It’s been almost 11 years since the world heard an OutKast album that heavily featured both Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and Andre “3000” Benjamin on the same tracks, but the duo has been keeping busy, says Grammy-winning OutKast collaborator Killer Mike.
"It’s very important to me because I’m a fan and I need my OutKast,” Mike told CNN. “There’s a lot of bulls- out here...So when people say ‘get back together,’ I don’t take it like they’re saying they broke up they just mean like, ‘literally, we need that energy!’ That energy only works when there’s two poles, a positive and a negative and energy’s conducted through.”
After 2000’s genre-bending “Stankonia,” the group released the diamond-selling Album of the Year, “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.” It was a project that carried the OutKast name but featured Big Boi and Andre 3000 on two separate solo discs packaged as one.
Fast forward three years, and the OutKast album/soundtrack “Idlewild” - with the exception of a few cuts - didn’t satisfy the ‘Kast diehards longing for the "Southerplayalistic" days of old. Things only got more frustrating when label politics blocked Andre from being featured on Big Boi’s solo album, “Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty.”
Let’s just say the frustration has reached its zenith and the need for both Andre and Big Boi to get back in the studio together is more dire than it’s ever been, Mike says. Thankfully, for fans and critics alike, that day may come sooner than you think.
“Dre called me a week or two ago and he’s back at it [rapping],” says Mike, who just returned to Atlanta from performing with Big Boi in Sweden. “He’s recorded some stuff solo and he’s also indicated there’s going to be another OutKast album.” The rapper couldn’t pin down an exact date, but he did intimate that it’s on the way, adding, “I definitely want to be on that album if it all possible.”
While Mike insists he’s more fan than expert, he let it be known that Andre and Big Boi are currently together.
“I can definitely say Big and Dre are together now, they’re on a cruise hanging out,” he said, laughing. “I know that sounds funny, right? They took the families out – I missed it. I hate that I missed it too.”
Mike also gave CNN some news about fellow Southern hip-hop legends Goodie Mob, who recently reunited with the return of their most recognizable member Cee-Lo.
“On the Goodie Mob news they got a record coming and they even got a title,” he says of the album, which in his opinion won’t hit shelves 'til next year. “I can’t say yet, Big [Boi] shared it with me on the low, but they got a title and they got an album coming, so it feels like Atlanta’s hip-hop is coming full circle.”
Funny, just heard Hey Ya the other day, and it made me wonder where Outkast had been. Looking forward to some new cuts.
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Treva you the only one who mentioned GOD...:) Thank you Jesus for bringing back the true ATLiens!!! "Like memories of yesterday",
thank GOD! Kanye, Jill Scott and Beyonce can't do it alone! we need some more REAL artists!
this sh!tt is exillerating! true LIVING LEGENDS. do it bigg boiz. GIRLS PASS ME NOTES ON STAGE THAT SAY I WANNA SICK YOUR DUCK!
yes. atown needs some new artists. ludacris is washed up and TI is in jail. time to start over and bring the real back
OutKast! I can't wait...should be some good stuff. About time they dropped another much-needed album.
if they really blow it out... i mean really get into it... and tour with this album... i will travel anywhere in the world to be at the show. it would be a defining moment for me. i miss dem two dope boys in a cadillac.
Very true @itsamemario.........should be good......
niice, outkast and goodie mob always put out good music.
@evel the only thing your doing by asking dumb questions is proving that your too stupid to use google search..
Mutliple stab wounds slicing through in the old school cutlass supreme 35 cent to me name and that's for a blunt mane....Kujho
I just bought that SouthernplayalisticCadillacMusic 2 weeks ago and Goodie Mob's soul food album a week after that. I can't get with these week altanta artist and that auto tune BS..It 's cool for the club but they can't make a whole cd full of good music. Can't wait to hear a new Outkast Album and Goodie MoB...Bout to get that SpeakBoxx soon too and that Black Ice.. The A hurting for some real..
You should learn how to speak English before running your mouth...........fo realz bro!
Let me guess, you have heard of Cee Lo right! He was in Goodie Mob. (Troll Ed 101)
How the hell did I miss Goodie M.O.B. reuniting for an album? And new Outkast in the works...?? I can get excited about hip-hop again!
Its good to hear that Outkast is back at it. I guess they are tired of all the clowns out here putting out trash. That would light a fire in me to put out some real music too. Thank you Outkast! We miss you.
Even Outcast isnt as FIRSTY! AS ME!!!!!!
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