Andre 3000 says he wanted to put out a solo album, reveals why he left spotlight

  /  10.30.2017

Fans of Andre 3000 have always wanted a solo rap album from the Outkast member – and in a new interview, the multi-talented creator says he wanted the same.

While speaking with GQ, Andre 3000 said that while he’s happy with the legacy he has made with fellow Outkast member Big Boi, that he would regret it if he died without putting out a solo record.

“[I]f I were to drop dead right now, honestly, we’ve done it. And that’s the truth. You know what I mean? Here’s the only thing that I would regret: Man, you know, there is still that album that you wanted to do.,” Andre said, adding that he wanted to do it for his “personal [satisfaction].” He gave further context by connecting it with his thoughts surrounding his father’s death: “Whoa, he died in his house alone. And I wondered: Had he done everything he wanted to do?”

Andre said that when he passes away, “people will find hours and hours of files.”

“It’s hard drives of me just in the house alone playing horrible guitar. Me playing piano. Me playing a little sax. I was trying to find out: What can I be excited about?” he explained. “Because I never was, to me, a great producer or a great writer or a great rapper. I always felt that I was less than everybody else, so I fought harder. My only gauge to know when something was good was how I felt it. Like, Oh, man, this is dope. Or, This is new. So I got to a place where nothing excited me. I kept trying and pushing and pushing.

“… I never totally dedicated myself to anything,” Andre 3000 added. “I’ve always been a jack-of-no-trades, but just making it happen: You know, play guitar just enough to play on The Love Below. Play piano just enough to do “Ms. Jackson.” My first chords were “Hey Ya!””

Andre then said that he “hates going to the studio,” but that he’s exciting producing for other artists. Despite standout cameos for the likes of Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, Solange and A Tribe Called Quest that dropped in 2016, he insists that he no longer has “the pulse,” repeating previous sentiments he’s said.

“Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I’m not on the pulse. I can’t pretend,” he said. “It’s kinda like watching your uncle dance. So the only thing I can do is this kind of novelty, off thing for them.”

Earlier in the interview, Andre 3000 explained why he left the spotlight after the mega success of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Outkast’s diamond-selling album from 2003. Before the album dropped, he says he was diagnosed with a social condition that made him nervous around people.

“I don’t know if it’s the shock of all kind of people coming up to you, or the expectations, but I got to this place where it was hard for me to be in public without feeling watched or really nervous,” he said. “… I never told my crew for a long time, so I just started getting to myself. Spending more time with myself and stopped touring. And it felt great for me to do that, because it’s like, Phew, I don’t like that life, I don’t like that confrontation.

He said that nervousness continued during the “Hey Ya!” music video, and for his lauded performance of the song at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“[If you’re watching the “Hey Ya!” video or that performance, I was really nervous. So it made me just move really fast,” he explained. “In the “Hey Ya” video, I didn’t make that shit up like a routine or anything. They were just like, Go! And I’m like, All right. Fuck. [moves fast] And of course that’s what people responded to. And I hated it. So after those times, it was like, All right, I’m done.

While many of Andre 3000’s fans will always ask about his musical endeavors, he has much more than music to talk about. Andre shares touching memories with his mother and his father, the public perception of him as a clean-cut person, and his fashion projects with Tretorn and what he hopes to become a line of Anita Baker t-shirts.

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