(AllHipHop News) André 3000 used his time on stage during the OutKast festival run to reunite with Big Boi, perform some of the group’s classic records, and express his thoughts on the world via his clothing. Dré’s 47 tour jumpsuits featuring social, political, and comical quotes have been included in Savannah College of Art and Design’s i feel ya: SCAD + André 3000 Benjamin exhibit at Art Basel Miami Beach.
André spoke with Fader about his tour outfits, and the “Hey Ya” performer revealed he did not go into the trek with the plan of wearing the jumpsuits. Dré was actually not that interested in touring at all.
“Honestly, just, you know—I didn’t wanna do the tour. We hadn’t performed in 10 years. It was old songs,” said André. “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 than the actual show. This is fun, running out in these.”
3000 was also apprehensive about the fans’ reactions to the Atlanta duo coming together for one last tour. The suits featuring sayings like “across cultures, darker people suffer most. why?” and “art of fart?” became his release from the concerns that core OutKast followers would view their reuniting as just a money-making venture.
“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,'” said Dré. “And I felt like a sellout, honestly. So I was like, if I’m in on the joke, I’ll feel cool about it.”