SXSW 2009: Big Boi Talks ‘Stoopid’ New Outkast Album

MTV News caught up with Big Boi on Thursday, just before he tried his hand at Nirvana’s “In Bloom” on “Rock Band” (and “tried his hand” is being generous), and we spoke about a whole bunch of stuff, including the progress of his long-delayed solo album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, his cameo on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (he played a slick-talking rapper who runs afoul of a Russian smuggler and is killed by a hyena — seriously) and, of course, Outkast.

More specifically, the status of Outkast’s new album. And while Boi wasn’t about to reveal everything about the group’s follow-up to 2006’s Idlewild, he didn’t exactly leave us hanging, either.

What’s he got to say? Read on.

As it turns out, the new ’Kast seems to be heading in a slightly “stoopid” direction … a throwback to Boi and Andre 3000’s manic, panic earlier efforts (think Stankonia or Aquemini). Once again teaming up with ATL’s Organized Noize production team, Boi says that he and Dre are nearing completion on the still-untitled disc, though, as is the case with pretty much everything involving the dynamic duo, there’s a catch.

Seems that the new Outkast album won’t be completed until both Boi and Dre release their respective solo albums … which, given the holdup with Luscious and the, um, complete and utter lack of information about Andre’s solo joint, means that, well, Outkast fans probably shouldn’t be holding their breaths for a new album.

Still, it’s good to hear Big Boi talking Outkast. Even better? Watching him talk about it:


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