If you’ve been holding your breath for a new Outkast album, you may want to let it go because it appears that the dream is over. Andre 3000 not only killed any notion of a possible Outkast reunion, but simultaneously crushed the hearts of Hip-Hop heads everywhere.
“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.com.
On the plus side, he hasn’t totally abandoned music and is preparing to drop a solo project. “There’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists,” he explained. The past few months have found him jumping on tracks like Young Jeezy’s “I Do” remix, and the Gorillaz record “Do Ya Thing.” Not that he needs the practice, but getting his feet wet has helped him transition back into the music game, after a self-imposed hiatus. “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.”
It’s been nearly a decade since The Love Below hit stores and the new music that he’s been putting together is said to have reinvigorated his passion for the music. “The only thing I can really say [about the album] 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.”
Since putting the lid on his Outkast situation, for now, the Atlanta native kept himself busy by clocking business deals across the board. He started a clothing line Benjamin Bixby–which is now defunct but it set for a re-launch under the name Bixby–appeared in movies, and is the new brand ambassador for Gillette products. With so many different items on the agenda, 3 Stacks no longer sees himself as a just a rapper but credits his Hip-Hop persona with allotting him the opportunities to branch out.
“People think you kind of ride on this wave, this non-human wave, and I think that’s kind of wrong to put that on entertainers. But I think that’s a big thing for me. People talk about Andre 3000, they talk about fashion, they talk about film, they talk about music, and it’s almost like they put you in this place, but it’s work. It’s hard work just like anything else.”