It may be bombs over Indio, Calif. this April.
According to Billboard.com, OutKast is in talks with organizers of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to reunite for a performance at next year’s event. Billboard’s sources also state that the rumored Coachella performance would mark the first of several festival dates for OutKast next summer.
The two sources that reported to Billboard did not offer the same exact information, but both confirm there has been some discussion of a Coachella reunion. One source told Billboard that, “there have definitely been some conversations about OutKast reuniting.”
The other source that spoke to Billboard said it is “all systems go” for the duo to reunite at the music festival. Coachella organizer, Goldenvoice, did not comment on the possible OutKast reunion at press time. Representatives for OutKast also did not respond.
If OutKast do reunite for next year’s Coachella, it will be their first performance as a duo in seven years. Members Big Boi and Andre “3000” Benjamin put their Grammy-award winning group on hiatus in 2007 to pursue solo careers.
It is undetermined whether or not the rumored OutKast reunion would lead to new material. The duo’s label, Epic, did not reveal any information on a possible new album or any word on their 2014 plans. OutKast’s last album, Idlewild, was released in 2007.
This is not the first OutKast reunion story in recent years. The Atlanta hip-hop duo’s return has been under constant speculation from fans and the media since the moment they announced their hiatus.
Benjamin hinted at a future Outkast album during an interview with MTV News in July 2007.
“I’m working on a solo album as well because of all the remix work that’s been coming out … After we do those solo albums; we’re planning on doing another OutKast album. I don’t know how long that’s going to be. It could be two years.”
Throughout the rest of the 2000’s and early 2010’s, more rumors surfaced, but none materialized. In an interview discussing his solo work with GQ in February 2012, Benjamin shot down the latest OutKast reunion rumor at the time.
“There’s been a lot of talk on the Internet about an OutKast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another OutKast album. I really don’t know if or when that will happen.”
Due to the nature of Coachella, the rumored OutKast reunion appears to be much more likely. The festival has gained notoriety since its inception for the return of many groups. Rage Against the Machine, the Stooges, New Order and the Pixies are just some of the many bands that reunited at Coachella.
Steven Goldstein, a columnist at hiphopdx.com, discussed the endless possibilities behind an OutKast return and urged fans to remain skeptical for the time being.
“Until something’s official, it’s fair to be wary of the conflicting reports. An OutKast reunion show has staggering potential, with implications that extend to an entire genre’s culture and an entire career’s vindication. But stripped of the hype, detached from expectation, what exactly would an OutKast reunion show look like? After being out of the spotlight for years, there is a lot to consider.”