OutKast’s Big Boi recently discussed his relationship with rap sidekick Andre 3000 and why fans have not gotten a chance to hear them collaborate in recent years.
Asked if it boiled down to label politics, Boi said a lack of Andre collabos is due to the elusive rapper’s schedule.
“No, that’s all cleared up now. He could’ve been on any song he wanted to. I gave the motherf*cker about five songs, but I guess he was just too busy,” Big Boi said when asked about Laface Records not authorizing an Andre 3000 collaboration. “He said he had to do some Gillette sh*t [room erupts in laughter]. No for real. He said he had some contractual obligations.” (Village Voice)
Back in August, Boi denied rumors of a beef brewing between him and Three Stacks.
“That’s all it is. There’s never been a beef. Never — never been a beef, at all. We’re grown men who started out hip-to-hip since we were 16 years old. We’ve sold more records than anybody, you feel me? … Next year will be our 20-year anniversary. 20 years. It doesn’t seem like that because you’ve got rappers nowadays blowing up when they’re 35 and 36. We’ve already done it all by the time we were 21 and 22-years old. Our peers are our peers [but] we’re younger than some of these ni**as. We might seem like we’re older because their parents listened to us. We were teenagers when we started. We got love for everybody but there’s a perception of being older because you’ve been on top for so long. But there’s never been any beef. I’m just waiting on him to finish his solo album and we’ll see what happens after that. We good. We Gucci.” (Billboard)
He also addressed the public’s infatuation with wondering if they are on good terms with one another.
“I just love making music. I love people but some people get a certain perception from the outside. You know, again, there are ‘Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors': ‘It must be a problem. They can’t do songs together,’ or ‘What’s going on? They must be mad at each other.’ It’s none of that, we’re just two grown men. We have kids now. We’re just raising our kids and doing our thing. My focus has been primarily music. ‘Dre has been focused on film. He just started doing music again, just a couple years ago with guest appearances. So it’s nothing but perception. [Perception] is a motherf*cker and people that don’t know sh*t are always the ones to talk the most and the bulls*it flies a lot of times. One thing I like about Twitter is that you can hear it from the horse’s mouth. See somebody lying, you can be like, ‘You a lie ni**a. That’s some bullsh*t.'” (Billboard)
In early 2012, Andre 3000 said he did not feel a need to rush out an 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)
The rap mogul’s Gillette commercial circulated online last February.
“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)
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