They released separate singles, each with its own video. Their album was presented as two solo efforts joined together, recorded in two different cities by two people who were establishing individual identities. Amidst cries that they were easing fans into an inevitable breakup, Andre 3000 and Big Boi insisted they were still a group.
Now Outkast will prove it with the release of the next single from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Yes, one single.
Diverging from their previous plan of issuing simultaneous songs from each half of the two-disc set, Outkast will put out only one song, "Roses," as the follow-up to "Hey Ya!" and "The Way You Move." The tune is from Andre's half of the album but it features a verse rapped by Big Boi, making it the only song out of nearly 40 that features both members' lyrics.
"It's about a woman named Caroline, a made-up character, fictitious character," Andre recently told MTV U.K. "But I know a lot of women like Caroline. She's beautiful, she's fine, but her attitude makes her so ugly. So Big Boi and I got on a song together and talked about her."
"Roses" won't be the only track fans can hear Andre and Big Boi rapping on together. Both appear on "I Can't Wait," a new single from crooner Sleepy Brown that's featured on the "Barbershop 2" soundtrack (see "Outkast Careful Not To Mention Rosa Parks By Name In New Song").
Outkast plan to shoot a video for "Roses" in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday. On February 15 they'll perform during player introductions at the NBA All-Star Game at L.A.'s Staples Center.