Rapper André 3000 is urging fans not to view his appearance with Big Boi on Frank Ocean's new song "Pink Matter," or their guest spots on T.I.'s forthcoming single "Sorry," as an OutKast reunion.
A statement released to Spin.com reads: "It's important for me to be clear about the origins of my contributions to 'Pink Matter' and 'Sorry.' I was approached as a solo artist by both Frank Ocean & Tip [T.I.]. I discussed musical direction with each artist and completed my verses. It was after that when Big Boi's name came up.
"I never want to mislead our audience -- I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations. These songs are not Outkast collaborations. I discussed this rationale with Big, Frank and T.I. and everyone agreed. That is why I was surprised to read about these remixes. I understand that anyone can put out an unofficial remix to any song but I have an obligation to be honest with fans about what this is ... and what it isn't."
André 3000 and Big Boi's appearance on "Pink Matter" is the first time they've appeared on the same track since the "Hey Ya!" singer joined his pal in the studio for his 2010 solo project, "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty."
Big Boi has been struggling to persuade his childhood pal and bandmate to start work on a new OutKast album. Their last album together was the "Idlewild" soundtrack in 2006.