Funk and hip-hop stars Outkast are making a long-awaited comeback at the 2014 Coachella festival in California. After weeks of speculation suggesting Andre 3000 and Big Boi were close to reuniting for the desert event, promoters have finally confirmed their return with the announcement of this year's (14) line-up.
The duo has been on hiatus since 2007, and 2014 also marks the 20th anniversary of the group's debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.
Also headlining the festival are English rockers Muse and Canadian band Arcade Fire.
The bands will take to the stage for two consecutive weekends in April (14).
This was, without a doubt, an excellent year for Hip-Hop music. Jay Z, Kanye West, and Timbaland (as a producer) all returned to a certain glory with their new projects. Artists like Pusha T, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and A$AP Rocky became key players in the game. And lots of new artists generated positive buzz. Lots of magazines like Rolling Stone are counting down the best Hip-Hop albums of the year, but we're going to keep it simple with 5 definitive hip-hop tracks of 2013. Obviously, tons of great songs came out, but if we had to put 5 singles into a time capsule, these would be it!
Black Skinhead, Kanye West
People can hate on this guy all they want, but the lyrics, production, and impact of this song were amazing. And once it found its way to the trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street (perfectly appropriate, in part because of the line "I'm aware I'm a wolf/Soon as the moon hit"), it became that much more epic.
Started From The Bottom, Drake
To say that this song was "everywhere" would be the understatement of the year. Even Chris Brown -- who still has beef with Drake -- was spotted losing his mind to this in the club. Now whether or not Drake himself "started from the bottom" is debatable (well, okay, it's not true at all), but we'll let the whole thing slide if only so we can enjoy the song.
Feds Watching, 2 Chainz feat. Pharrell
Like it or not, 2 Chainz is one of the defining artists in hip-hop right now. And for people who had been supporting him since he was still Tity Boi (and one half of the group Playaz Circle) his latest album represented a return to his original style. "Feds Watching" had a dope beat and was (thankfully) lacking in some of the silliness that people had come to associate with Chainz. It was a good look for him.
Picasso Baby, Jay Z
When Jigga merged Hip-Hop with performance art (with the help of Marina Abramović), he showed that Hip-Hop already was performance art. "Picasso Baby" as a song, video, and short film became a movement that ultimately proved hip-hop is already in the realm of high art.
Control, Big Sean feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica
Although the entire world stopped spinning (seriously) as practically every, single rapper in existence responded to Kendrick Lamar's now-iconic, unforgettable verse (which was not, in fact, an actual diss), Big Sean and Jay Electronica both went in on this one. This was, quite easily, the most discussed song of the year, and with good reason. Next year, we'll have to see if Kendrick Lamar will remain King of the game.
Rapper Big Boi has thrilled Outkast fans buy posting photos of himself and bandmate Andre 3000 hanging out in Atlanta, Georgia on his Instagram and Tumblr pages. The funk and hip-hop duo has been on hiatus since 2007, following the release of their Idlewild film soundtrack, but reports suggest Outkast will regroup onstage at the Coachella festival in California next year (14).
Funk and hip-hop stars Outkast are in talks to return to the stage after a long hiatus to headline next year's (14) Coachella festival, according to U.S. reports. Sources tell Billboard.com that Andre 3000 and Big Boi are close to reuniting for the California desert event next April (14).
The duo has been on hiatus since 2007 following the release of their Idlewild film soundtrack.
Coachella has become famous for landing reunited headliners - the Pixies, Pavement and Rage Against the Machine all reformed for shows there, while the Stone Roses and Blur headlined this year's (13) event.
Married singers Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger avoid drinking alcohol and partying in nightclubs when they are apart in an effort to avoid temptation. The pop stars, who wed in July (13) after a whirlwind romance, have imposed strict rules on themselves as they prepare to head out on separate tours this winter (13), because they don't want to risk damaging the close bond they have shared since striking up a relationship in February, 2012.
Lavigne tells People magazine, "We don't go more than two weeks without seeing each other", while Nickelback frontman Kroeger says, "And we don't drink when we're apart... We don't want to go anywhere that you're asking for trouble."
However, the Sk8er Boi hitmaker admits the club ban can be a downer when she's ready to continue partying after a gig.
She confesses, "It sucks! But when you've got something special, you can't be careless with it."
Her rocker beau adds, "This is something we want to cherish and protect."
Kroeger insists they are happiest together, spending time alone at their home in Ontario, Canada, and, although they are keen to start a family, it won't be in the immediate future.
He says, "We both want (kids). We just need to find a time we're both at home to get around to it", and Lavigne chips in, "With this crazy lifestyle, you relish the time you can be quiet."
Former Outkast star Big Boi's wife has filed for divorce and requested sole custody of their 12-year-old child. Sherlita Patton filed the documents on Wednesday (02Oct13) stating the couple's 11-year marriage is "irretrievably broken," according to TMZ.com.
Big Boi, real name Antwan Andre Patton, and Sherlita were married in 2002 and have two children, aged 18 and 12.
Sherlita is also seeking child support, spousal support, a split of the marital assets and attorney's fees.
Rapper Drake had to work up "the nerve" to ask Jay Z if he could keep their new collaboration Pound Cake for himself after the hip-hop mogul almost included it on his latest album Magna Carta... Holy Grail. The Started From the Bottom hitmaker reveals he heard Jay Z's raw lyrics while working in the studio with his superstar wife Beyonce, and he immediately came up with beat ideas for the track.
Drake says, "I had the nerve to ask Jay if I could not only get that song from him, but if I could get the a capella because I had an idea for it. He sent me the two verses a capella - he told me, 'I never do this.'"
The 26 year old initially took the verses to his producer pal Noah '40' Shebib, but it was another beatmaker, Boi-1da, who came up with the winning sound - and it was then that Jay Z almost laid claim to the finished song.
Drake adds, "The beat brought the Jay verses to life. I sent the song back to Jay - and that was when it almost became a Jay Z song. But he's such a good guy, he was like, 'I gave you my word.' I don't know what I'd do without that guy sometimes, he's just full of gems and advice."
The track now features as part of the closing outro on Drake's new release, Nothing Was the Same.
Avril Lavigne is planning a love-in for her birthday on Friday (27Sep13) because she will be spending it with her husband of two months after a long absence. Nickelback star Chad Kroeger, who wed the singer in July (13), has been performing in South America and his new bride hasn't seen him for a while.
Speaking to E! News at the iHeartRadio Fest in Las Vegas, where she performed on Saturday (21Sep13), Lavigne admitted she cannot wait for the end of the week, when she will turn 29.
She says, "My husband is in South America for the Rock in Rio (festival) with Nickelback and is flying back to L.A. to meet me for my birthday. He gets in the morning of my birthday. We are going to be together. That's all I want for my birthday, I am really excited!"
The Sk8er Boi singer admits life on the road without her husband by her side has been difficult: "He travels a lot and I travel a lot so we just try our best to be together and support each other."
Rapper Big Boi is turning his love for a good pair of socks into a profitable business idea by launching his own collection. The Outkast star has been trying out his new Left Foot products for himself and he is excited to share the Crooks & Castles design collaboration with fans.
The Atlanta, Georgia native tells the Wall Street Journal, "They will be very colourful, you know. Some have images of pitbulls on them, also some with gold chains and medallions. A lot of different designs and very, very colourful. It reflects my personality. I can't wait for people to get them. I've been rocking (the socks) for a few weeks now, the samples. They're comfy."
And Big Boi insists his sock fetish is nothing new: "One of my passions has always been flip flops and socks. That's what we do down here in the South...
"If you go back a few years, me and (Outkast bandmate) Andre 3000 always be into socks, and such (sic). It's just part of your whole get up, part of your whole outfit. I just want to bring a fresh layer to it."
Rapper Big Boi has played down reports suggesting he is set to join the cast of British reality show Celebrity Big Brother, insisting he never gave producers an official answer. The Outkast star reportedly signed a $450,000 (£300,000) deal with network bosses at Channel 5 to appear in the fly-on-the-wall reality series, which will begin airing later this month (Aug13), but Big Boi claims the announcement he'll be a part of the show is premature.
In a statement issued to the Wall Street Journal, the hip-hop veteran explains: "They (Big Brother producers) reached out to my team a while back. I was on my way back from Canada, they started saying I was set to be on there... and it wasn't true."
However, Big Boi isn't ruling out the TV gig completely, adding: "I don't know. I've been on the road... They were talking to my team but I don't know what happened after that. I never said yes or no, ever."
If the rapper signs up for the show, he will join British celebrity contestants including Five singer Abz Love and model Sophie Anderton. Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is also reportedly on board for the 12th season of the series.
Big Boi wouldn't be the first hip-hop star to take part in Celebrity Big Brother - Coolio and singer Sisqo have both previously featured on the U.K. programme.