Following the release of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast had the chance to perform at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. The pair had two mega-hits in “Hey Ya” and “The Way You Move” and a plethora of mainstream cache, but alas it was not meant to be.
The reason why? Andre 3000.
While discussing his favorite performance with Outkast (the NBA All-Star game in '04) at a sporting event on ESPN’s The Dan LeBatard show, Big Boi dropped the bombshell that they could have played the big game, too.
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So, why did 3 Stacks nix the halftime gig? The answer lies in the amount of time they would have been granted. In order to perform both of their singles during the set, they would have had to shorten the songs by cutting out sections, but Andre didn’t want to do that.
“[Andre] didn’t want to cut the songs, he wanted to do the full songs,” Big Boi explained. “He said, 'Nah, can’t do it.”
As many viewers, and a CBS executive or two, remember, Super Bowl XXXVIII featured the infamous Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake "wardrobe malfunction." Would Nipplegate still have occurred if Outkast was on the bill, or might it have been Kid Rock’s set that would have been cut? We'll never know.
Despite pleading with him to reconsider (and Big says he tried), Andre wouldn’t budge and thus a huge opportunity was missed. To date, only a handful of rappers have rocked the Super Bowl halftime show, including Nelly and Diddy.
Outkast almost added this achievement to their historic career, but sadly Andre just wouldn’t compromise his vision for anybody.