For fans who hoped that Frank Ocean‘s remix of “Pink Matter” featuring verses from Outkast rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi signified a reunion, their dreams have been dashed once more. The enigmatic 3 Stacks said that the recent pairing of with his longtime rap partner does not mean the legendary group has reunited. The “Hey Ya!” rapper sent an exclusive statement to SPIN to effectively squash all rumors that the legendary Atlanta-based duo were at least on on the heels of making a triumphant return.
Andre 3000′s statement via 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 & Tip. I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi’s name came up.
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 T.I. 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.
While his frustrations are certainly valid, it appears that if an Outkast reunion were to happen it would be Andre 3000 with the final say.
Is Stacks holding the Outkast brand hostage? If you were Big Boi, would you have any gripes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments?