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Janelle Monae: I Didn’t Like the Coachella Crowd

Janelle MonaeJanelle Monae didn't like the audience at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

The "Tightrope" singer joined OutKast on stage to sing with Big Boi at the event in Indio, California last month, and while critics claimed the show failed to live up to expectations but Janelle blames the crowd.

"I didn't like that Coachella audience. I'm happy I got to CounterPoint [Music Festival] in Georgia, because those were real festival-goers, in my opinion," she said.

Janelle joined Andre 3000 at the CounterPoint Music Festival to dance on stage during "Hey Ya!" last weekend and gushed about the band who have reunited onstage after a near decade-long hiatus: "That is my favorite duo, favorite rap group ever invented. They were in their time travel machine and they came back to see us, and I think we should all be grateful that they came back. The music is more fun, and lives are enriched with those two ATLiens performing. They're also great friends of mine, so it's great to see your friends do what they love doing and get the love and support they need."


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OutKast Recording Solo Records

OutKastOutKast stars Big Boi and Andre 3000 are working on solo albums.

The group's producer Mr. DJ has revealed the pair are at Stankonia Studios in Atlanta recording material for their own projects and not an OutKast album, after the duo announced they will reform to play 40 festivals this year. Mr. DJ told Revolt TV that Andre 3000 is set to release his debut solo album in coming months, while Big Boi is working on his third solo LP, the follow-up to 2012's Dangerous Lies and Vicious Rumors.

The producer suspects the duo, who are kicking off their tour by headlining Coachella in California this April, will reunite after the gigs and plan new material. "I get the feeling that the energy and camaraderie from the tour will bring everything full circle. We may make it back in for an album following that," he explained.

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OutKast Set to Reunite at Coachella

OutKastOutKast is set to reunite at Coachella 2014.

Producer Rico Wade has confirmed Andre 3000 and Big Boi will be gracing the stage at this year's festival after a seven-year hiatus. Rico told music website Stereogum that he wants his cousin, rapper Future, to join the pair at their reunion in California in April.

"As we bide our time in the lobby, he [Rico] affably spills the beans about unreleased Andre 3000 solo songs from a decade ago and his hopes to score Future a cameo during OutKast's reunion sets at Coachella. Eventually he pulls out his iPhone and plays me a Future/Andre collaboration he produced called 'Benz Bitch' that's earmarked for Honest [Future's next LP]. It's yet another side of Future and one rarely heard: brainy, libidinous space-age funk mined from Stankonia's dankest caverns, an homage to his Dungeon Family roots," the article reads.

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Big Boi Wants Outkast Reunion

Big BoiBig Boi is planning to reunite Outkast in 2014. The rapper has been speaking with bandmate Andre 3000 about getting back together to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik - released in 1994.

In an interview with Power 106 radio in Los Angeles, he explained, "We been kind of discussing some things. Once we map it out, we'll make an announcement. But we'll see."

Although he'd love to celebrate the band's 20-year milestone, Big Boi is content with the group's success so far even if they don't move forward. "It's 20 years, man. We started out at 15, 16 years old. We made our first album when we were 17 years old. Twenty-five million records later, seven Grammys, I feel great," he explained.

The "Hey Ya" hitmakers released six albums in the span of 12 years. Their last record, 2006's Idlewild, reached number two on the US Billboard album charts and was certified platinum.

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Drake Respects Women With His Raps

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Hip-Hop & Rap

Drake and his motherDrake tries not to offend women with his raps out of respect for his mother. The "Make Me Proud" rapper was raised largely by his mother by after she and his father split when he was young, and she taught him to always treat the opposite sex with utmost respect.

"My mother made me truly appreciate women. I obviously make sex-driven, darker, sexier music, but I try not to offend women. It's not in my character. And my father was basically a reverse-role model for me. I'm dying to be a great dad one day, whenever that day comes. Other than that, it was hard just growing up with my mom and watching her fight for me to have a good childhood. It was tough to watch."

The 25-year-old rapper claims his wordplay and musical approach have been greatly influenced by Kanye West and Outkast's Andre 3000, who he feels changed the boundaries of rap in the last decade:

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