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.