Atlanta rap veteran Cee Lo Green has stepped up to share his thoughts on close friend and elusive OutKast member Andre 3000, notably why he has remained absent from the hip-hop spotlight.
According to Cee, Three Stacks may be battling self-asserted fears and a level of expectation too unrealistic to reach.
“He just said he had a severe case of stage fright and just kind of been away from the game and didn’t know if he could truly live up — ah, I just feel like I’m talking to much personal stuff. I hope he don’t mind,” Cee Lo said of 3 Stacks when he and the rest of the Goodie Mob appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday (August 7). “He just said he was bothered by this bar that had been set and maybe he wants to do something different, and he’ll always be his worse competition, his worse critic and maybe he don’t want to live up to what people think he should do,” he explained. “He’s always been exceptional and ahead of his time anyway, so anything he decides to do, next year or the year after that, we’ll still be catching with what’s on his mind.” (MTV)
Last weekend, Andre 3000’s representative said his long-awaited solo LP was not yet penciled in despite previous reports.
3000, unlike is his ‘Kast mate Big Boi, has not released a solo album. Since Outkast’s 2006 soundrack album for “Idlewild,” Andre has only rapped sporadically as a featured guest on songs like Beyonce’s “Party” and Drake’s “The Real Her.” But not so fast, 3K fans. True as Stephen G. Hill‘s ATLien encounter may be, nothing’s set in stone. Billboard reached out to Andre’s publicist, who says nothing is for certain on the album front. “Regarding reports of a specific plan to release an album in early 2014,” the rep says, “There is no official confirmation on that report.” That statement doesn’t completely nix the potential of an Andre 3000 album in 2014. It just means it’s not locked in. (Billboard)
Buzz courtesy of BET executive Stephen G. Hill about Andre putting together a new LP surfaced Saturday.
André 3000 is finally ready. Fans have waited patiently and it looks like the OutKast member is ready to deliver a new project soon. Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials for BET Networks, ran into 3 Stacks backstage at Lil’ Wayne and T.I.‘s “America’s Most Wanted Tour” stop in Washington D.C. on Friday night. During their breif conversation, Hill reveals the ATLien told him a new solo album will arrive early 2014. “Me: hey what’s up? You got the movie coming, right? Andre 3000: yeah…and I got a solo album coming top of the year. Me: *droptofloor*” (Miss Info TV)
In early 2012, Andre explained his disinterest in rushing out a reunion OutKast 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)