Outkast reunites at Big Boi's son's graduation, and André 3000 releases Mother's Day songs

It finally happened: Outkast is back together, doing what they do best. No, they’re not putting out groundbreaking hip-hop albums, they’re just being good friends who clearly care about and support each other. In the end, isn’t that the most important thing? Anyway, Big Boi and André 3000 reunited this weekend at Big…

What’s so funny?: 25 singers cracking up at their own songs

Singers laugh for various reasons, not all of them sincere. Take, for instance, the laugh that closes out Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”—a giggle some people find so fake, they made their own fan edits just to cut it out. There is intentional laughter, layered in to create a wild, maniacal atmosphere (“Thriller,” “…

Read This: Andre 3000 on why he quit rapping, and if he'll ever return

There hasn’t been a proper OutKast release since 2000's Stankonia. Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was a pair of solo albums connected at the hip, and Idlewild was odds and sods and a great Lil Wayne verse—not exactly the return of the player and the poet. They’ve teased a return to straight rap called 10 The Hard Way…

Tigers Jaw has some fun with Outkast’s “Hey Ya”

Outkast’s roots are planted firmly in the realm of hip-hop, with the duo being largely responsible for the surge in popularity of Atlanta hip-hop in the mid-1990s. But “Hey Ya” is a slightly different story. Written, produced, and performed by André 3000 on the duo’s 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, “Hey…

André 3000 is pretty meh on returning to OutKast and music in general

The OutKast reunion that fans have been hoping to see for years and years is now looking more unlikely than ever, as André 3000 now seems to believe that making music is kind of a chore. Speaking with Complex (via Pitchfork), André said that he’s pretty much over the whole scene, and he doesn’t feel like dealing with…

A Georgia university is offering a college course in OutKast studies

A professor at Georgia’s Armstrong State University has announced that she’s teaching a course in the history and ideas behind influential hip-hop group OutKast. Professor Regina Bradley’s “OutKast And The Rise Of The Hip-Hop South” will explore the ways André 3000 and Big Boi’s ideas about “the South and…

Erykah Badu’s mom was really into being “Ms. Jackson”

After his relationship with Erykah Badu ended, Andre 3000 wrote the breakup song “Ms. Jackson,” in which he asked forgiveness from Badu’s mother for making her daughter cry. He’s since apologized a trillion times (roughly, given the song’s extensive play since 2000), but when the song was first released, it hit a sore…

Read This: A look at the man whose leaks broke the music industry

These days, it’s almost a given that a record will be available online before its release. Or, if it’s not, that it’ll be streaming shortly thereafter, essentially for free, provided you’re willing to a few commercials. But how did the industry get that way? Everyone knows about Napster, but who was actually leaking…

Miami decides André 3000’s tour jumpsuits are art, not fart

The collection of black jumpsuits André “3000” Benjamin wore throughout this summer’s Outkast 20th anniversary reunion tour will go on display next month as part of an art exhibit titled I Feel Ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin. SCAD, in this case, is the Savannah College Of Art And Design, which will stage the exhibit…

Andre 3000 wants Leonardo DiCaprio to play him in an Outkast movie

This week wraps up what turned out to be a summer chock-full of Outkast news, as the hip-hop duo is set to conclude its 20th anniversary festival tour with a trio of homecoming concerts at Atlanta’s Centennial Park. Friday is alsothe official U.S. release date for Andre Benjamin’s Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is By…

Lollapalooza 2014: Alone at the mega-festival

Erik Adams: It’s contradictory to say that anyone’s ever alone at Lollapalooza. Lolla is a massive music festival attended by hundreds of thousands of people, held in the downtown core of the United States’ third most populous city—so even if you’re in Grant Park by yourself, you’re still awash in humanity. Still, I…

With Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast heralded the decline of gangster rap

In We’re No. 1, The A.V. Club examines an album that went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts to get to the heart of what it means to be popular in pop music, and how that concept has changed over the years. In this installment, we cover Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which went to No. 1 on October 11, 2003,…

Outkast, Eminem, a bunch of other bands confirmed for Lollapalooza 2014

The rumors were true. Eminem, Kings Of Leon, and Skrillex will headline this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, where they’ll be joined by Outkast, as well as acts like Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Foster The People, Childish Gambino, and The Avett Brothers—all making for a commercially friendly (if somewhat bland)…