Earlier today, OutKast rapper Big Boi announced his third solo album, Boomiverse. The album is set to include guests like Killer Mike, Jeezy, and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, all of whom are included on singles releasing tomorrow. However, there is one feature fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for: Andre 3000.
While Big Boi’s first two solo albums were met with critical acclaim. However, his partner-in-crime’s absence from both was certainly a glaring omission. Interestingly, three collaborations with Three Stacks were in fact recorded for Sir Luscious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty, Big’s solo debut, but ultimately vetoed by his former label due to him deciding to release the project via Def Jam.
In the case of 2012’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours, a bizarre turn of events originating from Andre’s campaign with Gillette lead to his inability to appear on his other half’s sophomore effort.
“He could’ve been on any song he wanted to. I gave the motherfucker about five songs, but I guess he was just too busy,” Big Boi passive-agressively detailed during an interview with Village Voice. “He said he had to do some Gillette shit.He said that he had some contractual obligations.”
With both rappers on the same label once again (Epic Records), and Andre 3000 seeming relatively studio-heavy these days, could this finally mean we see a long-awaited OutKast reunion? Guess again…
In an interview with HipHopDX at Coachella, Big Boi’s fellow Big Grams bandmate Josh Carter was questioned about whether or not 3000 could potentially appear on a future project from the supergroup, dropping the following answer:
“As far as what Big has told me, they don’t want to do anything together unless it’s considered OutKast”
This seems to reign to from past examples as well. In Early 2013, Big Boi hopped on a remix of Frank Ocean and Andre’s “Pink Matter”.Many were quick to dub the track as the OutKast reunion we’ve all longed so dearly. However, days after the track’s release 3000 came out of the woodwork to denounce the remix as anything official in terms of the two reuniting.
Of course, 3 Stacks has been working on his own solo debut for close to a decade. Could 2016 being the year in which he dropped his most guest verses be a sign of progress?
In any case, Big Boi solo records are always a treat. He serves as one of the few rappers with over 20 years in the game who continues to constantly develop and elevate his craft. In terms of a potential Andre guest appearance? Let’s hope for the best, but expect the worst…