A brand-new song with both Andre 3000 and Big Boi on it… that’s gotta be the long-awaited Outkast reunion we’ve been hoping for, right?
Not so fast.
Big Boi just released a remix of Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter,” and he drops a verse in the song (which you can listen to here). Andre 3000 also has a verse in the remix, because he was on the original song. The two verses even bump into each other in Big Boi’s remix, giving the impression that it’s an Outkast track.
Andre 3000 wants you to know that, despite the fact that he and Big Boi appear to be back together, the “Pink Matter” remix is not an Outkast song. In this official statement, issued via Spin, Andre even sounds a bit pissed off that Big Boi would risk misleading Outkast fans:
“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.”
The other song Andre 3000 refers to in that statement is T.I.’s “Sorry,” a song that we’ll soon see a Big Boi remix for. It sounds like Andre 3000 is trying to preempt the next round of inevitable claims that the song represents an Outkast reunion.
Frankly, the tone of Andre 3000’s statement makes it sound like he has no plans to ever get back together with Big Boi — and that sucks.