I’m not exactly sure what is going on here but I don’t like it. People have been trying to make the lack of a Outkast album into a beef. Sure, friends fight all of the time. Business partners have disagreements. With Big Boi and Andre 3000, you can see they are doing there best to avoid any controversy.
I personally feel that this would be a perfect time for the ATL legends to drop an album but all signs say NO. Big Boi just released his second solo album to little to no fan fare, and Andre 3 stacks is making a Jimi Hendrix movie. Also, Andre has expressed his disinterest in making music in several interviews. Though he does peak his head out for a guest verse here and there.
Which brings me to his latest appearance(s). Andre used a verse on T.I.’s new album to address the lack of Outkast music. It was dope (first), and it also came across as sincere/remorseful for the lack of new Outkast material. Big Boi’s reaction was positive…but I still felt there was something more. Well Big Boi decided, with the consent of T.I. and Andre 3000, to add his own verse to the song. A remix basically…but not an Outkast remix says Andre. What?
In his words:
“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.“
I truly understand the concern for the fans but toss them a bone. We know it wouldn’t mean that an Outkast album was on the way. It was a good idea for Big Boi to add a verse. Hey, maybe it would help his sales. I sure he did for the Kast fans. I don’t know about you guys but this is starting to get uncomfortable…