How Much Longer Do We Have to Wait for an OutKast Album?March 6th, 2012
By Dan Reagans
August 22, 2006, was the last time hip hop fans received a collaborative album from Andre “3000″ Benjamin and Atwan “Big Boi” Patton. It came in the form of Idlewild, a soundtrack album that accompanied a silver screen musical of the same name, from the seminal rap duo OutKast.
As years fall off the calendar and the demand for an OutKast album grows, hip hop fans find themselves in limbo. Although Big Boi put out a solo album Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son Of Chico Dusty in 2010 and is rumored to be working on a follow up, Andre 3000 has still yet to produce his long-awaited solo debut. While fans will rock with a Big Boi release and would love the opportunity to consume a Three Stacks dolo effort, the solo projects seem to only suffice a small fraction of the craving for OutKast music. No other rap duo has come remotely close to reaching the musical standard that the ATLiens set with their diamond-selling 2003 double CD Speakerboxxx / The Love Below, and it seems as if we’ll be waiting much longer than anticipated.
In a recent interview with thefader.com, the group’s reclusive member Andre 3000 made it clear that fans shouldn’t look forward to an upcoming OutKast album anytime soon.
“No, there are not any plans right now. We’re not on the roster or on a schedule with a label to put out an OutKast album,” Dre 3k admitted. “I can’t say if or when we will, but I’m going to be in OutKast forever in some kind of way.”
While this is sure to serve as a crushing blow to the millions of patient ‘Kast fans, this certainly isn’t the first time we’ve waited years for follow ups from game-changing artists such as Lauryn Hill, D’ Angelo, The Fugees, Dr. Dre and countless others. The wait for these projects has made these stars mythical to some degree. Although waiting forever and a day can be an agonizing task, there’s always relief whenever you do hear a new verse or feature from the living legends.
Being selective and opting not to oversaturate the listening public with music can strengthen your brand — quality over quantity. But how long is a reasonable wait time? Of course the build-up of anticipation does put an enormous amount of pressure on artists, but that should be expected, shouldn’t it?
The answer to those questions may differ depending on who you ask. Though creativity doesn’t operate on a set schedule, the prolonging production and the scrutiny that follows can be just as bad as the wait, according to Andre 3000.
“It’s scary when people are just waiting for your next verses. So when I’m writing it’s a scary thing to know that even if I’m saying a verse, I know that people are listening now. At one point in time, I would have more fun when people weren’t listening. You’re always better when people aren’t watching the experiment.”
Three Stacks may have a point that most artists would agree with, but at the end of the day harsh criticism from fans and media will come regardless of whether an album takes 10 days or 10 years to record. It’s part of the game.
So now that Andre has our attention after wowing us with an incomparable body of work, it sounds like he wants us to turn and look away while he cooks up new material. That’s not likely to happen, so why not meet us halfway, Andre? We’ll stop talking about an OutKast album (we’ll act like no one cares), while you actually start working on it. Eyes covered from this point on, we swear we won’t peek, just do the damn thing, already. Please.