If You Squint Hard Enough, It’s Like Outkast Is Back: Andre 3000 Joins T.I. For “Sorry” And Big Boi Serves “In The A”

by (@zaragolden)

Earlier this month, Big Boi suggested to the Village Voice that his long time partner in crime Andre 3000‘s absence on his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, due out December 11th, was a matter of priority — the no good, very bad news: “He had to do some Gillette shit. No for real.” — before calling his comments back and calling for an end to all questions Outkast related. The two ATLiens insist things are good between them, and with past label drama settled they are free to make music together as they please; but unfortunately, for one reason another and to the great dismay of Outkast-stans far and wide, they aren’t. But they are both still making music, and both had something new to share yesterday: Big Boi, his banging hometown anthem “In The A;” and as for Andre, his much-anticipated feature on T.I.‘s “Sorry.” It’s not a new Outkast song exactly, but if played in quick succession, these two songs might be of some consolation to yearning fans.

Big Boi and A-Town royalty, Ludacris and T.I., join forces for the menacing hometown anthem that is “In The A.” Most miraculous about this track might be the way it seems to revive Luda, who’s been busy spitting guest verses in the Top 40 trenches for sometime now: “You may be able to out trap me, but none of you n****s will ever out rap me.”

And then there’s Andre. Rare is the Andre 3000 verse these days, but what happens when he does show up? He kills it, and every single time. His turn on “Sorry” is, of course, no exception to this rule:

Tip leads on this very good track, from his upcoming Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, going double-time over the breezy orchestral beat about pinot grigio and blogs and those left in the wake of his hustle. Andre jumps in at the end for a dense and confessional verse that finds him apologizing to his mother, his baby mama, his baby and Big Boi himself: “And this the type of sh*t that’ll make you call your rap partner / And say I’m sorry I’m awkward, my fault for f*ckin’ up the tours / I hated all the attention so I ran from it / F*ck it if we did, but I hope we ain’t lose no fans from it.” No apologies necessary, so long as he keeps showing up like this.

Big Boi’s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is out December 11th, and T.I.’s Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head hits shelves December 18th.