Andre 3000 Preps Solo Album, Says OutKast Album Not In The Works

It’s been nearly six years since OutKast released their last album, Idlewild—which served as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name. In the time since, fans have been eagerly awaiting the legendary duo’s next release, but Andre 3000 nixed hopes of any imminent reunion in a recent interview.

“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,” he told GQ.

Three Stacks also said that fellow artists reaching out for features has invigorated him, leading him to want to do a solo project, which may come out this year.

“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.”

He wouldn’t give many details on the solo effort. “The only thing I can really say is I’m going to get back to having fun because that’s what it was all about when I started this in high school—with OutKast—those were like high school dreams. I’m 36 now, so I have grown-man dreams. This album will just be me being myself as normal.”

In addition to his recent standout guest spots, the Atlanta native has been seen in commercial and print ads for Gillette, and told the magazine he plans on resurrecting his clothing line, Benjamin Bixby. Those endeavors build on his already diverse resume, which includes music, movies, and television.

“It’s funny, I don’t even consider myself a rapper, I don’t consider myself a designer, or even an actor,” Andre admitted. “I kind of got that opportunity through the opportunities I had before. I was acting before I started rapping. These things just came. I just like creating stuff and trying to make good work, whatever it is.” —Adam Fleischer

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQCtw2gG2Pg Bizzy

    We honestly need an Andre 3000 album more than we need the garbage out there today. I know we all say how much we want one, but we don’t realize how much music NEEDS one. If he can make that “instant classic” album people have been waiting for for years it’ll change how we hear and see hip-hop. 3K could be the one that has the power to save the music from killing itself.

    • MPeezy

      You are fucking right!

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  • TheLurker

    One of very few in the history of the genre impossible to overrate.

  • aaron

    REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ALBUM….BRING THAT CREATIVITY BACK TO THE GAME……

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  • Sha

    On some real sh*t? Many people believe that 3000 was the entire Outkast group. And those people couldn’t be more wrong. Outkast was tight because there was an Alien (Andre 3000) and the Pimp (Big Boi). They were the perfect balance. Hot sauce and chicken. Like it or not those two fed off of each other. Just like people made the same mistake of thinking Q-Tip was the entire A Tribe Called Quest. But without Phife, it just wasn’t the same. Numerous examples exist (Public Enemy, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, EPMD) etc….

    Now I ain’t hatin’ on Andre 3000. He’s one of the best to ever pick up a mic. But wasn’t he saying some sh*t about never rappin’ again? Wasn’t he going Joe-Hollywood on n*ggas? Wasn’t The Love Below a mostly “sung” album (what up Drake)? So this new found “energy” he has comes off as a little disingenuous at best.

    My guess is that after the cartoon he created, and after trying to navigate the sewer that is Hollywood, doing what you love (at least when you came in the game) doesn’t seem too bad.

    I’ll definitely be checking for Andre 3000′s album. And without a doubt, I’m sure it will be lyrical. But there’s a part of me that’s really fed up with these artists getting huge egos after they blow up and breaking up the chemistry that made them great.

    I know…. I know……

    Everyone will say, “A man has to be a man and stand alone at some point in his life.”

    That’s true as hell….

    But I just get tired of people developing these “I can do this alone” mentalities after they get a little cheddar. Because truth be told, if you COULD do it alone, you would’ve entered the game WITHOUT your man having your back.

    • 14titles

      honestly u sounding like a hater..

  • reese

    Yo, regardless of the fact outkast was one of the greatest duos hands down, why shouldnt 3 stacks have the opportunity to make a solo album? big boi did it, and it was fucking sick. All of Dre’s verses to come out in the last couple of years have been amongst his best so personally i think this album is gonna be XXL all the mothafuckin way.

  • logisticalstyles

    So, how did you feel when Big Boi went out and dropped his solo album. Remember Chico Dusty? 3K could easily drop a successful solo album The Love Below carried SpeakerBoxx. No diss to Big Boi, but 3K’s rhymes and subject matter and vocabulary are what keep me interested in an Outkast album.

  • Roman

    Can’t f!uck!ng wait, rather can the industry!

    But fo real, 3k aint going under with this yall know that..
    serriously, do you know who the f#ck were talkin bout?

    The world should be glad his hand touched a mic and so for this album.

  • Kernal Vatolini

    look at the end of the day andre has been with big boi 90 percent of his career, its time for andre to do his own thing, i believe as men they have musical differences andre is the complete artist who can sing,produce and rap(the best ever) so having big boi will hinder his progress, you h8ers dont realise how much andre does he writes all the hooks he sang most of the hook and produced alot, all big boi did was fill in a 16bars. So when andre releases this album it will show how he did most of the work

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