In an interview with The Fader, Andre 3000 discussed a wide variety of hot topics ranging from the prospects of a new OutKast album, his thoughts on Chris Brown‘s plight, and feeling inspired by Drake. The ‘Stankonia’ rapper had some very interesting words to say about the Canadian born actor-turned-rapper and his placement in hip-hop’s hierarchy.
Also, what was the real reason behind novice rapper J. Cole taking his place in the music video for Bouncy‘s ‘Party’?
Find out below in excerpts from his tea spilling interview after the jump and sound-off below.
On why he wanted to appear on Chris Brown’s remix to “Deuces”: ”Of course I love the beat, but at that time a lot of people were on Chris Brown as a human being. And I know he’d gone through his troubles or whatever and I just was like—I just wanted to stand by him and be like, Hey, you know, you can’t really charge a man forever and condemn a man forever. So it’s really just like a support thing. I thought it was a cool thing to do.”
On being inspired by newcomers like Drake: ”Now I talk to Drake, and I know he had to be like 10 when he was listening to what we were doing. You just never know who’s listening until you hear a connection. I didn’t even know Drake dug my music, I just liked him as a rapper because I felt he had a balance. I didn’t even know that he grew up listening to me. But it’s cool to know that it’s a real lineage thing. I’m happy to see Kanye and Wayne and Drake and all these new artists. They inspire me in a way because they reach back and they say, ‘Hey, we want to get you on these songs.’”
On hip-hop’s new generation: ”None of us old guys have new flows. None of us. The young guys have the new flows. The only thing that we have is years of experience. That’s all we have.”
Does writing come easy to you now? ”I write all the time. Like I write down thoughts that I think would be interesting or things that are kind of just concerning me at the time. Sometimes I write them on a napkin, sometimes I type them in my phone. And when it comes time to do music, I go through and see what thoughts work for this song.”
Are you writing them in rhyme form? Or are they notes? ”Both. Sometimes they’re in rhyme and sentence, and sometimes they’re just a thought. Sometimes it’s a melody. With phones now they have the recorder on it, so I can sing melodies or I can say lyrics right into my phone.”
Any time you do a guest verse its treated like audio gold. Does that put pressure on you? ”I hate to be in that place, but it’s a blessing and a curse because I love to be asked to do these things. Now people judge every word so strongly. Even if it’s just an okay verse, they’ll say this and that. I hate when that happens. I guess the novelty of it is more exciting than what’s actually there.”
Read the full interview HERE.