OutKast Sets New Album Release Date

OutKast will release its long-awaited next album, "Idlewild," Dec. 6 via LaFace/Jive.

OutKast will release its long-awaited next album, "Idlewild," Dec. 6 via LaFace/Jive. As previously reported, the set serves as the soundtrack to the OutKast-starring film of the same name, which will hit U.S. theaters in January. The first single from the set is titled "Idlewild Blues."

"My Life in Idlewild" is set in the 1930s, and OutKast's Big Boi says that period in history has rubbed off on some of the music. "In our own little way," he told Billboard.com earlier this summer. "Just with the Ragtime feel. It's hip-hop. It's OutKast. It is what we've been doing for years. Some songs have a little more piano or whatever, but the whole project was a natural progression from a double CD. It was like, where do we go from here?"

Big Boi stressed, "This is an OutKast album. It isn't like a soundtrack where we go get this person or that person."

In related news, LaFace will on Nov. 15 release OutKast's "The Videos" in the Universal Media Disc format for PSP. Featured are clips for such hits as "So Fresh, So Clean," "B.O.B.," "Ms. Jackson" and "Hey Ya!"

Meanwhile, Big Boi on Saturday received the Fine Arts Award from the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation for his achievements in arts. Based in Big Boi's hometown of Savannah, Ga., the foundation works to preserve black history in the city.