OutKast film nears completion

The band are also planning a Rosa Parks tribute

Outkast’s long-awaited debut film ‘Idlewild’ is nearing completion, their manager has said.

Blue Williams has revealed that he is letting the rap duo create at their own pace, explaining the delay in the release of the movie.

“You gotta let creative be creative, that’s what it is,” he said. “It ain’t always when I want it. What it comes down to is, even when I’m ready to hit people with the wham-wham, the guys gotta be ready. I might be sitting there with the ill marketing — ‘We gonna do this, this and this’ — (but) if they ain’t ready, they ain’t ready.”

Williams explained that the band have about a week to finish the recording of the soundtrack to the film, but that they have chosen their first single and plan to shoot a video in the near future.

A new Outkast record, ‘Rats And Roaches’, hit the radio last year and some though it would be the first single. However, Williams insists that the track is an old recording that the group did with production team Organized Noize a while ago.

The first song to be lifted from the ‘Idlewild’ soundtrack is likely to be ‘Train’ – a solo offering from Big Boi – despite rumours that ‘Idlewild Blues’ would be the fans’ chance to the hear a glimpse of the LP.

Williams told MTV News: “It looks like we’re gonna start off with a new single that Big has, just to get the ball rolling. (The album) is still coming together. I’m letting them live. I don’t know what’s what yet.”

The ‘Idlewild’ soundtrack is due to come out in the US on Valentine’s Day (February 14), and the movie following on March 10, but the band’s manager is not worried about the lack of time, or competition.

“There’s not a lot of dopeness out there – ain’t nobody coming and blazing it through,” he said. “And we don’t need 18 weeks of set-up. For us it’s just, ‘Let’s get it out there, let’s get the movie out.’ The proof is in the pudding. All I gotta do is let people know the date (the album is coming out). Our fans will find it. We’ve got core fans and once we tell them the date, they gonna get it.”

Following the soundtrack, Outkast’s Big Boi said last year that he and bandmate Andre 3000 would be releasing a new studio album called ‘The Hard Ten’. However, Williams has said that nothing has been confirmed.

He explained: “I think that was the original name for it, but I don’t know when it’s coming. As soon as they drop an album and everyone gets an opinion of it, they get the urge to go in (the studio) and do (another) one right away. Sometimes they’ll be like, ‘We gotta reload up.’ I don’t know what it will be this time.”

“I think after your fourth and fifth album, it starts to feel like a job, too,” he added. “Sometimes you gotta do other things. Like how Dre enjoys acting and it’s fun and fresh to him, I think Big Boi feels the same way about Purple Ribbon Records. I think fresh things give us fresh perspectives to come back and do what we do, but there’s no timetable on that (album).”

Williams also revealed that another project Outkast are looking at is to make a tribute record to the late influential human rights icon, Rosa Parks.

The group are also planning a TV special in honour of Parks, with their manager saying: “We’re trying to do a tribute special for her and get a lot of entertainers involved. Then turn the special into a DVD we can put in the schools and let teachers have it to show kids. It’ll be performances, people speaking on there, a history montage. A nice special that would give her just do especially for people who don’t know what she did.”

“I thought it would be a great way to show we always had good intentions,” he added.

Parks passed away in October last year at the age of 92 and had sued Outkast over the use of her name on the band’s 1998 ‘Aquemini’ album for defamation and trademark infringement because they did not ask permission to use her name.

The group were protected under the First Amendment, but a second suit, this time directed towards the duo’s record label, was launched later by her lawyers.

Talking about the tribute project, Williams said: “It was my idea to figure out how we could ensure that everyone always understood we always had good intentions towards Ms Parks.”