Andre 3000 has been featured on collaborations with major artists over the past few years (Frank Ocean, Drake, Beyonce) yet the rapper has still failed to release his own solo material since Outkast went on hiatus in 2006 — meanwhile, Big Boi has dropped two LPs in that time. There was a sliver of hope 3 Stacks would be returning in 2014 after a few reliable tweets and a teaser video of the rapper in the studio with Mike Will Made It emerged. But it was all shut down when Dre’s rep said “there’s no official confirmation” that a solo album would be coming.
So what’s the deal? Apparently his Dungeon Family cohort Cee Lo Green has the answers. The Voice judge and Goodie Mob member explained the situation to MTV Rap Fix: “He just said he had a severe case of stage fright and he’s just kind of been away from the game and didn’t know if he could truly live up (to his reputation).” Green continued, “He just said he was bothered by this bar that had been set and maybe he wants to do something different, and he’ll always be his worst competition, his worst critic and maybe he don’t want to live up to what people think he should do.”
Also sidetracking Andre 3000, at least for now, is his work on the Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side, which is set to premiere this fall. As for new music, we’ll just have to (impatiently) wait and see.