André 3000 has been named an influence and inspiration for many in the hip hop game, but specifically for Atlanta artists who idolize his work in Outkast and his solo projects. Despite being born and raised in the ATL, however, Young Thug is not one of those people. In fact, he claims he’s never even paid the “Hey Ya!” rapper any mind.
During an episode of T.I’s “ExpediTIously” podcast, the Paper Trail emcee likened Thugger’s fashion sense to André 3000 and was met with a moment of honesty. “I can’t rap you two André 3000 songs,” Thug said. “I ain’t never paid attention to him. Never in my life.”
Though he admitted a song between him and Three Stacks “would be crazy,” he noted his belief that it would be harder to get André 3000 on a track than it was to secure his Elton John collaboration. “The difference between Elton John and Andre is Elton John like to kiss ass, Andre likes his ass kissed,” Thug explained. “He’s just more of a fan type of nigga, to the point I’m like, ‘Nigga, let’s do music!’ He’s like, ‘Nigga, bet,’” he continued, adding the Outkast member would probably refer him to his secretary.
In 2018, André praised Thug’s courage and confident approach to music.
“He’s exciting,” he told Complex. “There’s no box. He’s all over the place. To do those things he does, you have to have big fuckin’ balls. It’s almost harder than the guy who’s portraying hard, you know? It’s kind of mind-fucking people. It’s saying, ‘Don’t get too comfortable with me.’ That’s one of my mottos: Don’t let people get too comfortable with what you’re doing.”
But despite André’s comments and their similarities in style —something Erykah Badu also noticed — Thug seems to disagree with T.I. calling Three Stacks an ally to hip hop artists in Atlanta. “He’s who ally? Yeah fuckin right. Why you don’t rap like him? You don’t talk like him, dress like him, look like him. You ain’t trying to portray none of that,” he told. T.I.