News: Andre 3000 Silences Reunion LP Talks, "There Are No Plans For Another OutKast Album"
Friday, Feb 24, 2012 12:47PM
Grammy-winning rapper Andre 3000 has set the record straight on recent talks of an OutKast reunion album coming together, revealing there are no immediate plans to hook back up with Big Boi.
Although Outkast's future is uncertain, the hip-hop veteran described the current thrill of recording new tracks with up-and-coming artists.
"There's been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album. There's a lot of music on the horizon. I've been living off the excitement of new artists. I've been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, "Hey, Andre, we want you on this song." So I've been taking those calls and for the last two years, I've been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I've just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I'm planning to do a solo project. I don't know when it will come out, but hopefully it'll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don't know if or when that will happen." (GQ)
Recently, Three Stacks linked with Gorillaz and rocker James Murphy for a collaborative effort.
As part of Converse Inc.'s continuing "Three Artists. One Song" campaign, Gorillaz, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and Outkast rapper Andre 3000 have teamed up for an original track. "DoYaThing" will be released on Feb. 23, along with a new Gorillaz footwear collection designed by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett for Converse. The Gorillaz partnership with Converse, which was initially announced last November, marks Murphy's return as a vocalist after LCD Soundsystem officially disbanded last April, as well as Andre 3000's latest feature after providing recent guest spots for Drake, Ke$ha and B.o.B. "DoYaThing" will be available as a free download on Converse's official website. (Billboard)
He recently made headlines for starring in a Gilette Fushion electric razors campaign.
"Style is taking what you have, kind of what you're given, and playing with it," Dre said in a Gillette promotional video. "That's what style is, just kinda finding what's in you and putting it out into something you have that nobody else has. You kind of just have to love it and nurture it and say, 'This is me and I'm just gonna blast it out to the world!' Facial hair is a part of getting up in the morning. It took me a long time to actually grow hair on my face, so when I got it, I didn't want to get rid of it! I think it's something that frames your face up. ... At the moment, me and my barber kind of separated in a way 'cause my hair's growing. [laughs] So, I don't go by and get haircuts. I haven't gone by in about three years. Maybe. I do my own grooming at home so he reaches out every now and again. He's one less customer right now." (Gillette)
Back in 2010, Big Boi said Andre's decision to sway away from music delayed OutKast album plans.
"Let's just be clear. The whole idea of recording this solo album came from Dre. It did not come from Big Boi. If it were me we would have done another Outkast record [laughs]. But Dre had just started doing movies and his clothing line and he wanted to focus on that. So he was like, 'If we do the solo albums, it will make the Outkast albums mean that much more to the fans.' And I was cool with that. I started Sir Lucious on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in 2007." (VIBE)
Check out a recent Andre 3000 interview below: