OutKast Reunites On Frank Ocean’s ‘Pink Matter’ Remix

Well, sort of. Andre 3000 lent himself to Frank Ocean’s Pink Matter and Big Boi has released his own remix. The pair were originally invited to join the track together, but declined. Via PopDust, Andre 3000 had said he "didn’t want an OutKast record coming out on anybody else’s LP." They last released a double album, Speakerboxx/The Love Below in 2003 and the movie/album Idlewild in 2006.

Instead Andre 3000 rapped some verses on Pink Matter alone; Big Boi’s remix, which dropped today, includes verses before Andre’s.

It’s hard not to read the the move as weird, possibly passive aggressive. But the end product is melancholy and gorgeous, so I guess it doesn’t really matter if they’re having a "beef," as rappers call it. 

Enjoy the remix below:

 

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Join The Charlie Brown School of Dance

It’s Friday, so here’s a cute thing that’s been on the Internet. With the holiday season comes the inevitable barrage of seasonally appropriate television programming, including several showings of the classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. If you remember nothing else from A Charlie Brown Christmas (other than the poorly-decorated Christmas tree, bless its heart), then you remember the dance rehearsal scene where all the little Peanuts kids are dancin’ their hearts out, each with their distinct and kinda freaky moves.

In this fake advertisement for “The Charlie Brown School of Dance,” an adult Linus (with a bright blue towel, natch) offers instruction on all the hottest dance moves as depicted in that clip, from “The Zombie MC Hammer” to “The Self-Breast Exam” to “The Ghost Humper.” Our favorites? “The Concussion,” and Snoopy’s gleeful take on the “Russian Cossack Dance.”

This video is also great because it’s a reminder of the greatest seasonal mashup video of all time, in which that same pivotal scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas is set to OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” Play the re-mastered version, and play it loud. It’s okay to dance at your desk.

BuzzFeed: “Here’s How Two No Longer Relevant Things Are Alike”

There is a great, fantastically lazy tradition in recent music criticism whereby “NPR,” “fussed-over,” and “intimate” are terms that come to signify “white bands playing preciously dull and fragile songs that you in your callous, unthinking way would call ‘boring’ but are actually quiet masterpieces, you clod.” Over at BuzzFeed today, Matt Perpetua reaches the zenith of this non-observational style with little more than fifty words, six photos, and three YouTube embeds.

“Grizzly Bear Is The ‘Frasier’ Of Rock Music,” the headline declares, while the deck cautions, as if you are already winding up to punch through your computer monitor, “It’s kind of an intuitive thing, but yes, they are.” Great! An intuitive analogy comparing a “rock” band (no they aren’t) that enjoyed mild popularity from 2006-2009 and a television series that ended in 2004. The comparison is simultaneously so strained and so obvious and so half a decade late that it’s hard to tell if it’s less meaningful than it is amusing. 

Do I even need to tell you that cashmere, lattes, ennui, and The New Yorker are mentioned? It’d be one thing if BuzzFeed were merely failing to be the “leading social news organization, intensely focused on delivering high-quality original reporting, insight, and viral content across a rapidly expanding array of subject areas” that it purports to be. But on top of that, do we really need a list of items once posted on Stuff White People Like? Oh, new BuzzFeed article idea: Stuff White People Like is just like The Strokes’ Is This It. Or maybe you could talk about how OutKast is the Chappelle’s Show of rap.

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Big Boi Releases Studio Version of “Mama Told Me” With Kelly Rowland

Over the summer, Big Boi performed a rather sexy early live version of “Mama Told Me” at a live show alongside Swedish group Little Dragon. Rumors began to emerge that the group would be performing the track for Big Boi’s upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (out November 13th), but a collab agreement wasn’t reached and Kelly Rowland stepped into the feature spot on “Mama Told Me.”

Rowland croons alongside a Nintendo-blip hook while Big Boi is up to his usual wordplay games, name-dropping nursery rhymes, Mozart and Michael Jordan. Have a listen below.

The Week in Collab Tracks From Former Members of OutKast

By purest of coincidences, both former members of the ATLien mothership known as OutKast appeared on new tracks released this week. Both have a lot going on right now—André 3000 with directing Rick Ross’ upcoming video for "Sixteen" (another track on which he features) and finished shooting the Janie Jimplin/Jackie Jormp-Jomp-reminiscent Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side, due out in 2013. Big Boi has released a number of tracks for his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, including the goofy boner jam "She Said Okay" featuring Theophilus London and Tre Luce and the catchy "Gossip," featuring Big K.R.I.T. and UGK. Who wore their new single better?

“Play The Guitar”

Yesterday, B.o.B. released a new track with a little help from fellow Georgian André 3000. This feels like an attempt at a late-in-the-game entry for Song of the Summer 2012, to which Carly Rae Jepsen would probably respond with a resounding "uh-uh." B.o.B. offers the classic couplets about "I’m a star / so when I hit the bar / like cheers, everybody knows who we are / whoever thought I woulda took it this far?" amid some casual guitar play. André 3000’s verse is what you’d expect—fast-paced, interesting, peppered with some offbeat images (the verse starts with him having a vision of playing guitar outside of Church’s Chicken), but it’s mostly B.o.B. imploring himself to play the guitar. The video’s rather interesting, though, where everything is animated to look like those "Pinpressions" office toys that mold to your face. 

“Mama Told Me”

Unlike “Play the Guitar,” this isn’t an official, studio release. Much to the delight of some rather ecstatic fans, Big Boi joined oh-so-smooth Swedish electronic ensemble Little Dragon for a surprise onstage appearance at the vitaminwater/FADER “Uncapped” show Tuesday night in Austin. (Get it? It’s "Big" and "Little" together! Ha!)

Not only is Big Boi comfortable rapping through and around Little Dragon’s chirping synths, but  together on stage, he and the band seem to have pretty good chemistry and are enjoying the process. The jam is the sort of smooth, listenable project you’d expect from this combination, with Big Boi verses and Yukimi Nagano’s chorus and later call-and-response all flowing together nicely. Of the two, this is the better song, and Big Boi sounds like he’s wearing it better, but a live performance of "Play the Guitar" / a studio version of "Mama Told Me" would really be the only way to properly test this hypothesis.

Listen to “She Said OK,” A New Track From Big Boi and Theophilus London

Earlier this week, Atlanta rapper and former half of OutKast Big Boi announced the title of his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 effort, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Today, he dropped a new single, "She Said OK," with a little help from everyone’s favorite collaborator (and BlackBook performing favorite), Theophilus London, along with producer and artist Tre Luce.

From the over-the-top speakerbox(xx) with legs that forms the album’s art to Tre Luce’s chorus amid porn-groove guitars ("Let me see your titties / she said OK") to some spittake-inducing references ("My legs feel like Joe from Family Guy because she got insane head"), there’s a little bit of silliness amid the sexiness, but mostly it’s a slow jam to be enjoyed in the manner slow jams are. This song is decidedly NSFW, but perfectly safe to enjoy in the privacy of your home / car / while doing whatever it is you like to do. 

Whether or not this song will appear on the new album has yet to be confirmed, but in the meantime, "She Said OK": 

Afternoon Links: Chris Brown and Rihanna Could Perform on American Idol, R.I.P. Outkast

● Rumor has it that American Idol producers are angling to host the now inevitable Chris Brown/Rihanna reunion on their show this season. Do they too want to become "victims" of this mess? [E!]

● With opening night still a month away, the odds seem already to be ever in The Hunger Games‘s favor, as Katniss and company are already besting Twiglight in advanced ticket sales. [Deadline]

● That deconstructed Maybach from Jay and ‘Ye’s "Otis" video could be yours. The now iconic car is being put up for auction as part of Phillips de Pury’s contemporary evening sale in New York on March 8, and all proceeds will go towards the Save the Children fund. [NYO]

● Residents of the Slovakian border town, Bratislava, have voted overwhelmingly to name their new cycle bridge to Austria "Chuck Norris." [NYP]

● With hashtags, mobile apps, and Facebook pages all ready to go, the Academy has made it almost impossible not to live-tweet your Oscar viewing party. [WSJ]

● This pains us so, but: Andre 3000 went ahead and dashed all hope of a future Outkast album in an interview with GQ. "I started this in high school—with Outkast—those were like high school dreams. I’m 36 now, so I have grown-man dreams," he explains, hinting at a new round of collaborations and a possible solo album. [GQ]

Listen to “DoYaThing,” the Gorillaz + Andre 3000 + James Murphy Collaboration

Even from their self-imposed semi-hiatus, Andre 3000 and James Murphy are the coolest men in their respective genres (rap and post-blog nostagi-lectro, in case you’re wondering). When you add Gorillaz to the mix, you’ve got a shovel-ready Youngs-targeting commercial waiting to happen. That seems to be the motivation behind their collaborative song "DoYaThing," which will be released to promote the upcoming Converse line of Gorillaz-themed shoes. You can wait until tomorrow to download it from the Converse website, or you can listen to a rip at Listen Before You Buy.

I know, I know — it seems a bit calculated, purely created for page hits and blog buzz. At least they all sound excited to be on the song, even if a rhyme like "Ballin’ outrageous like a purebred mare / Converse All-Stars is the only shoe to wear" is a bit more corporate than I would’ve expected from the usually DIY Murphy. (I have been told that is not immediately recognizable as a joke, but rest assured, it is a joke. Thank God!)

Morning Links: It’s a Boy for January Jones, Brad Pitt Didn’t Mean to Call Jen Boring

● January Jones welcomed to the world son Xander Dane Jones yesterday. So now they can get going on Mad Men, right? [People] ● Fashion Week is not all fun. At the V magazine party, Rachel Zoe lost her diamond bracelet, a girl “spurting blood” was carried out on a stretcher, and Lindsay Lohan was liable to chuck a drink — glass and all — really at any moment. [Page Six] ● Before there was Lady Gaga, there was a blond-wigged girl from New York who dropped by Kat Von D’s shop for a little ink. Now she’s a superstar and there’s this video of Kat Von D tatting-up Lady Gaga. [DailyMail]

● Good news! Outkast are on the move. L.A. Reid has taken them on to Epic Records where, hopefully, drama can be put aside and the two can get working on something new. [HipHopDX] ● Presented without comment: “Nicolas Cage awoken by naked man with Fudgesicle.” [Reuters] ● Brad Pitt didn’t mean to call Jennifer Aniston boring, he says. “The point I was trying to make is not that Jen was dull, but that I was becoming dull to myself — and that, I am responsible for.” Everybody else, however, they are mostly trying to call Jennifer Aniston boring. She can’t win, really! [THR]

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