Andre 3000 and Big Boi may not be joined under the moniker Outkast at the moment. But outside of the studio, the rap duo remains as close as ever, according to Big Boi.
Hope of a long-awaited Outkast reunion resurged when Big Boi laid a verse over Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter,” and T.I.’s “Sorry” -- records that originally feature Andre 3000. Dashing the rumors, however, Three Stacks recently released a statement about his rap partner's appearances, saying, "I never want to mislead our audience."
In an interview conducted in December, prior to Andre's statement, Big Boi told VIBE, “Outkast has never broken up. Never, never." He reaffirmed that the pair remain thick as thieves while maintaining their relationship outside the public eye.
"Our kids play together. My kids go to his mom's house for the summer. They stay the night at Uncle Dre's house," says Big Boi. "We have real personal time with our families. We’ve been in the public eye for so long, people just don’t understand. He comes over with his dad, we watch football and shoot pool. Antwaun and Andre’s relationship ain’t based in the public eye like that."
Big Boi also relayed that both he and Dre want to continue to pursue their individual musical goals.
"You don’t have to explain yourself to these muh’fuckas, but I’m the one they always see, so I’m the one they always ask," says Big Boi. "Now, I don’t even answer any Outkast questions. Until y'all see us sitting together, don’t ask me about no Outkast. Only so many times you can say, 'Ain’t nothing wrong.'"
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