Andre 3000 has been pretty heavy on the promotional run (at the very least, appearing on Ellen) in lieu of OutKast’s forthcoming weekend event in their hometown of Atlanta. Above, he takes the cover for the latest issue of Billboard; what truly makes this news, unfortunately, is the continued automatic shoot-down of any hopes that Andre and Big Boi will reunite for an actual album since 2006’s Idlewild. Or — on a serious note — since 2003’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Or — seriously, as an actual group and not individually — since 2000’s Stankonia. See what I mean?
“There are no plans to do [an Outkast album]. It’s not like some people think: ‘They’re about to drop this album!’ We don’t have, like, one song. There’s no trickery or nothing like that.”
The only real positive is the fact that (in addition to his statement about not actually retiring from music) the lack of any future full-length collaboration has nothing to do with the two artists’ relationship from a personal standpoint:
“It’s kind of like growing up in a house with your brother, people expecting y’all to live in the same room and have bunk beds forever…And people try to read into it and say people are beefing. But it’s nothing like that, man. Big Boi will always be my brother and a really important part of my life.”
Below, you can also check out his interview with NPR, where he speaks on working with Aretha Franklin, Atlanta Hip-Hop and more; also, if you missed it, you can check out his feature in Rolling Stone, where he wants he and Big Boi to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Hart, respectively, in an imagined biopic (this is obvious lighthearted banter…it has to be).