This summer will make six years since diamond-selling rap duo Outkast released their last album, Idlewild, which debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 196,000 copies in its first week. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA. If you’re expecting a new album from Outkast anytime soon, fans will have to wait a little longer. In a recent interview with GQ, André 3000 says there is no plans for an Outkast album. He also revealed that he’ll be working on his new solo album this year, and explains his excitement for the new artists. Below are some excerpts:
GQ: A new ‘Kast album!
Andre 3000: There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album. There’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists. I’ve been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, “Hey, Andre, we want you on this song.” So I’ve been taking those calls and for the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don’t know if or when that will happen.
GQ: What’s the new solo album going to be like?
Andre 3000: The only thing I can really say is I’m going to get back to having fun because that’s what it was all about when I started this in high school—with OutKast—those were like high school dreams. I’m 36 now, so I have grown-man dreams. This album will just be me being myself as normal.
GQ: Expectations for your next album couldn’t be higher. What are you most afraid of?
Andre 3000: The biggest fear is me thinking about it too much—and that’s why I’m just trying to catch the energy just like I’ve done before. What you all have heard before, I was not thinking, I was just going on cruise control. I was just going at it like any artist. When you look at the Wayne, when you look at the Kanye… I can tell when an artist is in the zone because they’re not thinking and that’s when you’re at your best. So I’m just hoping, at this point, I don’t let my history get in front of my future. You know what I mean?
Read 3 stacks entire interview with GQ here.
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Rapper Young Jeezy is busy in NYC promoting his new album Thug Motivation 103: Hustlaz Ambition. Earlier in the week, the Atlanta native appeared on 106 & Park, stopped by radio stations Hot 97 and Power 105.1 and held an album release party at the Gramercy Theatre. In an interview with Vibe, Jeezy talked about working with Jill Scott, Andre 3000 and Jay-Z. Below are some excerpts:
On working with Jill Scott for his song “Trapped.”
“Jill wrote that. I hit Jill up and I sent her a record and she was like ‘nah I’m cool’ and she’s like give me a week or two and I’ll come up with some shit and send it to,” Jeezy tells VIBE. “She sent it to me on another beat that one of her guys did with some producers she was dealing with, and we couldn’t really get the business together, so I went and reached out to J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and got her vocals and we built the song all over again, and I just gave everything I had.”
“You know that record to me is like a day in the life — you know matter of fact that’s my life summed up in a couple of verse — I feel like this record is special, it’s going to touch mothers and sisters and aunties and things like that because those are the strong people in our community, like that record my mother hasn’t heard that record yet. But when she hears it she’s probably going to be in tears because she’s going to know everything I said was true, and then she’s going to feel like I didn’t forget it because that’s what I use for my hustler’s ambition. That’s what I fuel off, the fact that I went through all that.”
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Singer Chris Brown just released the official remix to “Deuces” Ft Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous and Andre 3000. “Deuces” is currently #1 on R&B charts. The song is off of Chris Brown’s and Tyga’s Fan Of A Fan mixtape. “Deuces” is averaging about 4,285 spins per week.
Are you guys tired of Drake’s dry water down flow? To be honest, with the exception of Fab’s and T.I.’s verses, I’m not really feeling this remix.
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Big Boi’s solo album Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty will be in stores and online July 6th, via Def Jam. The album features appearances from T.I., Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monáe, George Clinton, Too $hort, B.o.B, and Yelawolf. and more. If you guys still didn’t realize that someone is missing from the album, I will tell you who. Big Boi’s partner André 3000 is missing; Jive Records stopped him from appearing on the album. They didn’t clear the record. Peep the official tracklisting and album cover below.
1. Feel Me (Intro)
2. Daddy Fat Sax
3. Turns Me On feat. Sleepy Brown & Joi
4. Follow Us feat. Vonnegutt
5. Shutterbugg feat. Cutty
6. General Patton
7. Tangerine feat. T.I. & Khujo Goodie
8. You Ain’t No DJ feat. Yelawolf
9. Hustle Blood feat. Jamie Foxx
10. Be Still feat. Janelle Monáe
11. Fo Yo Sorrows feat. George Clinton, Too Short & Sam Chris
12. Night Night feat. B.o.B & Joi
13. Shine Blockas feat. Gucci Mane
14. The Train Pt. 2 (Sir Lucious Left Foot Saves The Day) feat. Sam Chris
15. Back Up Plan