About a year ago, there was all sorts of Outkast album talk when Gucci Mane claimed he had been in the studio with the duo.
But it turns out Gucci mispoke and he was just working on something for Big Boi's solo album.
In an interview this summer, Andre 3000 suggested that Outkast was done for good.
It’s really just an excitement thing, and where I am in life. I kind of like not being a part of [rap], now that I’ve done it,” he told Complex. "Now it’s more like a hobby for me, so I don’t think about it in that way. Even with Outkast — if we never do another album, I’m totally fine with that. When I was 25, I said I don’t want to be a 30-year-old rapper. I’m 42 now, and I feel more and more that way. Do I really want to be 50 years old up there doing that? When I watch other rappers that are my age I commend them, but I just wonder where the inspiration is coming from. At this stage I’m really more focused on what I am going to be doing 10 years from now. And I hope to God it won’t be rapping.”
That sounds like no more Outkast. But in a new interview with myAJC Big Boi sounds like he's still holding out hope.
What do you think the chances are that Andre 3000 and Big Boi dip into their magical formula again?
"I’ve always said, whenever ‘Dre is ready, I’m always ready. Right now he’s focusing on different things, and we respect that as a brotherhood. We text each other every other day. That’s my brother. We’ve done everything there is to do in music. We won the highest prize, we sold the most records. We started when we were 17 years old — let the man breathe a little bit," he said.
[Related: Andre 3000's reps deny there is a new Outkast album.]