If you’re anticipating new music from Andre’ 3000, don’t hold your breath.
The legendary ATLien and one-half of iconic duo, Outkast, has confirmed what most of us already knew but refused to accept.
During a recent interview with Complex while conducting a photo shoot for a new campaign with Tretorn shoes, Three Stacks gave some insight on where he currently stand with music. André was recently appointed Tretorn’s creative director and is the face of the company’s Fall 2017 campaign.
Now 42, Andre’ Benjamin acknowledges that he’s not the same being he was as a younger MC, resigned to pass the torch to younger rappers.
“Rapping is like being a boxer,” André said. “No matter how great you are or were at a certain time, the older you get, the slower you get—I don’t care who you are. And I can feel that coming on. There’s always a new wave of artists, and sometimes I’m just like, ‘I’m good. I’ll let the young guys do it.’ And whenever they reach out and say, ‘Hey, let’s try something,’ I’m with helping them. I’m doing it more for them than for my own self. I don’t get much happiness from doing music like that—I get happiness from pleasing who I’m working with, and helping them, and seeing them be excited.”
Circuitous rumors of a new Outkast album or a solo project from Andre’ never seem to cease. However, Dre’ doesn’t see that coming, stating that he doesn’t see himself rapping into his 50’s. Meanwhile, his Outkast mate, Big Boi, continues to churn out new music, releasing his Boomiverse album this June.
“I kind of like not being a part of [rap], now that I’ve done it,” he said. “As I get older, I start to see myself move more back from it — the hustle and bustle of putting out an album, the pressure of being in the studio trying to come up with something. Now it’s more like a hobby for me, so I don’t think about it in that way. Even with Outkast — if we never do another album, I’m totally fine with that. When I was 25, I said I don’t want to be a 30-year-old rapper. I’m 42 now, and I feel more and more that way. Do I really want to be 50 years old up there doing that? When I watch other rappers that are my age I commend them, but I just wonder where the inspiration is coming from. At this stage I’m really more focused on what I am going to be doing 10 years from now. And I hope to God it won’t be rapping.”