One of the year's most colourful re-unions, OutKast completed an enormous international tour this summer.
Playing a number of European festivals, the ATLiens were near constant companions as the sun shone and temperatures.
Speaking to Nicolas Jaar for theFader, though, Andre 3000 has revealed that he initially felt that the re-union would be a backwards step.
"I didn’t wanna do the tour. We hadn’t performed in 10 years. It was old songs," he said. "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."
"I felt weird about going out on stage and doing it again" he continued. "I felt like people would be like, ‘Y’all are doing all these festivals, y’all are just doing it for money. 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."
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