Hip-hop fans have been buzzing over the last two days after Stephen G. Hill, BET’s president of programming and specials, tweeted that reclusive rapper André 3000 confirmed that he would be releasing a new album at the top of the yearStephen G. Hill. But speculation about the project may be, at best, premature, and at worst, completely off-base; a representative for Andre is now denying that any project is officially set for release.
“Regarding reports of a specific plan to release an album in early 2014. There is no official confirmation on that report,” the rep told Billboard.
The former OutKast member has spoken previously about solo recording. As recently as this year, 3000 made it clear that he’s been working on new material, but nothing has surfaced. OutKast’s last official release was the 2006 soundtrack to their feature film Idlewild. André has since been featured on several other artists’ work, including Rick Ross and Beyonce.
“For the last two years, I’ve been doing collaborations. I’ve just really been feeding off of that and this year I think I’m planning to do a solo project,” he previously told GQ. “I don’t know when it will come out, but hopefully it’ll come out this year.”
His longtime bandmate, Big Boi, has released two solo albums since their unofficial split: 2010s Sir Lucious Left Foot: Son of Chico Dusty and 2012s Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours.