Earlier this week, a remix of Frank Ocean track ‘Pink Matter’ appeared online. The track gained much attention because in addition to Andre 3000′s guest appearance from the original was an extra verse by his Outkast bandmate Big Boi. Add to this a tweet from Big Boi himself saying that he was about to do the same to another Andre 3000-featuring track, TI’s ‘Sorry’, and the internet started shouting about an Outkast reunion.
But it is not a reunion. They’re not even collaborations. They’re just things. So says Andre 3000, who told 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 and TI. I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi’s name came up”.
He continued: “I never want to mislead our audience – I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations. I discussed this rationale with Big, Frank and TI and everyone agreed. 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”.
So, here you go, have a listen to Andre 3000 and Big Boi, but certainly not Outkast: