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Outkast Finally Ready To Drop Their New LP, Big Boi Says

Idlewild due in stores on December 6.

by James Montgomery

When you're half of the most successful rap duo of all time, you can get pretty much anything you want.

So, for example, if you were Big Boi and you wanted to announce that a new Outkast album would be hitting stores on, say, December 6, well, then it's a pretty safe bet that it'll come out on December 6.

Hypothetically speaking, of course.

"Me and Dre got the new Outkast album coming out December 6. It's called Idlewild, and the first single is called 'Idlewild Blues,' " Boi said. "I'm dead serious, we're cocked and loaded. The movie's done too. And it's crazy."

OK then. Idlewild — the soundtrack to the long-delayed film of the same name, which still has no release date — will be out December 6, Outkast's label, LaFace Records, confirmed. In past interviews, Big Boi had hinted that the new 'Kast album would be seeing the light of day sometime this year, but until now there was no set-in-stone release date (see "Big Boi Busts Out New Label, Divulges Details About Outkast Film").

But not everything Big Boi says comes true. He told MTV News that "Idlewild Blues" would be available for digital download sometime this month, but according to LaFace, the first single off the album has yet to be determined, and thus nothing has been released digitally.

While the "Idlewild" film had previously been described at the duo's attempt to emulate Prince's big-screen success (see "Outkast's Manager Says Movie, LP Will Be Their 'Purple Rain' "), Big Boi said there's little of the Purple One's velveteen touch in the film — but there is a whole lot of Giorgio Armani.

"The movie is dope," he said. "It's like an Outkast album but on film, which will make the fans happy. It's like two stories going at the same time. I've seen two rough cuts, and it's outstanding. We've got Ving Rhames, Ben Vereen, Cicely Tyson, Terrence Howard, Patti LaBelle. We would show up every day suited and booted thanks to Mr. Giorgio Armani. Tailor-made to fit."

He's also got one final word on yet another Outkast-related project: Big Boi Presents Got Purp? Volume 2, the first release on his new Purple Ribbon label. The album, due November 22 showcases a group of artists Big is dubbing his "Purple Ribbon All-Stars," including Sleepy Brown, Bubba Sparxxx and Killer Mike. The disc's first single, which he said was called "Kryptonite," is already hitting radio — only it's not called "Kryptonite" anymore (guess Big Boi doesn't always get everything he wants).

"The first single is called 'I'm on It.' It was originally called 'Kryptonite,' " he laughed. "But for some reason, MTV wouldn't let us say it, so we had to change it. What can you do, y'know?"

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Yeah, OutKast's 1st album is better than all their other stuff put 2gether. However, most of their stuff is good and always pushing the limit...which is important in these days of cookie-cutter, disposable groups in Rap.

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Yeah Outkast's 1st album ranks among the all-time great albums, well it always seems to be the case with every great artist, they make a huge impact when they come out and the rest of what they do gets compared to that. In all fairness Will hasn't really made anything bigger than "Summertime" either, it's better than anything Will has done put together too, it's just about creative and staying in the game but your legacy's set with what you do early in your career, on that note I was dissapointed with their last album as much as I was with "Born To Reign", it's cool to experiment but they went too far that it sounded corny, especially Andre 3000, hopefully they go back to that raw sound they had in the mid-90s or at least sound like "Stankonia".

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Speakerboox/The Love Below still however was great stuff, just hard to digest as an album because of its raw size.

Aint Not Thang But A Chicken Wing (Classic)

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It was a below average Outkast album to me but it was refreshing to hear something good on the radio for a change at that time and a step above everything else then, every brother and mother owns that album it seems, over 10 million sold.

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Outkast's 'Idlewild' Bumped To Next Year

November 14, 2005, 3:50 PM ET

Gail Mitchell, N.Y. and Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Originally planned for release earlier this year and then bumped to December, the soundtrack to the OutKast film "Idlewild" has now been removed from LaFace/Jive's 2005 schedule. Group member Big Boi said over the weekend at the Vibe Awards that it would appear sometime during the first quarter of 2006, but a label spokesperson says there is no confirmed date.

"We're trying to pick the single right now. It's all about a gut instinct," Big Boi said at the Vibe Awards.

The change in the soundtrack's release date has apparently had a corresponding affect on the roll-out of the movie, which HBO Films was eyeing for early January. A company spokesperson says a new date has yet to be nailed down.

"Idlewild" is set in the 1930s, and Big Boi says that period in history has rubbed off on some of the music. "In our own little way," he told Billboard.com earlier this summer. "Just with the Ragtime feel. It's hip-hop. It's OutKast. It is what we've been doing for years. Some songs have a little more piano or whatever, but the whole project was a natural progression from a double CD. It was like, where do we go from here?"

Big Boi stressed, "This is an OutKast album. It isn't like a soundtrack where we go get this person or that person."

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