Andre 3000: No reunion for Outkast
Published 16/01/2013 | 12:30
There had been speculation that the Grammy-winning hip-hop duo, who have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2007, have reunited after Andre 3000 (Benjamin) and Outkast bandmate Antwan ' Big Boi' Patton appeared on two new tracks - a remix of Frank Ocean's Pink Matter and a remix of rapper TI's Sorry.
Andre insisted that he made his cameo as a solo artist, telling Spin: "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 ( TI).
"I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi's name came up."
The 37-year-old added: "I never want to mislead our audience - I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations.
"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."
Big Boi tweeted: "[He] didn't want an OutKast Record Coming out on anybody else's LP."
Since the release of Outkast's last album, 2006's Idlewild, both Andre and Big Boi have focused on their solo careers although they have appeared on records together.