With the film now in theaters, André Benjamin continued his promo tour in support of the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. Following appearances on “Ellen” and “Queen Latifah,” the OutKast rapper stopped by “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Thursday. He admitted to being nervous about taking on the role, and even had doubts while he was filming.
“There was times when I was like, ‘Man, I think I’ve done more than I can handle,’” said Dre.
He didn’t discover the rocker until his late teens/early 20s after watching Apocalypse Now. “As a black kid, I grew up on rap and all that kind of stuff, so Hendrix was just like an image, like this wild, big-haired image,” he said. “I didn’t know anything about guitars either ’cause when I was coming up, you just didn’t see black people with guitars.”
Plus, find out the “blooper” Letterman noticed that had André laughing.
After attending the premiere earlier in the week, the reclusive André Benjamin stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday to promote the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side.
One of the greatest challenges he faced while preparing for the role was learning to play guitar left-handed. “I had to make it look like I had been playing that way for years, which is hard,” said the OutKast rapper.
He admired Hendrix’s confidence, but surprisingly lacks confidence in himself. “I’m not really confident in my talents in that way,” admitted Dre. “The only thing I’m confident in is knowing that I’m excited about new things.”
In honor of OutKast’s 20th anniversary tour, Ellen presented him with a custom jumpsuit like the ones he’s been wearing on stage.
As their festival run winds down, OutKast will headline a three-day stint at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park on September 26-28 with special guests Kid Cudi, B.o.B, Solange, Janelle Monáe, 2 Chainz, and Childish Gambino.
André 3000 aka André Benjamin made a rare appearance at the premiere of the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side in Hollywood last night. Donning denim with an orange beanie and white sunglasses, the reclusive rapper spoke to reporters on the red carpet and posed with director John Ridley and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.
Benjamin plays the iconic rock guitarist in the film, which follows Hendrix in the years prior to his fame. “I learned his humility, I learned his cockiness, I learned his shyness, I learned the other side of everything I did not know before we did the film,” he told Hollywood Today.
While there are currently no plans for another OutKast album, he did toy with the idea of an OutKast biopic.
“It would be great to make an OutKast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy—like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” he said. As for who would play him? “We should cast somebody stupid—like Leonardo [DiCaprio].”
In April, OutKast launched its 20th anniversary tour at Coachella. Since then, André 3000 and Big Boi have traveled the world, performing at over 40 festivals including OVO Fest, Lollapalooza, and Wireless Festival.
In his first interview since the tour started, the reclusive André spoke to The New York Times about his absence from music, battling depression, and returning to the stage.
André, who is producing a song for Aretha Franklin’s upcoming album, addressed the poor reviews from opening night at Coachella. “They actually got André Benjamin the first night [at Coachella], and I clearly saw they don’t want André Benjamin,” he said. “He loves what he’s done, but I hate cages, and sometimes nostalgia is a cage.”
He was also optimistic about releasing a new solo album. While there is no timeline, he said that the tour has reignited his interest in music.
Plus, he opened up about being a father to his 16-year-old son Seven, the advice that Prince gave him, and his role as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side, which opens on September 26.
Eight years after starring in Idlewild, André Benjamin aka André 3000 returns to the big screen in Jimi: All Is By My Side. The reclusive OutKast rapper plays the legendary Jimi Hendrix in the revealing biopic, directed by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave).
The film, co-starring Hayley Atwell and Imogen Poots, documents a year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his big debut at London’s Monterey Pop Festival.
In an interview with the AP, André explained how he prepared for the role. “I didn’t look at him as an icon because when you’re in it, you don’t know that you’re an icon,” he said. “I would just say, ‘What would Jimmy want people to know that they can’t get off of YouTube?’”
The film, which opened at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, does not feature any of Hendrix’s music because his estate did not allow it. Instead, André will perform covers of the Beatles, Elvis, Muddy Waters, and the Troggs.
Jimi: All Is By My Side hits theaters on September 26.
Fresh off the OutKast reunion, a solo André 3000 reconnects with his Dungeon Family partner Future on “Benz Friendz (Whatchutola),” a cut off the latter’s album Honest, due Tuesday. The Atlanta rappers go back and forth, venting about a girl who’s only interested in the materialistic things.
“I told that bitch I don’t give a fu*k about a Benz, bitch / And I don’t want no bitch who need to have that kind of friendship,” spits Three Stacks over the bouncy beat.
They performed the song for the first time during OutKast’s reunion at Coachella over the weekend.
Honest, which is now available to stream, also features collaborations with Kanye West, Drake, and Lil Wayne.
In honor of their 20th anniversary, OutKast reunited on stage at Coachella for their first performance in seven years. Big Boi and the elusive André 3000 closed out the first day of the three-day festival in Indio, Calif. with a 90-minute set, their first of 40+ performances scheduled this year.