week while he raped me many times without a condom." Cambodia's highly secretive upmarket virgin trade is a world apart from the capital's rowdy, neon-lit bars and karaoke clubs where foreign tourists and locals can buy sex for $10 or $20.

Its clients are high-ranking officials from the Cambodian government, military, and police force, as well as other members of Asia's wealthy elite, who pay between $500 and $5,000 to sleep with a virgin.

Worldwide an estimated 4.5 million people are trafficked for sex or forced into prostitution, and 98 percent of the victims are women and girls, according to the International Labour Organization.

They started showing a swagger that certain artists have—the ones that are stars." After acquiring their own recording studio, the duo immediately started working on new material and assimilated themselves with music recording and studio equipment, as they sought to become more ambitious artists and less dependent on other producers.

The two also became more accustomed to playing live, particularly Big Boi, and André 3000 significantly changed his lifestyle, as he adopted a more eccentric fashion sense, became a vegetarian, and stopped smoking marijuana.

The album's title is a portmanteau of "ATL" (an abbreviation of Atlanta, Georgia) and "aliens", which has been interpreted by critics as a commentary about the feeling of being isolated from American culture.

ATLiens debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, and it sold nearly 350,000 copies in its first two weeks of release.

The duo took the opportunity to recreate their image. DJ, the two decided to abandon their cornrow hairstyles in favor of a more natural aesthetic, vowing to stop combing their hair.