If you're one of those Outkast fans who've been scratching their heads, questioning why you haven't seen Dre at most of the group's public appearances of late, it's because he's been in the studio trying to uphold his side of the bargain.
Andre 3000 is only about 80 percent done with his solo album, which is going to be included in the ATL's duo's double LP, Outkast Present … Big Boi and Dre. Now being scheduled for release around Memorial Day, the other half of the album is, of course, Big Boi's solo opus.
Of what he has finished, Dre has politicked collaborations from this year's Grammy golden girl Norah Jones and fellow newcomer Vivian Green. Meanwhile, Big Boi, who has been done with his record for weeks, has guest appearances from Jay-Z, the Dungeon Family, Twista and Killer Mike. Both Outkast partners will also have a couple of cameo spots on each other's albums. The group handled much of the production itself.
The first singles will be out within the next couple of weeks. Big Boi's song is called "Church" and Dre's cut is titled "Prototype."
According to the group's manager, Big Boi's "Church" bears an aural resemblance to the organ-driven "Ms. Jackson" and "Rosa Parks," while Dre's record has a style that's just as unpredictable as he is.
Always thinking about raising the bar, Outkast are planning to shoot a 30-minute mini movie with Brian Barber in the next couple of weeks in either L.A. or Phoenix. The film will include videos for both "Church" and "Prototype."
Meanwhile, Dre is also focusing on full-length feature flicks. He just finished work on the Harrison Ford action/comedy "Hollywood Homicide," and is gearing to wrap up production on the romantic drama "Love Hater" this summer (see "Master P, Kurupt, Outkast's Dre Do 'Hollywood Homicide').
After his stint in front of the camera, Dre plans to rejoin Big Boi for a tour.