Many Hip-Hop fans have been wondering if an Outkast reunion could possibly be in the works. In recent years Andre 3000 has been more focused on his acting career, but has still been featured in various songs. Big Boi has an album due out in December.
Andre 3000 will star as Jimi Hendrix in a biopic of the man Rolling Stone Magazine named the "Greatest Guitarist" of all time. Jimi was only 27 when he died in London in 1970.
All Is By My Side, which looks at the early days of Hendrix's career is set to be released next year. Andre 3000 said, The Associated Press reports. He believes fans "will be pleased" with the film.
While he has been more focused on his acting career, Andre has still been featured in songs for artists such as Beyoncé and Frank Ocean. Music just isn't his main focus right now, which has turned talk of an Outkast reunion into talk of an Outkast feud.
The rumors aren't based solely on Andre 3000's focus on acting. In an interview with The Village Voice, the other half of Outkast, Big Boi, made a comment about Andre not having much to say other than the lines in his Gillette commercial.
Big Boi's comments reflected some bitterness over Andre not appearing on his upcoming album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, HipHopDX reports.
"He could have been on any song he wanted to," Big Boi revealed. "I gave the motherf*cker about five songs, but I guess he was just too busy. He said he had to do some Gillette sh**. No for real. He said he had some contractual obligations."
Big Boi tweeted later that he was being sarcastic and that there was no beef between Andre 3000 and him. He also said however, that would not be answering anymore questions about Outkast.
The Atlanta rapper will be releasing Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors next month, The Associated Press reports. The album will feature appearances by A$AP Rocky, and fellow ATL rappers Ludacris and T.I., HipHopDX reports.
Andre 3000, however, will likely not be releasing any music related projects anytime soon. According to Rolling Stone, he made less than five music cameos in 2012.
The Atlanta native noted recently he misses creating music. He said some days he feels he wants to create something new, whether its rap or something different. Some day he feels he's done, and other days he feels he needs to record a new album before he dies. He can't make any predictions right now, but he has been writing songs.
"I write all the time. I actually stopped typing it in my phone because [it's] like a cloud is basically reading every thought that I have and I don't like that," Andre said, The AP reports. "So I went back to my paper and started writing."
As far as an Outkast reunion, Andre just isn't if it's in the cards.
"Man, we've had a great ride," he said reminiscing about how he and Big Boi started when they were in high school. "We just wanted to do something fun and push it," he said. His fear now is that he and Big Boi could reunite for the wrong reasons. It's probable that most fans want Outkast to reunite for nostalgic purposes, because they loved them back in the day, and Andre has a different line of thinking. Just because fans loved Outkast years ago, it doesn't mean they'll love them now. "I'm not one who prescribes to nostalgia," he said.
Despite his uncertainty about another Outkast album, Andre spoke to FUSE recently and praised Big Boi for writing Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors recognizing how difficult writing your own album can be.
He said he was extremely proud of Big Boi, and noted that he had played various songs for him as he was working on the album.
One of Andre's few musical cameos this year has been the verse he spits on the song "Sorry" off T.I.'s Trouble Man album. In the verse, Andre apologizes to Big Boi "for f*cking up the tour," HipHopDX reports.
Big Boi wasn't quite sure what to make of the whole thing. He didn't really understand what Andre was apologizing for since nothing he's done or hasn't done has had any impact on Big Boi's musical career. He's still touring and is about to release his second solo record.
The only thing he could think of was maybe Andre was really apologizing to Outkast's fans since he and Big Boi both know how badly they'd like to see them perform together again.
Big Boi's down for a reunion album, but it doesn't seem like a major priority right now. He's busy getting ready for the release of his new album. Andre has his acting. "It's whatever, man. If Dre's ready to do it, and I'm not on tour all around the world, let's go, for sure."