Big Boi made headlines recently when he jokingly said the reason Andre 3000 wasn’t on his new album, Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors, was because Dre was doing “some Gillette s*it.” Well Big wants to clear the air just to make sure fans know he and his OutKast partner are still cool.
In a new Q&A with Hip Hop DX, Big Boi reiterated the fact that he and his OutKast other half get along just fine.
DX: 3000 revealed to Spin that there was an earlier Soul-influenced version of Vicious Lies that he encouraged you to set to the side. Is that true?
Big Boi: Actually, it was [just] as far as the title. He was just like, “Soul Funk Crusader just sounds kinda like old school.” He was like, “Just the title alone, people might think it’s gonna be old.” And the music that I was making [was futuristic]. ‘Cause it’s actually the same songs [that he heard], but the title of the album might’ve gave people a different notion of what it was. He was like, “This don’t sound like Soul-Funk, it doesn’t sound like some old Funk, it sound like some of that new-new shit.” And I was like, “Cool.”
But that’s my partner. You know, when we meet behind closed doors – And you get the articles and [it’s] “he said this” and “he said that;” muthaf*ckas taking sh*t outta context; they don’t really know us. That’s my brother. He comes to my house; our kids play together. They play video games and we sit and listen to music and just catch up.
But, that’s out of the public eye. But when you been with a guy since the tenth grade, we don’t have to see each other every day. And we don’t have to make records all of the time; we got a catalog that’s unprecedented. And, when he ready to do a full ‘Kast record together, then that’ll happen. But until then, ain’t no problems or nothing and the music [I make] is still gonna sound out of this world.
DX: Have my [media] predecessors today been jumping on you about that? I got a feeling you had to get that out.
Big Boi: Yeah, man. ‘Cause now our thing is we don’t even discuss Outkast. Until y’all see us sitting in the chair next to each other, we don’t even discuss it.