OutKast Fans, Don't Get Your Hopes Up: "No News To Report," Rep Says
A representative for Andre 3000 told The Fader that there is “no Outkast news to report” at this time.
The announcement will come as a disappointment to fans of the Grammy-winning Atlanta rap duo. On Gucci Mane’s Snapchat recently, he said, “I just did a record for Outkast.” And at the One Music Fest over the weekend, the elusive Andre 3000 joined Big Boi and the rest of the Dungeon Family for a star-studded reunion show in the A.
The recent news bits were reason for optimism after OutKast satiated fans with a reunion tour in 2014 for the group’s 20th anniversary. Fans and critics praised most of the performances, but Andre told The Fader that he was more excited about the message-scribed jumpsuits he was wearing than he was about the music. “I felt like a sell-out, honestly,” he said. “So I was like, if I’m in on the joke, I’ll feel cool about it.”
Gucci Mane’s snapchat seemed like an accidental reveal of exclusive news, and seeing Andre 3000 at the Dungeon Family reunion made ‘Kast fans feel even better. The record would be OutKast’s first studio album since 2003’w diamond-selling Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and their first release since 2006’s Idlewild, the soundtrack that accompanied their similarly-titled film.
But maybe Gucci was mistakenly referring to a song with Big Boi, not OutKast as a group – he did appear on “Shine Blockas,” a song from Big Boi’s 2010 album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Or, maybe they were working on music and suddenly stopped.
Many will hope that the statement from Andre 3000’s representative is just an attempt to continue keeping an unannounced Outkast album under wraps. But at least this gives fans reason to not wait around and be upset if the album never materializes. With the reunion tour and the classic albums that they created in their heyday, OutKast has done more than their fair share.