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Now that OutKast’s 20th anniversary reunion tour has come to an end, André 3000 is speaking candidly about his time on the road with Big Boi. In an interview with Nicolas Jaar for The FADER, André admitted that he “didn’t wanna do the tour” and “felt like a sell-out.”
“We hadn’t performed in 10 years. It was old songs,”André said. “I’m like, ‘How am I gonna present these songs? I don’t have nothing new to say.'”
Ultimately, he found solace in designing a collection of jumpsuits which he would wear on stage. “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.”
According to The FADER:
André has no Twitter or Instagram account; Jaar asked if the jumpsuits were a physical way, for him, to communicate in the truncated and direct way people do on those networks. “I live my life out on stage and everywhere else, I don’t necessarily have to tweet it out,” André said. “But I felt like it was cool that I could say crazy thoughts or fun stuff. And I think it actually gets more attention because it is what it is instead of tweeting it. And Twitter, from what I know of, you only have a certain amount of characters, like 150. My space was just right here,” he said, pointing to his chest. “Everything had to go here. So I had to squash and edit words.”
André paired each word-scrawled suit with a platinum wig and a cartoonish price tag, which read ‘SOLD’ on one side. He told Jaar the tag was his way of letting fans know more about the thought process behind his decision to head back out on the road.
“And I felt like a sell-out, honestly. So I was like, if I’m in on the joke, I’ll feel cool about it,” André concluded. “So maybe if I’m telling people, ‘I am selling out,’ then it’s not as bad as pretending.”
47 of André’s jumpsuits are currently on display in Miami as part of an exhibition called i feel ya: SCAD + Andre 3000 Benjamin, which will run through December 14th.