Just in case you were still wondering about what the “SOLD OUT” price tag André 3000 wore on his jumpsuits during Outkast’s 20th anniversary reunion tour meant, here’s your answer: he strutted on stage with it because he felt “like a sellout.”
“I didn’t wanna do the tour,” he told Fader recently. “We hadn’t performed in 10 years. It was old songs. I felt weird about going out on stage and doing it again. I felt like people would be like, ‘Y’all are doing all these festivals, y’all are just doing it for money.’ And I felt like a sellout, honestly. So I was like, if I’m in on the joke, I’ll feel cool about it.”
Not only that, he really didn’t even want to be there at all, performing “old songs.” But then, he had an idea to present the old in a fresh way—jumpsuits.
“I didn’t wanna do the tour,” he added. “We hadn’t performed in 10 years. It was old songs. I’m like, ‘How am I gonna present these songs? I don’t have nothing new to say. So I was like, maybe I can start saying new stuff while doing these old songs. It became a theme where I was more excited about this than the actual show. This is fun, running out in these.”
And the fun just keeps on coming. For Miami’s famed Art Basel, Three Stacks has 47 of his tour jumpsuits on display at Mana Miami in an art exhibit called “i feel ya.”
The show, which runs through December 14, is a collaboration with Savannah College of Art.
“I was actually supposed to go to SCAD before I started rapping,” he said. “I actually draw and paint for real and I was gonna go to art school and then me and Big Boi started rapping. So that went down the drain.”