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After making headlines for lightheartedly telling Rolling Stone that he wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to play him in an OutKast biopic, André 3000 is back in the blog headlines once again. Today (Sept 26), Billboard released their latest issue with Benjamin on the cover, and 3 Stacks really speaks openly about the status of the next OutKast album. Unfortunately, the news is not what fans wanted to hear.

He’s got no plans for another movie or a solo album — never mind new Outkast music. And just to be clear, here’s how he explains that last one: “There are no plans to do [an Outkast album]. It’s not like some people think: ‘They’re about to drop this album!’ We don’t have, like, one song. There’s no trickery or nothing like that.”

Check out more highlights from the story, plus 3 Stacks’ interview with NPR’s Microphone Check below…

“My thing as a music fan is, I want to get it fresh. I want to hear the music when they were in it, when they were gung-ho about it,” he says. And as an artist? “Of course, I enjoy fans loving it. It’s just different to do songs now that I wrote when I was 19, 20. They don’t mean the same to me.”

“I know Big Boi’s [working on his]; I haven’t even started on [mine],” says Benjamin, then adds, sounding his common refrain: “I’ve got to find something I’m excited about.”

For the record, he’s not done with rapping: “To be clear, there’s no retirement.” And he’s not in conflict with Big Boi: “It’s kind of like growing up in a house with your brother, people expecting y’all to live in the same room and have bunk beds forever,” says Benjamin. “And people try to read into it and say people are beefing. But it’s nothing like that, man. Big Boi will always be my brother and a really important part of my life.”

Andre 3000: ‘You Can Do Anything From Atlanta’ (via NPR)

Andre 3000 — née André Benjamin, sometimes Three Stacks and always one half of the mighty OutKast — sat down with Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley before a screening of the just-released Jimi Hendrix biopic in which he stars. He spoke about his current work with the Queen of Soul, how and why OutKast and the Dungeon Family 20 years ago put the city of Atlanta on their backs and what young musicians now can learn from his group’s early days.

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