January 15, 2013 16:13
Andre 3000 speaks out to clarify stance on OutKast reunion tracks
Andre 3000 and Big Boi recently appeared together on Frank Ocean, TI remixes
Andre 3000 has spoken out to clarify his stance on two recent tracks which have seen him appear alongside fellow Outkast member Big Boi.
Big Boi has recently revealed his guest verse on the remix of Frank Ocean's 'Pink Matter' as well as confirming a forthcoming appearance on a track by rapper TI. 'Pink Matter', which appears on Ocean's critically acclaimed album 'Channel Orange', already features Andre 3000 on the original. Posting on Twitter, Big Boi stated that Ocean had originally wanted both rappers to appear on the original but that Andre 3000 ruled it out. "[He] didn’t want an OutKast Record Coming out on anybody else's LP," he tweeted.
Big Boi later revealed that he will also appear on another track with Andre 3000 later in the year, this time a remix to TI track 'Sorry'.
Many sources billed these tracks as a reunion for OutKast, however Andre 3000 gave an official statement to Spin stating that he only ever appeared on both tracks as a solo artist.
"It's important for me to be clear about the origins of my contributions to 'Pink Matter' and 'Sorry.' I was approached as a solo artist by both Frank Ocean & Tip. I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi's name came up."
He added: "I never want to mislead our audience - I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations. I discussed this rationale with Big, Frank and T.I. and everyone agreed. That is why I was surprised to read about these remixes. I understand that anyone can put out an unofficial remix to any song but I have an obligation to be honest with fans about what this is … and what it isn't."
OutKast last released an official studio album in 2006 however, both Big Boi and Andre 3000 have appeared on records together since, first with 2008 track 'Royal Flush', which also featured Raekwon, then 'Lookin For Ya' in 2010.
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