Withdrawn from Atlanta’s upper- hip-hop echelon, its been nearly ten years since a proper OutKast release. Allegedly due to creative differences, unwanted fame, etc. MCs Big Boi and André 3000 have not been featured on the same track since 2006’s “Idlewild” soundtrack. For millions of fans, their individual solo work has provided somewhat of an adequate ‘fix,’ but alas, paling in comparison to the group’s beloved ‘Aquemini’ or ‘Stankonia’ albums.
Luckily for fans however, the apparent beef between the two former collaborators seems to be fading. André 3000, continuing in his style of guesting on tracks by other artists is featured on the new “Sorry,” a song which will appear on fellow ‘ATL-ien’ T.I.’s forthcoming “Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head” album:
“This the type of shit that’ll make you call your rap partner and say ‘I’m sorry I’m awkward, my fault for fucking up the tours,” says André. In his verse, André expresses: “I hate all the attention so I ran from it / Fuck it if we did, but I hope we didn’t lose no fans from it.”
Clearly, André seems apologetic to his partner Big Boi for perhaps stifling the group’s full potential by shying away from public attention.
As one of the most crucial southern rap groups, winning numerous Grammy Awards, as well as other accreditations throughout their career, OutKast seemed to abruptly diminish from their ‘top of the world’-like social status. It’s hard to not smile when someone references André’s classic ‘Shake it like a Polaroid picture’ line from the group’s double-solo album (one full-length by each member, Big Boi and André 3000, respectively) ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” release in 2004.
This may allude to the group getting back into the studio together, though in their absence, we’ll have their solo material. Big Boi’s highly-anticipated “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” has already dropped a few singles, prior to its December 1st release.