OutKast’s Big Boi recently discussed the status of hooking back up with longtime music partner Andre 3000 for more music and why plans for a reunion album on currently getting shelved.
Claiming there is no timetable for an OutKast LP, Boi said their main focus is solo projects these days.
“We’re just really focused on solo projects. I’m working on mine, he’s working on his, and we’ll just go from there,” Big Boi said. “I just like to make music. I can go either way, solo or Outkast. My whole thing is just to keep the recording process going. When it’s time to do the Outkast record we’ll do it, but right now it’s solo time.” Big Boi says the reunion rumors may have started because Andre and he often work together or simply visit each other in the studio. “I said we were working on music, not the Outkast album,” Big said. “Sometimes he comes to the studio and be in my sessions just checking out music. People get excited when they see us in the studio together, but it was never for one specific project. Sometimes Dre’s in the studio listening to my new music.” (BET)
Recently, fellow Atlanta rapper B.o.B. dished out his hope for another OutKast record.
“I think all OutKast fans want to see an OutKast album,” he said. “Even if it’s the last one, we want that OutKast album. I did get a chance to speak to [Andre] when we did the feature. We had a good conversation. I was like, ‘Andre, let me get that OutKast album, man.’ It looked pretty optimistic the last time I heard.” (CBS Local)
Back in February, OutKast affiliate Killer Mike hit up SOHH with his stance on the lack of reunion talk.
“Dre can rap and people have always appreciated that about him,” Mike told SOHH. “That’s cool, I’ll f*ck with it. As an OutKast fan, I thought it was bullsh*t to say ain’t no OutKast plans in the works. That’s just me as a fan, that’s bullsh*t. But that’s just me being a music nerd. I want to make sure people know I’m speaking as a ‘fan’ though. I’m not speaking as a guy who was signed to them with an opinion, I’m speaking as a fan. … When you hear Dre or Big Boi doing an interview, as an OutKast fan, you want to read, ‘We have a joint coming out, we have an album coming out,’ but not to hear that, it’s f*cking bullsh*t. [laughs] It’s not like it’s something I didn’t know. He said it to me before but I was just like, ‘Sh*t. I hope you change your mind motherf*cker.’ [laughs]” (SOHH)
A week prior, Andre 3000 broke the news on there not being any urgency behind 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)
Check out some recent Big Boi footage below: