Outkast’s ‘Idlewild’ Bumped To Next Year
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 said 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.” (Gail Mitchell, N.Y. and Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. billboard)