As the age-old saying goes, just because Andre 3000 and Big Boi are on a song together doesn’t make it an Outkast song.
After Big Boi’s remix of Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter” — a song that features Andre 3000 — was released last weekend, hip-hop fans (and Billboard.com) hailed the new track as the unofficial return of the best-selling rap duo. However, Andre 3000 released a statement on Tuesday (Jan. 15) explaining that, no, Outkast is not back.
In a statement given to Spin, Three-Stacks insists that the “Pink Matter” remix and the upcoming remix to T.I. and Andre’s single “Sorry,” which will feature Big Boi, do not constitute an Outkast reunion, but are simply happenstance pairings of the two MCs. “It’s important for me to be clear about the origins of my contributions to ‘Pink Matter’ and ‘Sorry,'” Andre writes. “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,” he continues. “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.”
Outkast has yet to release a follow-up to its 2006 LP, or even intimate that a new album is on the way. Big Boi has released two solo albums, including last month’s “Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors,” in the interim, while Andre 3000 has appeared on tracks by Drake, Ke$ha and UGK but has not issued a proper solo effort.