Rapper Andre 3000 has issued a statement to Spin magazine over what were widely seen as new “collaborations” between him and fellow Outkast bandmate Big Boi.
At the start of this year, we reported on how Big Boi and Andre 3000 both provided verses to a remix of Frank Ocean‘s track Pink Matter. FactMag also reports that the duo have provided rhymes for a forthcoming remix of T.I’s Sorry.
However, 3000 has declared that the duo didn’t even say Hey Ya! in the studio – claiming he was originally invited by Ocean and T.I to contribute as a solo artist, before Big Boi added his parts later on.
“It’s important for me to be clear about the origins of my contributions to Pink Matter and Sorry,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
You can take a listen to – and download – the remix of Pink Matter here.