Andre 3000 Hopes To God He Won’t Be Rapping In 10 Years


(AllHipHop News) Andre 3000 has hinted he may disappear from the music business as he no longer enjoys making rap music anymore.

The hip-hop star was one half of duo Outkast alongside Big Boi from 1991 to 2006, when the pair went their separate ways, though they have reunited for several shows since then.

Both men also launched successful solo careers, with Andre releasing hits including “Hey Ya!” and “Roses,” but in a new interview the 42-year-old appeared to suggest he’s ready to leave his music career behind.

“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,” he told Complex. “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.”

He even suggested Outkast’s 2006 record “Idlewild” is their last, insisting he’d be “totally fine” if the pair didn’t release another album.

Explaining he enjoys no longer being a part of the rap scene after living in it for so long, Andre – whose full name is Andre Lauren Benjamin – would rather make music as a hobby from now on rather than feeling pressure to deliver new material.

“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?” he mused. “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.”

Luckily Andre has other ventures to keep him busy, including being the creative director of Swedish brand Tretorn.

20 thoughts on “Andre 3000 Hopes To God He Won’t Be Rapping In 10 Years”

  1. Just don’t rap 3 Stacks. I don’t get the ” I pray to God I won’t be rapping” stuff. Is he saying that he hopes that he’s in a financial position where he doesn’t have to rap in 10 years? Yet these rockers tour and release music well into their 70s. SMH. Just make some dope adult music man. I don’t care what you call it. If a culture has an age limit it will eventually die. What are us 40 yr old plus hip hop heads to do? Keep listening to Aquemini?

  2. He already is in a financial position where he doesn’t have to rap anymore. Outkast is one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time. They received six Grammys and sold over 25 million records in the U.S alone. I’d say they’ve already accomplished a lot. If music no longer gives him pleasure and he wants to do other things why not?

  3. I thought the same thing. He acts like it’s embarrassing or degrading if he’s still rapping 10 yrs later.

  4. Clayton Tarentino

    A new Outkast album would destroy this so called new wave.. Destroy and rebuild….

  5. I love Andre 3000 but this sht feels like a cry for attention like he wants people beggin for him to not quit. Shts like Jay-Zs retirement maneuver. If you don’t wanna rap then don’t do it, we’ll all live and survive without you.

  6. He can do whatever he wants. But there are some people that for some reason think he’s one of the greatest rappers of all time. Truly great rappers and emcees dont say stuff like what he just said.

  7. Clayton Tarentino

    Obviously you’ve never listened to an outkast album in your life, it’s always been on another lever and completely different.. You need to change your name to Talk just to talk …

  8. lol I bought southernplayalisticadillacmuzik on tape. When it came out. Still have it as a matter of fact. Try again.

  9. Clayton Tarentino

    Well act like you know their music has always been different from anything else .. no comparison

  10. i fell in love with Outlast when they were just doing straight up dope hiphop from Atlanta, which is what their first album was. A.t.liens was different when it came out but to me it was a dissapointment because i was a fan from the first album.

    After that the game caught up to them and their stuff really wasnt that crazy to me. “Bombs Over Bagdad” was cool but im in Miami so that kind of beat felt like booty bass music. Even “Hey Ya” sounds like Japanese Shibuya kei clubpop. But most people dont have the reference points to recognize that so it sounds new and crazy to them.

    If Outkast came out now i bet they would sound like a mix of Kendrick Lamar and Future.

  11. Clayton Tarentino

    Man you have to do a better job being believable .. First of all Aquemini was highly acclaimed and you talking about the times caught up to them with A.T.Liens.. dude you mention a few hit singles anyone would know. Lets not forget the Diamond album speakerbox/The love below was a classic.. You sound ignorant. You’re just talking to talk at this point. Please stop making a fool out of yourself

  12. Yes ill stop making myself out to be a fool by not arguing with one.

    “Poole calmly drew five golden eagles from his pockets and slapped them on the bar, offerimg to fight any man of the Tammany group who would cover his money..”

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