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