It’s been more than a decade since Outkast released a proper Outkast album. André 3000 and Big Boi have been anything but silent in the time since – well, Big Boi at least – and have appeared on a number of songs and collaborations. Big Boi has been working with Phantogram on Big Grams, and it was recently revealed that he and Killer Mike will be dropping a joint project some time in the future. Three Stacks has been significantly quieter, although he has delivered one of 2016’s most incredible verses on Frank Ocean’s new album Blonde, as well as delivering big on Kanye West‘s The Life of Pablo track 30 Hours.
Outkast have toured a little in the time since, last visiting Australia to headline Splendour in the Grass in 2014. These didn’t feel genuine for the pair, though, with André admitting he “felt like a sellout” during their reunion tour.
“I felt like people would be like, ‘Y’all are doing all these festivals, y’all are just doing it for money.’ And I felt like a sell-out, honestly. So I was like, if I’m in on the joke, I’ll feel cool about it.”
At the time he also lamented the fact that he now struggles to get excited over performing music that he hadn’t played live in more than a decade.
Over the years, we’ve seen rumours and hints of new music, of artists collaborating with the pair on solo projects. Back in April, comedian Chris Rock shared a photo with André and Jack White, with a caption stating that they were working on André’s new album.
However, there has been very little word about any new music from Outkast proper. After the death of Phife Dawg earlier this year, Andre did reveal that A Tribe Called Quest and Outkast had once planned a joint album. “I’m going to say some interesting news and some disappointing news at the same time,” he told Rolling Stone. “About a year or two ago, we were talking about doing a Tribe Called Quest and Outkast album. Yeah. For whatever reason, it did not happen.”
Today, Gucci Mane has revealed on Snapchat that he’s been working with Outkast – specifically saying Outkast, not André or Big Boi. For context, he was explaining that recently he recorded eight features in one day, for Lil Wayne, Diplo, 2 Chainz, Peewee Longway and others, including Outkast.
It’s not much, and he may well have said Outkast when he meant a solo album, but it sure is interesting. Hopefully we’ll hear more information soon.
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