André 3000: I Felt Like a Sell-Out on OutKast Tour

André 3000

André 3000: I Felt Like a Sell-Out on OutKast Tour

Three Stacks says he didn't want to do reunion shows.

Published December 5, 2014

Now that the OutKast reunion tour is officially over, André 3000 is letting his true feelings run free, and it turns out he was unhappier than fans may have known.

In an interview with musician Nicola Jaar for The Fader, Three Stacks revealed that he felt uneasy about the tour, and that he used his wardrobe to get through it. "Honestly, just, you know — I didn't wanna do the tour,” he said. “We hadn't performed in 10 years. It was old songs. I’m like, How am I gonna present these songs? I don't have nothing new to say. 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 [the custom-made jumpsuits worn during the tour] than the actual show. This is fun, running out in these."

The outfits, currently on display at Art Basel Miami Beach, were his way of saying something new. “I felt weird about going out on stage and doing it again. I felt like people would be like, 'Y'all are doing all these festivals, y'all are just doing it for money,'" he admitted. "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.”

Adorned with every one of 3000's self-designed suits was a price tag with the word “sold,” adding to the statement. "I'm 39, I got a 17-year-old kid, and I gotta support certain things. And my partner, Big Boi, is like, 'This is a great thing for all of us.' So I felt like there was a certain sell-out in a way because I didn't wanna do it — I knew I was doing it for a reason. So maybe if I'm telling people, 'I am selling out,' then it's not as bad as pretending. It's being honest about it like, 'S**t, I did these songs when I was 17 and I'm out here pedaling them now.' But it's the honest thing, that's what it is." 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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