Outkast’s manager, Blue Williams, says that while his fellas’ next projects are taking a little longer than originally expected, they’re definitely coming.
Andre 3000 and Big Boi’s film, shot from July to October last year, was formerly known as “My Life in Idlewild,” a title director Bryan Barber had coined as a joke (see “What’s Up With The Outkast Movie? The Director Spills It All” ). It’s currently being edited, and the guys are coming up with music for the soundtrack.
“The plan was to do the movie for the Speakerboxxx/The Love Below box, but we couldn’t get it up and running in time,” Williams explained. “We worked out a deal with HBO for the movie. The guys wanted to take some of the songs from Speakerboxxx/The Love Below ’cause they were still relevant, but we needed new music. Since the movie is being edited, now is when we plug in the new music. There’s music that will be [in the movie], and there’s music not in the movie. So fans, when they buy the CD, are getting something they haven’t heard yet.
“To do it right, we’ve had to do it like this, so it’s taken a minute,” Williams continued. “This is gonna be like our ‘Pink Floyd: The Wall’ or our ‘Purple Rain.’ We want it to be a body of work that’ll stand the test of time.”
Although the LP is being billed as a soundtrack, Williams described it as “the next Outkast album” and said Andre and Big will be producing.
“The majority of the music is gonna be the fellas,” he said. “It could be all them, but if I say it’s gonna be one way, then next week it’s gonna be something else. The plan is for it to be mostly them, but I wouldn’t be surprised if [there were] some guest appearances.”
If Outkast get their way, the film will have its theatrical release this fall, with the soundtrack coming out shortly before the flick.
“The guys did their thing,” said Williams. “They don’t look like first-time actors. It’s not no ghetto — it’s a period piece. Big Boi really shines. His acting stands out.”
Outkast are also looking forward to dropping a proper group album in 2006. In the interim, Andre is going to keep acting — he’s secured a role in John Singleton’s next film (see “Andre 3000, Mark Wahlberg And Tyrese As Brothers? Only In Hollywood …” ) — and Big Boi has started his own imprint, Purple Ribbon, through Virgin.
The first three artists to be spawned from Big’s new deal will be Sleepy Brown, a group called Konkrete and Bubba Sparxxx, who has nearly completed his new album. Killer Mike, an artist Dre and Big Boi are putting out collectively, still has his deal at Sony Music and is releasing his sophomore LP later this year. He’s going to put out three singles within the next several weeks.
Williams himself is just as busy as his two star clients. He’s working with Jay-Z and L.A. Reid at Def Jam, helping Nick Cannon put together his next album and managing Case, who is in the process of securing a new record deal, and also managing newcomer Lyfe.