It’s been 6 years since we last heard a full project from Atlanta Hip-Hop duo OutKast. As you can imagine, fans have been clamoring for new material, especially from the ultra-elusive Andre “3000” Benjamin. In 2011, he answered in the form of a few features… one on Chris Brown‘s Deuces Remix, another on Ke$ha‘s “Sleazy” Remix, and of course on Beyonce’s #1 hit “Party”. Of course, that wasn’t enough, but never fear. In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Andre revealed plans for a new solo LP, and a resurgence of his quirky fashion line Benjamin Bixby:
GQ: You’re a spokesman for Gillette now. How did that partnership come together?
Andre 3000: Gillette is getting into a space where guys are now, where guys are wearing more hair on their faces. If you watch the history of Gillette, they pretty much stayed on the path of the clean-shaven guy. This is the first time in their history, in like 110 years, that they’ve ever had guys in ads with hair on their faces. It’s a changing of the times and it says a lot about Gillette; they’re kind of moving with fashion.
GQ: I dig it. And you’re resurrecting your clothing line, Benjamin Bixby?
Andre 3000: Yes! But it will just be named Bixby this time. It’s going to be real exciting, I can’t say too much about it, but I can say this year and next year there’s going to be a lot of cool things coming from me fashion-wise. Bixby is one of them. Also musically, sound-wise, and fashion. You’ll see a lot of releases.
GQ: So does that mean we can expect to hear the album we’ve all be waiting on?
Andre 3000: It depends on which album you’re talking about.
GQ: A new ‘Kast album!
Andre 3000: 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. 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.
Read the full article to find out what his full project will sound like, plus he finally lays to rest one of the most infamous misquotes in hip-hop history: Hollywood Cole or Hollywood Court?