With Big Boi‘s Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors on store shelves this week and Andre 3000 dropping new tracks, SOHH reached out to renowned booking agent Paul Schwartz to see how much anticipation is building for a full-fledged OutKast reunion tour.
While Boi’s renowned agent did not doubt the reunion would spark mass interest from fans, he stressed the Atlanta rap veteran’s own solo ability to control crowds.
“That of course would be great,” Schwartz told SOHH about the dream of getting Big Boi and Andre 3000 reunited for a tour. “No doubt. Lots of people would love that. [laughs] [Big Boi’s] definitely put out good music as a solo artist and continues to play live that way. He’s got a phenomenal live show and he’s continuing and been able to establish his own name.” (SOHH)
This week, Boi revealed just much of a close-knit bond he shares with Three Stacks.
“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)
Prior to clearing up the confusion, Big Boi playfully made some jokes about Andre’s limited availability.
“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)
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)
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