When Big Boi jumped on Frank Ocean’s “Pink Matter” featuring fellow OutKast member André 3000, did anyone reach out and touch somebody’s hand to declare, “OUTKAST IS BACK, B**CH!?”

I didn’t think so either, but maybe André 3000 heard differently since he felt compelled to release a statement to SPIN to declare in so many words that the band is not back together. I thought past interviews from both made that clear, but just in case any of these new Big Boi enhanced remixes – which Dré wants you to know are unofficial – confused anyone of that point, Dré is here to clarify.

Here’s the statement:

“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.

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.”

He seems like quite the co-worker, right? Anyway, are we clear now, everyone?

Okay, then, well, it’s nice to hear them both on a single song (like this new version of T.I.’s “Sorry”) all the same:


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