Since taking over Sony Music’s Epic Records in July, label chairman and X Factor judge L.A. Reid has been busy rebuilding the company’s image and roster, the mogul has reportedly made it a point to bring former LaFace act and beloved hip hop duo OutKast over to the label. The duo of Andre 3000 and Big Boi have not released an album together in five years.
“L.A. Reid has been busy erasing the company’s tarnished image and rebuilding its roster, which will soon include Outkast and Ciara, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter,” said Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter. “Reid has a long history with both acts, who were originally signed to his LaFace Records.”
Reid initially signed Outkast to LaFace in the 1990s. Group member Big Boi previously stated that there would be new Outkast music in 2012 and a signing to Epic would only further the chances of that music being released.