But is there also a brand-new album in the works?
Well, according to their former manager, Queen Latifah (!), the answer is yes. That’s what she told Howard Stern during an appearance on his SiriusXM show earlier this week, after the jock asked her “Whatever happened to them?”
“They’re chilling,” Latifah answered. “They’re doing movies, and they’re about to work on a new album.”
Though she was quick to add “I don’t manage them anymore,” Latifah did rep OutKast early in their careers as part of her Flavor Unit Management enterprise. Of course, there’s been no mention of a new album from anyone currently associated with the group, though earlier this month, Organized Noize producer Rico Wade did reveal he was sitting on a bevy of unreleased Andre 3000 tracks, including a song called “Benz Bitch,” a track supposedly slated for Future’s upcoming sophomore album, Honest.
If there is a new OutKast album coming, it will be the first since 2006’s Idlewild, which was released after a series of lengthy delays, and failed to match the massive success of their 2003 double-disc opus Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which still reigns as hip-hop’s best-selling album a decade after its debut. In the time since, Big Boi has released a pair of solo albums, while Three Stacks has remained busy contributing a series of high-profile verses.