In April, OutKast launched its 20th anniversary tour at Coachella. Since then, André 3000 and Big Boi have traveled the world, performing at over 40 festivals including OVO Fest, Lollapalooza, and Wireless Festival.
In his first interview since the tour started, the reclusive André spoke to The New York Times about his absence from music, battling depression, and returning to the stage.
André, who is producing a song for Aretha Franklin’s upcoming album, addressed the poor reviews from opening night at Coachella. “They actually got André Benjamin the first night [at Coachella], and I clearly saw they don’t want André Benjamin,” he said. “He loves what he’s done, but I hate cages, and sometimes nostalgia is a cage.”
He was also optimistic about releasing a new solo album. While there is no timeline, he said that the tour has reignited his interest in music.
Plus, he opened up about being a father to his 16-year-old son Seven, the advice that Prince gave him, and his role as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side, which opens on September 26.