André 3000 Speaks on Big Boi’s “Pink Matter” Remix


When Big Boi jumped on the remix to Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter,” a song that already featured André 3000, many called it an Outkast reunion. Worried that fans are being misled, André 3000 issued a statement to Spin:

“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.

At the risk of reading to deeply into things, André seems a little frustrated over Big Boi’s decisions. It’s understandable that he’d want to protect the Outkast brand, but it’s also starting to look like he doesn’t have much faith in Big Boi.

  • Rob Z

    Interesting. I hope Big Boi responds to this.

  • Agbeast

    Hey Andrea…no one cares I am a huge fan of all four artist and I think feel like I am due this half assed explanation.

  • konrad

    I’m really hoping their no beef between them and an Outkast album does come sooner rather than later

  • Andre (PayUp)

    I understand where he is coming from as I am certain that the overall brand of OutKast is very dear to him. But I think he’s overlooking the fact that the internet has been dying to hear the duo on a track together for ages and it WILL be dubbed an OutKast feature whether or not he likes it.

    This also is adding to the conception that he doesn’t really wanted to be associated with Big Boi right now. While that may not be the case, it surely seems that way.

  • Kameron

    Andre’s reaction isn’t surprising. He previously mentioned that he didn’t want an OutKast reunion on someone else’s song and then Big Boi “created” one without his input. I’d love to hear new OutKast music as much as the next guy but it will only work if they both want to be involved.

  • dannyF

    Andre3000 is being a biotch, not jumping on Big Boi’s album bc he’s “too busy,” doing questionable commercials, now this. C’mon mannn

  • Devin Middleton

    I understand him. Andre is very much about the art form, which is why he cares so much about how its presented. The fact that he still cares about how the Outkast tag is presented, shows he still cares about working with Big Boi and the legacy they have created.

  • Devan

    At the end of the day if I see Big Boi and Andre 3000 on a track together I’m going to say it’s Outkast.

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