From the ATLien rapper of OutKast to the Funk Soul revisionist of his solo work, from acting in films like Semi-Pro and the forthcoming Battle In Seattle to unveiling his own Benjamin Bixby fashion line this fall, Andre Benjamin is the rare Hip Hop artist who simply refuses to be pigeonholed. In a series of interviews in Los Angeles and his native Atlanta, we spoke with the multi-talented Benjamin on a broad variety of topics ranging from his early artistic influences and the changes in the music scene over the past decade to sociopolitical consciousness in Hip Hop and his secret creative talent.

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