The erstwhile Outkaster is polite but peeved about Big Boi’s remixed reunions.
In a statement to Spin, André clarifies the process behind the recent remix of Frank Ocean’s ‘Pink Matter’ and forthcoming version of T.I.’s ‘Sorry’, two songs that originally featured him and now include verses by Big Boi, as well.
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 statement isn’t a total surprise, but it’s interesting to hear André officially shoot down the idea of these songs as collaborations or reunions (especially since the remix of ‘Pink Matter’ was so disjointed and unnecessary).
This statement is definitely in line with his continued, noncommittal stance on the future of Outkast. In an interview last year, André told Billboard: “I’m not the type that prescribes to nostalgia, and most people say they want an OutKast album because they used to love it. Y’all don’t even know if y’all still love it. You just know you used to love it. But you may not like it now, who knows?”