The newly released "Pink Matter (remix)" by Frank Ocean that now features Big Boi, sparked a major buzz that an unofficial reunion of the iconic rap duo Outkast was coming.
The album version of "Pink Matter," which originally featured Andre 3000, did not feature Big Boi. So when the remix was released, many believed the reunion was in full effect. But Andre 3000 has publicly dispelled such rumors and the news should come as no surprise.
Back in July Big Boi explained in a tweet why "Pink Matter (remix)" wasn’t featured on Frank Ocean’s album, saying "Dre didn’t want an Outkast Record coming out on anybody else LP."
Additionally, rapper T.I. and Andre 3000 released a song on T.I.’s comeback album Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head together titled "Sorry," which was re-released with a verse from Big Boi. And while these singles continue to excite Outkast fans, Three Stacks announced these collaborations do not represent an Outkast reunion.
In a statement released by Spin, Andre 3000 said:
"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," he clarified.
"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," he continued.
"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," he said.
Reunion or not, the new releases are dope.
Fans will have to keep hopes high for a real Outkast reunion in the future.