Is OutKast Dropping A 20th Anniversary Project Next Year?
Next April 26 marks the 20th anniversary of OutKast's 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, and with it may come new music from the acclaimed Atlanta duo. Speaking to NEHip-Hop.com (via 2DopeBoyz), Sleepy Brown of production group Organized Noize let slip that a project may be in the works.
"We got the 20 year anniversary of OutKast coming out next year, and then I got a new solo album coming out—I actually got something new out on iTunes right now called A-Town Legend," said Brown, who had been coming out and joining Big Boi and Killer Mike on their recent Shoes For Running Tour on tracks like "Ms. Jackson." If true, it would be the first new music from the two branded as OutKast since 2007's "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)," which found its way onto UGK's album Underground Kingz.
Brown, who has long been affiliated with the 'Kast as both a producer and a featured vocalist, then continued, saying, "The holdup? It's just scheduling, man," he said, though it's important to note that it is unclear due to how the video is cut whether he's speaking about the delay in new OutKast music or on his own album. "We just gotta get it all together; it's coming together now. Thank you for being patient, it's coming real soon."
So does that mean there could be new music on the horizon for OutKast? Maybe a tribute show, similar to something that Nas mentioned he'd been planning for the 20th anniversary of Illmatic? The group has celebrated a number of anniversaries lately, with the 15th anniversary of Aquemini on September 29 and the 10th of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below September 23. And we also know that Big has been back in the studio with Ray from Organized Noize recently, though it's unclear what they've been working on. The plot thickens.
As of press time, representatives for André 3000 had yet to respond to a request for comment. Reps for Big Boi declined to comment on this story.