OutKast Rumored to be Working on New Album
Despite reports from the Atlanta-based hip-hop act themselves that an album isn’t in the works, OutKast may be putting together new material, according to a statement from former manager Queen Latifah.
The actress/singer/rapper went on The Howard Stern Show this week and ended up revealing the details on a very basic level. Although she no longer manages the duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi, she said: "They're chilling, they're doing their thing. They're doing movies and they're about to work on a new album. I don't manage them anymore."
Right now, she explained, both have already started work, but there’s no word when the album may be scheduled to drop. The release would be a follow-up to Idlewild, the last of six studio albums OutKast put out between 1994 and 2006.
The news, however, doesn’t entirely come as a surprise. At the end of 2013, OutKast announced plans to do a 40-date tour of festivals, which will include Coachella 2014 and the Governors Ball in New York. Scheduling a new album around a tour makes sense, so we’ll see what happens.
It’s not as if Andre 3000 and Big Boi left the music game for good nearly eight years ago. The latter put out two solo releases, while OutKast appeared as a guest artist on T.I.’s “Sorry” and Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter.” At the time of these collaborations, Andre 3000 explained in a GQ interview that the two have no other plans to record.
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