I knew I wasn’t crazy. Watching footage from Outkast’s reunion tour this past summer, something felt off. I know I couldn’t have been the only one to pick up on this. Something about Andre 3000’s energy level just seemed to be lacking. He just looked…preoccupied.
And now the truth about his feelings are coming out.
In a recent interview with The Fader, Andre 3000 explained why he looked like his heart wasn’t exactly in it. That’s because it wasn’t. In fact, Andre told the publication that he didn’t want to do the reunion tour at all.
At Miami’s Art Basel festival, Andre displayed the 47 jumpsuits he wore during Outkast’s Reunion Tour, each of them bearing a sentence. Some funny, some serious. The exhibit was called i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin. SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design was supposed to play a role in Andre’s life back in the day. But things worked out differently.
“I was actually supposed to go to SCAD before I started rapping. I actually draw and paint for real and I was gonna go to art school, and then me and Big Boi started rapping. So that went down the drain,”
If you remember correctly, 3000 wore regular denim overalls on stage for his first performance at Coachella. See what he said about the experience and why he eventually started with the jumpsuits.
“I didn’t start the tour like, Yeah, I’m gonna do all of these suits. My first Coachella show, which was a horrible show, I wore something like [my outfit right now]. I didn’t know what to wear on stage, so it was my overalls.”
“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.”
And then, in addition the catchphrases and platinum blond wig he wore, Andre also attached a tag on one side of the jumpsuits that read “SOLD” to let his fans know how he really felt about stepping on stage again.
“I felt like people would be like, ‘Y’all are doing all these festivals, y’all are just doing it for money,’ he said. “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. 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.“
What do you think about Andre 3000’s comments? For the Outkast fans out there, does it make you think twice about supporting an Outkast reunion?