OutKast is set to reunite at this year’s Coachella music festival. The reunion has been a point of discussion since 2006, when the duo released its most recent album, Idlewild. Since then, OutKast has remained in the headlines due to speculation of a new album, Big Boi’s two solo albums and Andre 3000’s guest appearances on albums from T.I., Rick Ross and Frank Ocean, among others. Here’s a look back at the most-read OutKast news stories on HipHopDX since 2006. 

Andre 3000 Speaks on Outkast, Other Projects (2007)

In July 2007, Andre 3000 spoke with MTV about the prospects of an OutKast album. “Big Boi is working on a solo album right now,” Andre 3000 said at the time. “I’m working on a solo album as well because of all the remix work that’s been coming out. After we do those solo albums, we’re planning on doing another Outkast album. I don’t know how long that’s gonna be. It could be two years” 

OutKast To Release New Album In 2012 Following Solo LPs Due In 2011 (2011)

In July 2011, HipHopWired reported that Andre 3000 and Big Boi were set to release new albums by the end of the year. The publication also reported that the duo would release an album the following year. “OutKast is on track to release a new album by early next year,” an industry source told the site at the time. “Both Dre and Big are working on solo projects. They want those out by the end of 2011.” 

OutKast Reportedly Headed To Epic Record For Group Deal (2011)

In September 2011, OutKast was rumored to be headed to Epic Records for a group deal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “L.A. Reid has been busy erasing the company’s tarnished image and rebuilding its roster, which will soon include Outkast and Ciara, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter,” The Hollywood Reporter said at the time. “Reid has a long history with both acts, who were originally signed to his LaFace Records.” 

Andre 3000 Dismisses OutKast Reunion Album Rumors (2012)

In February 2012, Andre 3000 put an end to OutKast reunion album discussions. “There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an Outkast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album,” Andre 3000 said to GQ at the time. “There’s a lot of music on the horizon. I’ve been living off the excitement of new artists. I’ve been privileged to have these new artists kind of reach out and grab back and say, ‘Hey, Andre, we want you on this song.’ So I’ve been taking those calls and for the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. So these new artists have kind of been keeping me alive. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project. I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year. As far as OutKast, I really don’t know if or when that will happen.” 

Additional OutKast Stories Of Note (Since 2006) 

OutKast & Organized Noize Reveal New Details About “Aquemini”

– Big Boi Plans 3 OutKast Albums, More Acting Roles

– Killer Mike Talks Underground Atlanta, And OutKast

– Big Boi Won’t Answer More OutKast Questions, Says There’s No Beef With Andre 3000

– Big Boi Talks New Solo Album, Updates On OutKast

– Big Boi Says Cee Lo Green Was Almost In OutKast

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