Atlanta rap veteran Andre 3000 has stepped forward to address new music featuring himself and estranged OutKast group member Big Boi and said they have not officially teamed back up to work on fresh tunes.
Three Stacks released a statement on the buzz and denied OutKast reunion speculation.
In response to the persistent rumors, André 3000 issued the following statement exclusively to SPIN: “It’s important for me to be clear about the origins of my contributions to ‘Pink Matter’ and ‘Sorry.’ I was approached as a solo artist by both Frank Ocean & Tip. I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi’s name came up. I never want to mislead our audience – I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations. I discussed this rationale with Big, Frank and T.I. and everyone agreed. That is why I was surprised to read about these remixes. I understand that anyone can put out an unofficial remix to any song but I have an obligation to be honest with fans about what this is … and what it isn’t.” (SPIN)
The estranged duo’s new “Pink Matter” remix bubbled online last weekend.
Big and ‘Dre are are top-tier solo MCs without question. Still, nothing will ever replace the authentic chemistry of hearing them feed off one another. There just isn’t. And despite “Pink” not necessarily constituting as “new ‘Kast music,” something is indeed better than nothing. Who knows, possibly in an ideal world where the planets align, this, along with the forthcoming remix to T.I. and 3K’s “Sorry,” a seed may be planted. All paperwork bullsh*t aside, if Big and Stacks want to record new music, they will. If they don’t, they won’t. It’s really just that simple. And while I’m sure they do, my only hope is both realize the magnitude of their bond. Neither want to wake up 15 years from now with the regret, “I wish we would’ve handled that differently.” Just ask Bun B how much this means. (Smoking Section)
Recently, Big Boi spoke on his close-knit bond with Andre 3000 despite not working together on new records in recent memory.
“You know, when we meet behind closed doors – and you get the articles and [it’s] “he said this” and “he said that;” motherf*ckers taking sh*t outta context; they don’t really know us. That’s my brother. He comes to my house; our kids play together. They play video games and we sit and listen to music and just catch up. But, that’s out of the public eye. But when you been with a guy since the tenth grade, we don’t have to see each other every day. And we don’t have to make records all of the time; we got a catalog that’s unprecedented. And, when he ready to do a full ‘Kast record together, then that’ll happen. But until then, ain’t no problems or nothing and the music [I make] is still gonna sound out of this world.” (HHDX)
In early 2012, Andre explained his disinterest in rushing out a reunion LP.
“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)