By: Taren Vaughan
Is a Big Boi and Andre 3000 beef the real reason why we haven’t heard new music from Outkast? Outkast is without a doubt one of the greatest rap groups of all time. The southern Hip-Hop duo broke out in the early 90’s and continued to drop classic tracks that still to this day continue to get play on the radio. And when it came to the songs that they made, it was almost certain that these brothers spit some real knowledge in their rhymes, leaving listeners with a message to think about. Not to mention that they made some unique wardrobe changes over their career too, setting them apart even further from the rest who were unwilling to branch too far out from the norms of Hip-Hop. As Outkast held it down as a unit for many years in the music industry, both Big Boi and Andre 3000 went on to take on solo projects, eventually leading people to think that the days of Outkast were done for good. Rumors of the two being locked into a beef started to go around too. Big Boi previously addressed the rumors about there being a Big Boi and Andre 3000 beef, denying that there were any problems between him and Dre.
So if there is no beef, why haven’t there been any Big Boi Andre 3000 collaborations going on?
According to Big Boi, he was ready to put down some tracks with Andre 3000. But Dre is “too busy” to get into the studio with him, saying that his focus is on other things Big Boi reveals:
“No, that’s all cleared up now. He could’ve been on any song he wanted to. I gave the motherf*cker about five songs, but I guess he was just too busy,” Big Boi said when asked about Laface Records not authorizing an Andre 3000 collaboration. “He said he had to do some Gillette sh*t [room erupts in laughter]. No for real. He said he had some contractual obligations.” (Village Voice)
There may not be a beef going on between Big Boi and Andre 3000. But it’s obvious that they are not on the same page, as Andre is dedicating his time elsewhere.
However, some are suggesting Andre 3000’s interest in another Outkast album just isn’t there.