More and more people are speculating about the situation
involving Outkast members Big Boi and Andre 3000. Will one of
hip-hop’s most influential groups break up?
Suggestions of a possible separation come from the release of
their latest album that hit stores Sept. 23, which consists of two
discs, Speakerboxx, a solo effort by Big Boi, and The Love Below, a
solo effort by Andre.
The two hardly collaborated on each others’ CD nor do they
appear in each others’ video single, “The Way You Move and Hey Ya,”
with the exception of Big Boi’s short cameo in the beginning of
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below definitely illustrates that Big Boi
and Andre have styles headed in opposite directions. On The Love
Below, Andre deviates from the typical hip-hop and funk of Outkast
and experiments with almost every musical style ranging from techno
to a love ballad with Norah Jones. Big Boi keeps his disc,
Speakerboxx, strictly southernplayalistic.
So, does their latest disc foreshadow a split between the
Despite allegations that Andre wants to leave the group and move
to California to pursue the clarinet and possibly enroll in music
school, Andre and Big Boi claim that Outkast will never breakup. As
for the outlook of the group…time will only tell.