André 3000 quashes rumors of upcoming new album

André 3000 performing at the Sziget Festival, Budapest, August 2014

Speculation that the Outkast rapper was working on a new album arose in May 2018, when he unveiled "Me & My (To Bury Your Parents)" and "Look Ma No Hands" on Mother's Day.

In a recent interview with Broken Record podcast, André 3000 told host Rick Rubin that personal reasons have prevented him from working on a new project.

"I haven't been making much music, man. My focus is not there. My confidence is not there. I tinker a lot. I'll just go to a piano and sit my iPhone down and just record what I'm doing. Move my fingers around and whatever happens, but I haven't been motivated to do a serious project," he confessed, adding that "maybe my history is kind of handicapping in a way."

The musician, born André Benjamin, also shared that releasing one-off songs also hobbled his creativity, as instant criticism on social media discouraged him from sharing a larger project.

"Any little thing I put out, it's instantly attacked, not in a good or bad way. People nitpick it with a fine-tooth comb. 'Oh, he said that word!' And that's not a great place to create from and it makes you draw back. Maybe I don't have the confidence that I want, or the space to experiment like I used too," he further explained.

Although fans will have to wait a bit longer for a new solo studio opus, André 3000 recently appeared on Anderson .Paak's latest album, "Ventura," which arrived last April.

Additional guest collaborators include Smokey Robinson, Nate Dogg, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway and Sonyae Elise.

Last January, André 3000 also collaborated with James Blake for "Where's the Catch," which is featured on the English singer-songwriter's latest "Assume Form" album.