Last Friday, Outkast fans got new hope for a Big Boi/Andre 3000 reunion in the form of a remix of Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter.” Both parts of the duo rap a verse on the track. The song premiered on Elliot Wilson’s East Village radio show and you could almost hear fans rejoicing. But for those who immediately started shaking it like a Polaroid picture: Not so fast.
André 3000 denied rumors that the remix signifies an OuKast reunion. André issued a statement to SPIN, writing, “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.”
André said he was approached to do a verse as a solo contributor, and subsequently, Big Boi’s name came up later. André finished his statement by saying, “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.”
It is reported that Big Boi and André were supposed to be on the original “Pink Matter,” a track on Frank Ocean’s latest album, Channel Orange. The duo has not released an album since Idlewild in 2006.