André 3000

Aug
27
André 3000 Talks New Album, Coachella, & Battling Depression

André 3000

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.

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Jul
4
André 3000 Stars as Jimi Hendrix in ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ [Trailer]

André 3000

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.

Watch the official trailer below.

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Apr
17
New Music: Future f/ André 3000 – ‘Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)’

Future and André 3000

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.

Take their funky collabo for a spin below.

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Apr
12
OutKast Returns to the Stage at Coachella

OutKast

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.

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Mar
5
First Look: André 3000 Is Jimi Hendrix in ‘All Is By My Side’

André 3000

Prepare to see much more of André 3000 in the coming months. In addition to the OutKast reunion, the reclusive rapper stars as Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic All Is By My Side, which follows the rock legend in the years prior to his fame.

Following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, the first footage from the film has surfaced online. It shows André asking Linda Keith (played by Imogen Poots) to join him at the 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 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.

All Is By My Side will make its U.S. premiere at South By Southwest, which kicks off March 7 in Austin, Tx.

Watch the OutKast icon channel the rock legend in the clip below.

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Jan
16
T-Pain Eyes André 3000, Rihanna for ‘Up Down’ Remix

T-Pain has some big names lined up for his next T-Mix. While his single “Up Down (Do This All Day)” continues to burn up the airwaves, the Auto-Tune King has revealed the potential guest list for the remix and it includes André 3000 and Rihanna.

He has already had a phone call with the OutKast rapper. “It was amazing just talking to him ’cause that’s like my idol,” T-Pain told Rap-Up TV. “He really set my pace for music and just seeing that he does whatever he wants and don’t care what nobody say, how he dresses and stuff like that, that’s something that you can’t take away from an artist once they become a real artist.”

So he was naturally nervous when they finally spoke. “I was scared to talk to him,” he admitted. “I didn’t know what to do. I was texting him for a while because I felt like if I heard his voice I wouldn’t know what to say. But then I stopped being a pu**y and just fu**ing talked to him. It was a regular god damn conversation.”

He also hopes to grab Rihanna, who was recently seen twerking to the song backstage at her tour.

“I’m thinking about getting Rihanna on it, but if she don’t wanna f**k with it, then you know. Everybody else just seems really excited already,” he said.

While RiRi is not confirmed, B.o.B has already recorded a new verse, and other guests include 2 Chainz and Snoop Dogg. He previewed part of the remix on Instagram.

Jan
13
OutKast to Play Over 40 Festival Dates

OutKast

OutKast is making a return to the stage in a big way. Not only will the hip-hop duo reunite at Coachella and the Governors Ball, but they have also revealed plans for over 40 tour dates.

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