Andre 3000 has moved to deny reports that his contributions to Frank Ocean's 'Pink Matter' constitutes an Outkast re-union.
When are Outkast not Outkast? It's a question which has become relevant of late, with both members of the seminal rap outfit contributing verses to a Frank Ocean track.
Andre 3000 added rhymes to the initial 'Channel Orange' version before one time cohort Big Boi gave his contribution to a remixed version. When the newly recorded edition of 'Pink Matter' emerged online some pundits immediately declared it to be the work of an Outkast re-union.
Issuing a statement to Spin, Andre 3000 denied these reports: "It's important for me to be clear about the origins of my contributions to 'Pink Matter' and 'Sorry.' I was approached as a solo artist by both Frank Ocean & Tip. I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi's name came up".
"I never want to mislead our audience - I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations. I discussed this rationale with Big, Frank and T.I. and everyone agreed. That is why I was surprised to read about these remixes."
Finishing, Andre 300 said: I understand that anyone can put out an unofficial remix to any song but I have an obligation to be honest with fans about what this is … and what it isn't."
So there you have it. Here's the controversial track in question: