Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. As for the Hip Hop and R&B world, it is a tribute to the accomplished work of an entertainer. Within the last two years and the rise of biopics like “Straight Outta Compton” and “The New Edition Story,” there seems to be an underlying obsession with
exposing the truth behind the music. Apparently, BigBoi of Atlanta’s superstar Hip-Hop duo, Outkast, feels that it’s time to tell their story. It has been 10 years since their last studio album and over 23 years since their 1994 debut album, “Southernplayalistic.” Their unconventional rap stylings and musical genre infusions caused an uproar in the early 90’s, but later placed them as one of the iconic duos in Hip-Hop history with songs like “Hey Ya,” “Ms. Jackson,” and “The Way You Move.”
In a recent HipHopDX interview, Big Boi talks of promoting his upcoming 2017 release, “Boomiverse.” Even though the 42-year old rapper may be considered one of the most underrated MC’s, he doesn’t seem to care and feels that a Hip-Hop list should be swallowed if he or Andre 3000 are not within the Top 3. His album, which is set for a June 2017 release, could be a breath fresh of air as the current music scene needs a switch-up from the existing mediocrity. Big Boi seems confident that this album will be completely different than today’s music and is nothing like what we have heard. “It’s sonically and cohesively flowing like one body of work but every song sounds different.”
To add onto Big Boi’s current excitement, he also plugged an Outkast biopic in the “near future.” The news has created an uproar among fans; they have been waiting for an update since their 2006 release of “Idlewild.” Big Boi tells HipHopDX that he and Andre 3000 had been talking for a while of plans for a biopic. Their conversation may date back further than we know. Back in 2014, after his portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” Andre 3000 told Rolling Stone that he felt it was time for an Outkast movie; but felt that it would be more of a comedy with Kevin Hart as Big Boi and Leonardo DiCaprio as himself. His thoughts were slightly inconsistent with Big Boi, who would have one of his sons to portray his character as Ice Cube did with his son in “Straight Outta Compton.”
Nothing is set in stone and there is no announcement for casting, but BigBoi says that Andre 3000 has been talking to some people and believes that “Empire” creator, Lee Daniels, would be the best fit to write and direct the biopic. Overall, the Outkast biopic “would cover serious Hip-Hop history such as the backstories of the Aquemini twins, Goodie Mob, Organized Noize, L.A. Reid and Shanti Das.” Fans are waiting on the sidelines for the next steps Big Boi and Andre 3000 would make with such a groundbreaking venture. Maybe the public will get a double, with the biopic and new music from Atlanta’s superstar Hip-Hop duo.