- André 3000 has thoughts on the state of fame today
- He feels bad for celebrities now
- THIS is what he had to say about how things have changed
André 3000, the lyrical genius behind OutKast, is serving up some piping hot insights into the celebrity world, and it's not all champagne and red carpets! The rapper, fresh off the release of his latest album 'New Blue Sun' got candid about the struggles of living in the limelight.
André's feelings on past and present:
"I love that it’s happened," he admits, but quickly adds, "But now that I’m at a certain level, I miss certain things about normalcy." The star, known for hits like "Hey Ya!" and "Ms. Jackson," is feeling for his fellow celebs, especially those with kids who can't escape the paparazzi's relentless gaze. "That's a wack-ass life, man," he declares. Talk about a reality check!
"A lot of my contemporaries, I actually feel bad for them. Because we got children, and sometimes some of these people can’t even go out without having paparazzi follow them. It’s like, that’s a wack-ass life, man. […] [That part of] being famous really sucks, man. It’s so unhuman"
It's not all doom and gloom, though. Three Stacks reminisced about the good old days with Big Boi, revealing the duo's humble beginnings and their "rapper's prayer" for success.
But be careful what you wish for, because André notes that fame brought challenges they weren't ready for, like not being able to "take their kids to the park to play." It's a classic case of "you want what you want, 'til you don't want it."
The secret flute virtuoso
And just when you thought you knew everything about him, he pulls out another surprise. André 3000 has been moonlighting as a flute maestro! That's right, he's been secretly lending his wind instrument skills to tracks from "known artists" under pseudonyms. Talk about a stealthy side hustle!
But why the secrecy? André explains he's been trying to figure out how to share his passion for the flute without turning into a musical disappearance case. He's been playing in nature, on the streets, and fans have even been remixing his impromptu performances into beats. How cool is that?
There are, in fact, no identifiable vocals at all in the album. It is a record built almost entirely around woodwind instruments, full of long, winding songs with long, winding titles. It’s a delicate, whimsical document that is basically New Age music for an age that hasn’t quite dawned yet.
He's changed in many ways
"I’ve worked with some of the newest, freshest, youngest, and old-school producers. I get beats all the time. I try to write all the time," he tells 'GQ' magazine.
"Even now people think, Oh, man, he’s just sitting on raps, or he’s just holding these raps hostage. I ain’t got no raps like that. It actually feels…sometimes it feels inauthentic for me to rap because I don’t have anything to talk about in that way. I’m 48 years old," he confessed.
"And not to say that age is a thing that dictates what you rap about, but in a way it does. And things that happen in my life, like, what are you talking about? ‘I got to go get a colonoscopy.’ What are you rapping about? ‘My eyesight is going bad.’ You can find cool ways to say it, but…"
It sounds like he's ready to turn a new leaf in his music, and we are all here for it when 'New Blue Sun' drops!