Andre 3000 Explains How He Picks Collaborations

Andre 3000 reveals what it takes for him to dole out an elusive guest verse for another artist.

Since Outkast released Idlewild in 2006, Andre 3000's output has been noticeably rare, with only a few guest verses dropping here and there. Speaking with The FADER, Three Stacks explained what it takes for him to hop on a track with another artist and how it all comes down to the music when he's deciding where to toss a 16.

"Most of the time it has to be the music. The music has to kinda move me in some kind of way. Sometimes it’s emotionally, sometimes it’s just being there supporting another person," he explained. "Even the Chris Brown remix [for "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."

Echoing earlier statements that he's hoping to release his solo album in 2012, Andre emphasized how now is the time to get the wheels turning on the oft-delayed LP. The ATLien notes that he has to put out his ideas because if he doesn't, then someone else will execute the same concepts.

"I’m actually putting myself on deadlines more than ever. I don’t have someone policing that. Even in Outkast there were no police. But now it’s just time. I’m at a place now where my deadline is my own self. I’m looking at it like, Okay, I don’t want to be like 40 years old and to haven’t done this album. And I don’t have a sense of time. When people say, Man, we haven’t heard from you in like five years, or seen you, to me, it feels like a year. I don’t have a good sense of time, but I do know I’m not a spring chicken anymore. I have to get my ideas out before I just let them go away. That’s how ideas work. All the songs are written, we all just get them as gifts. And if you don’t act upon your ideas they’ll go to somebody else. I’ve seen so many ideas that I just sat on that other people have done years later, and I’m like, Wow, I could have done that. I just didn’t do it."

Read the full interview at TheFADER.com.

RELATED: Andre 3000 Dismisses Outkast Reunion Album Rumors, Hopes To Release Solo LP In 2012

 

 

53 Comments

  • RUFUS

    NIGGA SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! YOU DID A SONG WITH MOTHAFUCKIN HO ASS KE$HA AND YOU TALKIN ABOUT HOW THE SONG GOTTA MOVE YOU AND SHIT!! YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T EVEN FUCK KE$HA EITHER BITCH

  • Its Um

    I know about having ideas that been sat on and now someone else is doing them.

  • AM

    I'm confused on a lot of the "he's soft or wack or overrated or whatever" talk. His recent output was 50/50 for me. The Gorillaz track was pretty dope. I Do was cool. Even looking back a few years - Royal Flush was dope. I mean not everything a person jumps on will be 100% dope. It's not that big of a deal, especially when every rap fan alive has at least a light interest in whether he will even release a new album this year. If he puts out a wack record, THEN I can see him being written off. But I just don't see that happening. And dude is rich - he's still getting paid from all those Outkast records, writing and producing. I haven't seen anything saying he (or Big Boi) need more money. I'm sure he's living comfortably - so you can pick and choose....just to keep your name/face out there. 95% of rappers can't really afford to do that financially or artistically.

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  • YESSIR

    Been waiting for a minute 3000

  • YESSIR

    HE GOT KILLED ON DRAKE ALBUM AND WAYNE ALBUM HE LOVES YMCMB

    • anon

      correction dumbass, while drake was crying like a bitch, andre 3k was shredding that beat you dickriding faggot.

  • j dilla jr

    did outkast work with the late 2pac? any one know?

    • Anonymous

      southernplayalisticcadillacmusik came out in 94 and tupac died in 96....its a valid question the only reason i can think of u wantin 2 diss him would be that back then anythin comin out of the south was overlooked and not considered 2 be hiphop

    • So Firey Boy

      No. And for some reason, I really want to diss you for asking that question, but something is telling me you a young'un.

  • Anonymous

    play the guitar with b.o.b. is one of the corniest songs of the year

    • Anonymous

      c'mon man. didn't you just want to sit on a college campus, under a tree and sing that song high as hell?

  • Anonymous

    My God I hope he keeps his word when he says he'll drop it this year. Nigga's been keeping us waiting so long.

  • YADIG

    DRAKE BEEN FUCKING ME IN MY EAR DRUMS, THAT'S WHY I CAN'T TELL THAT YMCMB IS THE FUCKING NSYNC OF RAP, JUSTIN BIEBER SWAG ALL DAY.

    • Anonymous

      Epic comment fail: when someone types gay things at someone you have never met in your life. YOU SHARED WITH THE WORLD WHAT WAS ON YOUR MIND BEFORE PRESSING THE BUTTON, not THEM.

  • So icy Boi!

    I stay puttin this young money dick in my mouth, birdman just jizzed in my mouth shit taste like lemonade. Swag.

  • So Icy Boi!

    da worst rapper from New York. diz Andre nigga cant rap...... East Coast Rap iz dead. itz all bout Southern Rap & YMCMB. swag

  • Jacob

    This guy is soo damn overrated.. He started that tight pants fag swag trend.. Fuk outkast

    • ETK

      he didn't start shit, he wasn't relevant enough to start the trend. wash your ass and stop talking out of it

  • IDAHO

    Holy crap. Teh wimpy brother from 4 brothers is a rapper? Since when?

  • Anonymous

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  • imTravi

    The full interview explains a lot that we needed answers on, Andre is still the best and I cannot wait to hear the solo

  • buckeyewu

    How can anyone hate on Andre? Wow. Big Boi's solo album was better than I expected. Im sure Andre's will be dope as well.

  • Anonymous

    andre decides what song to do by whatever pays most. every song hes done since the love below has been trendy sellout shit for a check. thats cool, but dont act like these beats are moving you. if they are, you got horrible taste and the solo is sure to suck. that recent gorillaz song fucking blows. so did deuces. and everything else hes been on since the love below, other than devin the dudes what a job. working with chris brown, drake, gorillaz, all sellout dick suck industry shit for a check. i personally think the only reaspn hes looking to drop music now is because his acting career has dried up big time. everyone swears hes the nicest, lets see if hes still got the drawing power he had before bowing out with the love below. idlewild was his idea and it flopped. lets wait and see. curious to hear the solo, not holding my breath.

    • ETK

      if you exhausted, there's the X button homie. you're right in the middle of this pussy foot fag shit, lmao. and you're deluded with the dick suck bullshit, you probably seen me in like five articles and assume whatever BS you're sayin. I'm not sayin you need to love everything from a rapper you like, I'm sayin you're not in tune with what has been his style for several years now. how long you gonna keep either lyin to yourself or stay a frustrated 'kast fan, sure you can "wait" for him to "turn around" but I think you'll be waitin in the cold for a long time. suit yourself fam

    • Anonymous

      youre talkin in circles. i checked this article because i'm an outkast/andre 3000/big boi fan. i think andres recent output is corny trash. i think hes a terrible actor whos been in some terrible movies. if you like a rapper you gotta like everything they do? i cant voice displeasure with a favroties recent disappointing output? GTFO and you really do nothing other than dick suck rappers and defend rappers on dx all day, change your name or something its disgusting. i see ETK and i know its gonna be some pussy foot fag shit fighting ppl on the net for difference of opinion. im citing the stuff he did in 08 because its not like he has a ton of appearances since then. i actually keep up on the guy hoping to see some kinda turn around, im well informed, you really should start having comments of your own and stop letting every comment you dont like turn into a back n forth. its exhausting.

    • ETK

      this ain't about me, considering you can't even get it right. I'll criticize on some MCs, what I don't do is be a pansy that goes on articles of rappers I hate and trash talk them.. that's a bigger waste of time than anything else you can call yourself a fan if you want, but this self-entitlement mentality isn't gonna work on me, this "I'm a true fan cause I hate some of his shit and am not a dickrider" that's only true sometimes. you're citing work he did a while ago - like that john legend track which came in fuckin 08 man. now you're sayin you're a fan of outkast, and that sounds more believable, than "I fucks with andre I'm just gonna shit on half of his solo work and his movies"

    • Anonymous

      thanks for reminding me to listen to what a job, havent heard that one in a while

    • Anonymous

      ^^ you do nothing but dickride and defend rappers on dx all day long man. last outkast album came out what, 10 years ago? yeah, i was a fan back in the day, when they still made music as outkast. i think andres recent shit is ass, thats my opinion, which is just as valid as yours or anyone elses. you dx faggots and dickriders really fall in love with these niggas to the point of blindness. robert de niro is one of the greatest actors ever. robert de niros recent movies are fucking terrible. understand how this works? i'm still a bobby d fan, i'm just not dickriding everything he does on some right of passage shit.

    • ETK

      you no fan homie. cause you think your opinion is suddenly relevant cause you used to bump outkast back in the day. then you hatin on 3/4 of the last shit he's done. fuck outta here. when you have to make a laundry list of what's wack in a nigga, you're NOT A FAN no more. move on and grow a pair.

    • Anonymous

      look at all these sensitive dick sucks. im not familiar with andres work? really? thats why im able to give critical analysis of everything hes done? last full project he was a part of? IDLEWILD. awful, complete piece of shit. movie was terrible, soundtrack was terrible. i actually think im more of a fan cuz i dont dickride everything he does. i think its wack how he went missing and left big boi out to dry to go star in wack movies with wack perfomances. that deuces shit was wack, the song with the gorillaz was wack, that john legend track where hes rapping in a martini glass was very gay and very wack. been 10 years since he wrote the final track on the love below, that was the last time andre 3k really impressed me, a huge outkast fan since southerplayalisticcadillacfunkymuzik. im a fan, anybody that got mad at my original comment needs to get off the dick and start looking at things objectively. ill listen to the album ASAP like all of you, please STFU, we can talk again when it happens.

    • Willy

      Every guest verse he has done has arguably been the best verse on the song. I only say arguably because Tech goes hard on the Carter IV. When he chooses to do a verse, whether it be for money or not, that verse is great. Like someone said earlier, he is an established artist who has earned the right to do what ever song he wants to do. Especially if the shit HE puts on the track is fire. Who gives a fuck who he works with.

    • Mr Flamboyant

      (regarding the first anonymous nigga who everyone's replying) LOL man stupid is as stupid does. Prick comes on here as if he knows anything and then gets to saying the most idiotic shit ever. Go piss on an electric piss, bitch ass nigga. Eat a dick.

    • Anonymous

      Did he have sex with your mom? What's with all the hate? So lets say that he does choose his songs based on who will pay him the most.....and? Are you an idiot? Give the guy more credit. He'a a well established, intelligent artist. I think he's stashed away enough cash to build himself a bit of a nest egg you jack ass.

    • Nicca

      SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU LITTLE UNDERGROUND WORSHIPING, CORNY LITTE WHITE BOY. I'm not even a fan of this dude but I'm sick of stupid comments like these. NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT MONEY YOU LITTLE FAGGOT. He just jumped on the songs BECAUSE HE LIKED THEM. Not everyone is an elitist underground hiphop fan like you. People have their own tastes....Same with Nas. These people are already rich, they do what the fuck they want to do. FUCK YOU STUCK UP LITTLE WHITE BOY PUSSIES TRYING TO TELL US WHAT OUR CULTURE IS. FUCK THE 90'S IT'S 2012, FUCK THE UNDERGROUND. GET OFF THIS DICK

    • whyyoumadbro?

      Calm down kid. You are hating way to hard right now. Obviously you haven't listened to 3k's music throughout his career because all of the songs he's jumped on have had the same vibe as his regular stuff. Its not like he has to do this...He is rich as fuck. His net worth is upwards 30 million dollars...

  • Anonymous

    its gonna be straight murder .. hip-hop is BACK

  • Anonymous

    Translation: I pick songs at random and I'm just a slacker...

  • Anonymous

    Lets Go 3 Stacks where da fuck u at?

  • YADIG

    THIS GUY IS A STRAIGHT UP LOSER.. WACK ASS OVERRATED ASS NIGGA 5 LETTERS: YMCMB

    • Willy

      Funny... The best verse on Wayne's latest album was done by this "loser".

    • Mr Flamboyant

      Don't feed the troll. He's already full off of semen and all the dick he can handle. 5 Letters: UAFAG

    • kyle

      straight up loser is right 5 letters who the fuck came up with that shit just as lame as yung joc announcing 2nd verse. all i know is the whole YMCMB walk around with loose assholes

    • Anonymous

      I was just about to respond to this weak ass shit, but you know what? When 3 Stacks drops, YMCMB will be takin' a break against their will...now swallow that one.

  • Tookacnlteamd

    the #1 lyricist and McCee has spoken

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