Andre 3000 reveals his true thoughts on this year's OutKast reunion in a new interview, saying that he didn't really want to go on tour.
One of the biggest draws at most music festivals this summer was the reunion of OutKast, the game-changing ATL duo who hadn't performed together in a decade. When watching their inaugural performance at Coachella last April though, many fans (myself included) noticed that Andre 3000 didn't appear to be having much fun. While his reluctance seemed to diminish in later performances, the rapper/singer has now been quoted saying that he didn't "wanna do the tour," and that it made him feel like a "sell-out."
Speaking to electronic musician Nicolas Jaar (of all people) for The FADER, Three Stacks reveals that the tour was mostly Big Boi's idea and that he wasn't too happy about the whole thing. Read excerpts below.
On his jumpsuits:
"Honestly, just, you know—I didn't wanna do the tour. We hadn't performed in 10 years. It was old songs. I'm like, How am I gonna present these songs? I don't have nothing new to say. So I was like, maybe I can start saying new stuff while doing these old songs. It became a theme where I was more excited about this than the actual show. This is fun, running out in these."
On the whole tour:
"I felt weird about going out on stage and doing it again. I felt like people would be like, 'Y'all are doing all these festivals, y'all are just doing it for money,' and I felt like a sell-out, honestly. So I was like, if I'm in on the joke, I'll feel cool about it."
"It was a decision," he continued. "I'm 39, I got a 17-year-old kid, and I gotta support certain things. And my partner Big Boi is like, 'This is a great thing for all of us.' So I felt like there was a certain sell-out in a way, because I didn't wanna do it—I knew I was doing it for a reason. So maybe if I'm telling people, 'I am selling out,' then it's not as bad as pretending. It's being honest about it like, 'Shit, I did these songs when I was 17 and I'm out here pedaling them now.' But it's the honest thing, that's what it is."