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Outkast is Not Breaking Up

Published August 21, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Universal Pictures.
Idlewild Outkast in Idlewild
Outkast is still together. Idlewild is not their farewell project. They put all the rumors to rest, albeit vaguely, when they promoted their new movie as a duo.

Outkast Talk with Idlewild


“As far as the future of Outkast, we’re really not saying what we’re going to do next,” said Andre 3000. “We’re concentrating on what we’re doing now, which is the Idlewild movie and the Idlewild soundtrack. As far as the rumors, I guess you’ve got to say that we’ve been doing it for 12 or 13 years, we ain’t shot nobody, we ain’t killed nobody, we ain’t slapped nobody, we didn’t go to jail, we ain’t sleepin’ with Paris Hilton, so what can you talk about? And, when people say, ‘Well, Andre, he’s not going on tour,’ or ‘Andre don’t want to be on a record label,’ or ‘He don’t want to be in the music business, as far as a label,’ those decisions make people say, ‘Well, him and Big Boi are drifting apart.’ But, really, that’s a personal choice and we both, definitely, understand it. So, we most definitely are not breaking up or drifting. We’re grown men now. We don’t hang out the same. We hang out, but we don’t hang out every day, like we used to. We don’t live in the same house, like we used to. It’s kind of like your brother. You grew up with him and now y’all gotta go and get your own house, and you got your own family. You’ve got kids. I’ve got my son. It’s a new game, but we still trip out like it’s 10th grade.”

Big Boi concurred. “That’s one thing that a lot of people just don’t know. Sometimes, for a minute, we’d get mad and be like, ‘Man, what the f*ck are they saying?’ Somebody would come and interview us and just really try to paint their own picture. The whole time they’re interviewing us, we’re talking and laughing and talking about shit that happened to us, back when we were 17 or 18, and they go back and write the story like, ‘Well, he was so distant and he was not really talking to him and I think he was drinking a Pepsi and he wanted the Coca Cola.’ It would be some dumb sh*t, and we’d just be like, ‘Man, how can they do that?’ They take things you say and try to take it out of context, like ‘Well, maybe Dre’s mad because Big Boi’s married.’ Just stupid stuff. But, we’ve been saying for years, it’s about the music. Our personal lives are our personal lives. Us, as far as individuals, the brotherhood we have, we had the brainchild Outkast. We made that idea, and that principle has never left us. We created this, and nothing music or movies do can break this up. That’s my dog, for life.”



And the fact that their last album was basically two separate solo projects was a one time experiment. “We was trying to help you out, so that y’all could identify with what was goin’ on,” said Big Boi. “It’s almost like if you’ve got a frog and you dissect him down the middle. After you have done 6 or 7 records, you go, ‘Okay, let’s do something fun.’ ‘Okay, Big, you take your whole idea and you run with it.’ ‘Alright, Dre, let’s run with it.’ But, we’re still making songs together. [The soundtrack is] one album, 19 songs. It’s like a double CD again, but all on one record. And, yes, we are on about five or six songs together. Yes, Dre’s rapping on a lot of different songs.”

Idlewild opens to theatres on August 25th.

For the clips, trailer, poster, stills and more movie info, go to the Idlewild Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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