Has OutKast‘s hiatus come to an end?
Andre 3000 and Big Boi are currently in talks to reform their iconic duo for next year’s Coachella Music Festival, Billboard reports.
Before you get too excited, sources close to the situation have given mixed signals to the press. One source is claiming it’s “all systems go” for the pair to end their hiatus, while others are only willing to confirm that ‘conversations have taken place.’
However, for what it’s worth, both OutKast and their current record label are usually quick to squash any reunion rumors. However, on this occasion that have been slow to comment and still haven’t offered an official statement. Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella, has also remained quiet. The pair are said to be reuniting for Coachella 2014, which kicks off on April 11, before embarking on a special tour across major U.S. festivals in 2014.
It’s worth noting that OutKast never broke up, they just went on hiatus. In 2012, Andre 3000 commented that he gets frustrated when people suggest OutKast has broken up, telling Fader: “When I hear things on the Internet that Outkast is over, I think, that’s a shame. Because I don’t have the power to stop Outkast, you know? I didn’t start Outkast by myself. I don’t have the power to stop Outkast.
“We’re not on the roster or on a schedule with a label to put out an Outkast album. I can’t say if or when we will, but I’m going to be in Outkast forever in some kind of way.” Andre said in 2012.
Andre Benjamin (“Andre 3000”) and Antwan Patton (“Big Boi”) were high school students when they formed OutKast in 1992. The pair released their first album ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’ in 1994 under the infamous LaFace records, which started the duo’s rise to become one of the most respected and successful hip-hop groups of all time. Their most successful album, double-album ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below,’ received wide critical acclaim and spurred two number one singles: “Hey Ya!” and “The Way You Move” before picking up a Grammy for ‘Album of the Year’ in 2004. Much of the group’s praise comes from the highly experimental nature of their music, and their endless willingness to fuse different styles and genres into their music.
The group has been on hiatus since 2007, but since then both Andre and Antwan have amassed a significant number of production credits between then. After the hiatus, Big Boi released two solo records and Andre 3000 made guest appearances on songs by Drake and B.o.B, alongside a few appearances in Hollywood flicks like Four Brothers and Scary Movie 4. He also starred as Jimi Hendrix in the guitar legend’s biopic All Is by My Side.
Watch the music video for “Roses” by OutKast below: