You might recall that Andre 3000 recently shot down any and all rumors of OutKast working on a new album. He made it clear that he and Big Boi (unfortunately) haven't been recording music together lately. And upon hearing this news, tons of people assumed that this meant OutKast was dead.
Well, that's not the case. As Three Stacks told FADER, "I’m going to be in OutKast forever in some kind of way." That just doesn't mean that we can expect to hear a new OutKast album this year, next year, or any year. If it happens, it happens because to Andre, it's apparently all about the vibe.
Any time you do an interview or there’s an announcement about something that you’re doing that’s not Outkast, everyone asks about when the next OutKast project is coming. And every time, words get misconstrued, or casual statements get blown out of proportion. Is it difficult for you to have to talk about it every time?
It’s expected. I guess the unfortunate thing is how the internet is today—is that it’s all about shock and it’s all about getting attention. So they always take out the parts that seem shocking and blast it. Sensationalize whatever they want to sensationalize. It’s always been, No, there are not any plans right now. We’re not on the roster or on a schedule with a label to put out an OutKast album. I can’t say if or when we will, but I’m going to be in OutKast forever in some kind of way. I can’t really say OutKast is over so it always trips me out when these things get on the internet, and [people] go, Andre said there’s going to be no more Outkast. And then me and Big Boi get on the phone like, Oh, that’s unfortunate that they said that kind of thing. But I just have to say that because we’re in the information age, and there’s a lot of misinformation—you may have tweets from somebody saying, I saw them together, or I saw them in the studio. And there even may be close friends that are just so excited about seeing me and Big Boi together, they may say we’re in the studio together. It’s totally not true. Like, I may stop by the studio to hear what Big Boi’s doing for his album, just to say hey as a friend and see what’s going on. And next thing you know it’s, Oh, they’re in the studio together. No, not at all. There’s no plans for an OutKast album right now. Next year will be 20 years as Outkast, which is—I’m still amazed at it. I’m happy that we’ve been around that long. Happy that we have people that still care about Outkast. There’s a lot of guys that came out around the same time that are not around anymore. So it’s really a blessing. So I think when I hear things on the internet that OutKast is over, I think, that’s a shame. Because I don’t have the power to stop Outkast, you know? I didn’t start OutKast by myself. I don’t have the power to stop Outkast. If we do another OutKast album one day, I would be super happy. Because I’ll know that the vibe is right, and we’ll put our all into it. But if we never do another OutKast album, you know, I won’t be sad because we’ve been blessed. We’ve been around.
You guys have had a better career than most artists ever have, and you’re still going.
Right. Maybe one day it’ll happen. I just hate when people say, Well, they said it’s over. It’s all about vibe, man.