In the early 2000s, more than a few hip hop heads regarded Outkast as the pokemon-esque evolution of A Tribe Called Quest, a southern-fried leveling-up of the lyrical interplay, musical adventurousness, and laid-back charm that made the Tribe a mainstay in many CD decks.
And then Andre started getting goofy, and Big Boi surpassed him as an emcee in almost every manner possible, and then Andre got into this Prince cosplay thing, and Big Boi just kept grinding; like Tribe, they just sorta stopped one day, leaving fans to get over it on their own, quietly holding out hope they would return to the studio one day, and make that magic one more time. Some thought the release of Big Boi's latest album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors would be that day.
According to an interview with the Village Voice, Big Boi says he reached out to Andre, and got nothing back. In fact, he didn't just reach out:
"Some Gillette shit?" you might be asking, "is this some new slang of the kind Boi is often spitting on his records?"
No, good sir. It's literally some Gillette shit.
So yeah, if Andre won't collaborate with Big Boi because he's too busy making razor commercials? I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that reunion any time soon. Better to just remember the good days, when it was just me and you. Your mama and your cousin too. Rollin down the strip on vogues. Comin up, slammin Cadillac doors.
Speaking of which, a poll!
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