André 3000 to release solo album in early 2014

American hip-hop artist and one half of Outkast, André 3000 is reportedly prepping his long-awaited solo album, which has been talked about for many years.

Despite his bandmate Big Boi having released two studio LPs over the past few years, most recently with Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors in 2012, André has been a little bit quieter.

The rapper has recently been more involved with his film work, starring in an upcoming biopic of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. He even told Billboard last year that he was in no rush to record a solo effort.

Now it appears he’s had a burst of inspiration, with BET’s President of Programming and Specials Stephen Hill taking to Twitter to reveal that the musician has disclosed to him in interview that he indeed has a solo album coming “top of the year”.

The record would technically be André’s first official solo outing, if you discredit The Love Below (featuring as part of an Outkast double album in 2003). It’ll also be André 3000′s first full-length release since his band’s 2006 offering Idlewild.

[via CoS]